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OMF On Vinyl And Back In The Studio for 2015
424 backers pledged $23,185 to help bring this project to life.

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This isn't just a kickstarter campaign. It's a call to battle.

FACT: Kids like Keating shouldn't have to engage in illegal rainstick fighting in order to raise money to record their musical performances. We need you to make a difference. Because Keating's life and the lives of talented young musicians around the world are at-risk.  

But with your help, they will only be  

...AT-RISK of knowing that people value their efforts.

...AT-RISK of feeling special. 

...AT-RISK of fulfilling their dreams!

Our Story

The O'Keefe Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has nearly 300 videos and over 23 million views on Youtube.  Yet we are perhaps best known for the cover of Tool's "46 and 2" which is quickly approaching 9 million views. In late 2014 the students launched their first fundraising campaign and slowly began collecting donations for their latest cover, "Sober" by Tool. In the video below you can see the quality that OMF can only achieve through your support. 

Our Project

Our project is simply this--produce more content and help more children share their gifts with a global audience. This material will then be released through several different media: videos, digital downloads, 7 inch vinyl records and 12 inch vinyl records.  

Here is some material that is in the works or up for consideration:

  • "Duality" Slipknot
  • "Burn" The Cure
  • "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" Richard Thompson
  • "Lateralus" Tool
  • "The Worst" The Rolling Stones
  • The NeverEnding Story soundtrack
  • Labyrinth soundtrack
  • Guns n' Roses
  • Danzig
  • and many more... 

Rewards

Here are just a few of the rewards you can choose from when you make a tax deductible pledge:  

-Exclusive ringtone of 2 year Brady Miracle playing his Chimes of Doom with a dirty shovel. This talented artist is featured in the kids' cover of "Sober" by Tool..

-OMF postcard with a short note of thanks handwritten by one of the students.

-Official OMF t-shirt.

-Words can't do the vinyl records justice and neither can digital mock ups. Just know this, the kids take a great deal of pride in everything that they create. Like their videos, the records will be one-of-kind.

  • A 7 inch vinyl record with the kids' cover of "46 and 2" and "Sober".
  • A 12 inch record with deluxe packaging and custom artwork.   

-Be in our next promo video! And if you can't act, no problem! Just watch "Big Trouble in Little China" and the 1st half of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome". You now have what it takes to be OMF movie star! Note: This reward does not include lodging and transportation to Cincinnati, OH for the 8 hour film shoot. Filming will occur on a Saturday and we will do our best to find a date that works for everyone involved. 

Where Will The Money Go

Fortunately, OMF is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers. We make every effort to cut costs and accomplish as much as possible with each donation. Our goal is $20,000 which will allow us to produce, manufacture and distribute the kids' recordings, videos and vinyl records for the remainder of 2015. Here is a rough breakdown of the costs associated with this project: 

Stretch Goals

If through your generosity we exceed our goal of $20,000 the additional funds will be used to produce even more material by talented young musicians.

Tax Deduction

For US residents, most of your pledge is tax deductible. Buying merchandise in order to support a charitable organizations puts you into the got-something-in-return category. The price you pay for the records, t-shirts, rainsticks, etc...cannot be fully deducted; only the difference between your purchase price and fair market value qualifies. For example, someone with discerning taste is going to buy Keating's rainstick for $750 and probably hang it in their formal dining room. The fair market value of a rainstick is about $30; therefore, the amount this individual can deduct is $720. You can use Amazon or Ebay to check the fair market value of any item on our rewards list. For donors outside of the U.S. please check with your local tax laws.

Risks and challenges

All of our projects involve some amount of risk because the bands are composed of children as young as 2. However, with years of experience OMF has the ability to deal with these obstacles and help the kids produce something truly exceptional.

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    You will earn the kids' undying gratitude because every little bit truly does help.

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    The kids' gratitude and a ringtone of 2 year Brady Miracle playing his Chimes of Doom with a dirty shovel. This talented artist is featured in the kids' cover of "Sober" by Tool.

