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ConserFest is a FREE, volunteer-organized music and arts festival on Block Island, RI, raising awareness for environmental conservation
97 backers pledged $6,707 to help bring this project to life.

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Who are we?

Originating on Block Island, RI, ConserFest is a “music movement for conservation awareness.” Our mission is to raise consciousness for environmental conservation through the celebration of music and art. We are a strictly grassroots effort relying heavily on volunteers for our events and year-round staff, making us a driving force in raising awareness about local environmental issues.The proceeds and donations from all ConserFest events help to support and fund local non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the natural environment and raising awareness for the conservation and preservation of local land, heritage and culture. Check out or website www.conserfest.org, Like us on Facebook at ConserFest and follow us on Twitter @conserfest.

(From left) ConserFest's own Tracy Finn, Travis Greenlee, Cameron Greenlee and Brandon Morris
(From left) ConserFest's own Tracy Finn, Travis Greenlee, Cameron Greenlee and Brandon Morris

Why are we Kickstarting?

We're Kickstarting to put on ConserFest 2015!! ConserFest is a one-day music festival on Sunday, August 2, on Block Island, RI. Local and regional musicians and artists donate their time to play around the Island for this rockin’ festival! As “Music on a Mission”, our goal is to educate about the environment and to encourage participants to become agents of change, embodying the ConserFest core mantra of "Embrace Your Place" and taking it with them wherever they go :)

The money you donate to ConserFest 2015 will help us:

  • Purchase merchandise to sell at the event, with the proceeds supporting local Block Island conservation efforts.

  • Fund transportation, housing and food for musicians and artists.

  • Rent sound equipment and staging.

  • Print promotional materials for the event.
  • Purchase advertising space for the event.

Who do we support?

We have been working, since our inception, to support Block Island Conservancy (BIC). BIC is the oldest environmental protection group on Block Island, dedicated to maintaining habitats, protecting Block Island's natural heritage, rural character and public access to its resources. We are also working to achieve non-profit status to maintain this local focus while reaching out to other conservation efforts on Block Island. We strive to create new collaborations to continue raising environmental awareness and sharing the message of conservation with a broader audience.

Block Island's Southeast Lighthouse
Block Island's Southeast Lighthouse
Lewis Farm, one of the many amazing pieces of conserved land on Block Island.
Lewis Farm, one of the many amazing pieces of conserved land on Block Island.

ConserFest History

The idea of ConserFest was conceived when its founders recognized the importance and urgency of raising awareness for land conservation among younger generations. Inspired by BIC and other like-minded organizations, they wanted to further these efforts by educating the general public on the magnitude of conserving open space in fragile places like Block Island. Each year, BI receives an enormous amount of impact, both environmental and economical, from tourist populations. 

So, how do you raise awareness among younger generations about the importance of conserving open space in fragile places like Block Island? Music became ConserFest's language for speaking out and building awareness and change around these vital issues.  

Since 2008, the ConserFest team of volunteers continues to bring together the masses in a series of music celebration events to spread the word about protecting great places!

Block Island School teacher, Nancy Greenaway, speaks at one of Conserfests'  beach events.
Block Island School teacher, Nancy Greenaway, speaks at one of Conserfests' beach events.
Kids and ConserFest go hand-in-hand!!
Kids and ConserFest go hand-in-hand!!
Active conservation supporters, Stephen and Mary Sue Record, enjoy Conserfest year after year.
Active conservation supporters, Stephen and Mary Sue Record, enjoy Conserfest year after year.
Our trusty sound volunteers Dave Flamand and Jimmy Murray.
Our trusty sound volunteers Dave Flamand and Jimmy Murray.

Risks and challenges

The highest risk with ConserFest is too much fun, great music and missing your ferry :) The show goes on rain or shine!! This is our 7th year organizing the festival, so we really don't anticipate any great risks, but if there is anything that pops up during the process, we will be sure to let you know and keep you posted!

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    Your name on our "Thank You" page on our website and on a video shoutout from one of our ConserFest team members, posted here weekly!

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    Receive a personalized thank you card featuring an original photo from Block Island's own Tracy Finn AND an awesome "ConserFest" sticker!

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    Get the card, the sticker AND a locally-designed ConserFest 2015 poster!

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    The card, the sticker AND a ConserFest tote bag!!

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    The card, the sticker AND an original, matted Block Island photo from our local and talented photographer, Tracy Finn!

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    Get the card, get the sticker AND get one of our 2015 ConserFest tee-shirts!!

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    Get all of the above!! Get the card, the sticker, the poster, the tote, the photo AND the tee!!
    Pick it all up in one tote-able package at the event or we'll send it to you after the event :)

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Throwing down this amount will get you the ConserFest Experience!!

    This crazy package includes (for 2)...
    - Ferry tickets to/from the Island for the event.
    - Bike rental to cruise the Island and check out the amazing place we support.
    - Food vouchers to chow down at local eateries.
    - The complete tote of merch upon arrival.
    - AND the "artist badge" to get you behind the scenes to hang like the artists throughout the day!!

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