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    Receive a digital copy of the kids' "Sober" and "Death Note"--the perfect soundtrack to a cold, rainy, dark, your girlfriend just left you kind of day. + TIERS ABOVE

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    An official OMF postcard signed by one of the kids, a digital download of "Burn" by The Cure and your name will appear in the credits of the kids' video for "Burn". + TIERS ABOVE

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    The kids on a 7 inch vinyl record....one side with their "46 and 2" and the other side with "Sober". Don't own a record player? No worries, the kids' 45 record also serves as a frisbee, a coaster, a trivett, a wall hanging, a Christmas ornament and a serving tray for small hors d'oeuvres. + TIERS ABOVE

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    Want to make a great first impression? Need the perfect outfit for a long night of clubbing? Then pledge now for an official OMF t-shirt. Its classy design and superb Chinese tailoring will ensure that you will be noticed! People will talk about you! People will wonder who you are! Plus, you can walk up to anyone in the club and say, "Hey, I got a record and some digital downloads along with this t-shirt. You want to go to back to my place and listen to them?" + PLUS TIERS ABOVE

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    For the serious audiophile--a deluxe 12 inch vinyl record featuring the kids' best work and a ton of new tracks that will only be available on vinyl. As you feast your eyes on the gorgeous cover artwork (by an as of yet unnamed artist), your ears will by assaulted by 45 minutes of crushing metal, hidden tracks hiding inside hidden tracks, spoken word poetry, the kids' original songs and more!. This will be the holy grail of records! + PLUS TIERS ABOVE

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    When Addie [the singer from "Bloodletting" and organist from "Sober"] isn't working at Marcotte's Auto Body shop to raise money for her next recording session, she enjoys playing Norweigan Black Metal, watching episodes of My Little Pony and forging friendship bracelets from the finest imported plastic beads. Our Nordic fans refer to them as friendship gauntlets. Pledge today and make a new friend. + TIERS ABOVE

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    Willa, the 5 year pump organist from "Sober", will draw a portrait of you. Her preferred medium is crayon on construction paper. It will be a pastoral scene...you will most likely be surrounded by flowers, clouds and the sun. But Willa sometimes has dark moods...we can't guarantee anything ...you might be surrounded by scary monsters or angry men of stick. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7)

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    Collectors Item!!!...Keating's rainstick used in filming our Kickstarter promo video...may or may not having Denis' blood on it. This dangerous weapon can make a gentle rainlike sound or be used to defend yourself in combat. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7)

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    The kids are covering "Duality" and you just can't play a Slipknot song without a 5 year old banging on a beer keg with a baseball bat. But this isn't just any keg. Like selecting excellent tone woods for a guitar, Brian O'Keefe, an expert beer sommelier, will choose a keg that produces a rich, pleasant tone. He will then age the beer keg with a blend of Keystone and Milwakee's Best. Alone and with absolute concentration, Brian will systematically empty the keg in a single weekend. After the keg has been recorded and videotaped it will then be promptly shipped to you. The keg will not contain any beer (crazy Kickstarter rules), but it will be signed by all of the students from the Slipknot cover and your name will appear in the credit sequence of the video. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7)

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    Want to be in our next promo video entitled "Death by Rainstick"? Can you pass a background check? Think you have what it takes to survive in an illegal, Filipino underground rainstick fighting ring? When the cameras are rolling can you pretend that you're in a post apocalyptic future not too unlike Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome? Can you get yourself to Cincinnati, OH for the 8 hour film shoot and then join the crew for fried chicken, rice and dinuguan (pig's blood, chunks of fat and meat of dubious origin)? If you can answer yes to the questions above, then pledge today! Note: Reward doesn't included transportation to Cincinnati, OH or lodging. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7)

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    Brady Miracle, perhaps the most famous chime player in the world, has used a dirty, Razorback shovel for all of his seminal recordings. Imagine "Sober" without this shovel. Imagine his groundbreaking album "Chimes and Chicks" without this shovel. This is your chance to own a piece of music history! More importantly, you could be the envy of the neighborhood as you work on your yard using this shovel while listening to the included digital downloads of Brady Miracle's album and "The Brady Miracle Super Special Sober Edition". The shovel will be signed by Brady Miracle and all of the students on "Sober". And if you're cool with it, we will write an article about your impeccable sense of taste and appreciation for the finer things in life. This will go on the OMF website with a photo of you holding the shovel or maybe working in the yard with it or hanging it in your formal dining room, etc...your call. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7 and 13)

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    At this tier level you get the fullsize rainstick that Denis "The Irish Viking" O'Rouke used in the filming (definitely has Keating's blood on it). Denis will also provide you with 1 hour of rainstick training and personal fitness in Cincinnati, OH. Learn to first lull your opponent to sleep with the rainstick's gentle sounds and then beat them mercilessly with it. Note: Reward doesn't included transportation to Cincinnati, OH. + TIERS ABOVE (1-7)

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