We are the Artifice Club, and we have been a Club dedicated to sharing our love for Steampunk and other retro-inspired expression since 2010 through producing large events here in Terminus (also known as Atlanta), as well as working with conventions all over the US.
Founded by internationally renowned burlesque performer Talloolah Love and Steampunk DJ Doctor Q, we formed this Club to showcase just how amazing and inspirational we see the steampunk subculture, and how well it fits in with so many other vintage and retro cultures. We have hosted many a successful show to prove that point, mixing the gears with the glamour and providing a place for artists to display their wares and costumers to see and be seen while enjoying some incredible live music and performances themed to the evening.
The Club has operated as a for-profit business since its inception and has grown to be so much larger than when we started, but after careful consideration we have decided to become a 501(c)(3) Arts Non-Profit whose mission will be to foster, support, and create art of the present using inspiration from the past. While we want to continue to produce large events locally, we also want to expand and share our vision with the world at large. To do so, we need to first raise the funds to help cover our legal and filings costs to make this transition into Non-Profit status. At a bare minimum to continue, it is sadly not cheap. After we meet our first fund-raising goal, we have a series of overage goals in place to help us kick off our first show, rework our website, invest in long-term props and equipment, and begin to lay the foundation for a large arts festival in 2014.
It is one thing to say we stand for all things Steampunk art, but that may not sound clear. We want to continue to grow as we have been, and in a big way. Prior to this launch, we have worked with resident artists, authors, bands, makers, costumers, DJs, effects artists, and more. Examples include:
• Apparition Abolishers
• Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
• Bonaventure Quartet
• Dim Horizon Studio
• Frenchy & the Punk
• Hot Toddies Flaming Cabaret
• Janet K. Lee
• Megan Jean & the KFB
• 2011 Queen of Burlesque Miss Indigo Blue
• Penny Dreadful Productions
• And so much more!
As of February of 2013, we've worked with over 50 different bands, performers, acts, and resident artists, and that number was only limited by the funds we were able to raise. As a 501(c)(3), we would be able to raise more funds on our own, thus letting us support more artists going forward. Should our shows continue to succeed and our fund-raising efforts pay off, we can then share our success far beyond the borders of Atlanta. We plan to offer grants to ALL of our members all over the world to help them continue to create, imagine, explore, and succeed! So, the more WE succeed, the more everyone succeeds.
So where does it all go?
We are asking for a lot. These are big ideas that span far beyond our city's borders, so how can we justify it to you in order to get you as excited as we are about this project? Well, here we go:
• The Initial Goal: At $3,500 we will have what we need to start. We will be able to cover legal costs, filing fees, and compliance costs to move our company to a Non-Profit. In addition, we will use a small portion of the funds we raise to cover promotional costs that we can use to help us raise awareness and raise funds at fan tables and events around the U.S. [DONE! We're going to have ourselves a 501(c)(3)!]
• Overage Goal No. 1 – The Grimm Gear Gala, Storybook Steampunk: At $6,500 we pop the cork and celebrate! We can make the initial deposits and marketing costs to get our show on the road and we will host the Grimm Gear Gala: Storybook Steampunk in the Fall of this year. This luxurious VIP event will feature a fairy-tale take on Steampunk, and the more funds we raise, the better this show becomes. We will also donate 10% of all funds back into other Kickstarter projects that adhere to our core values, as there are lots of great steampunk projects out there that can use a leg up. [DONE! We will be able to put the base deposits down to make this show happen thanks to all of you!]
• Overage Goal No. 2 – All Aboard the Artifice Express: At $15,700 we really step it up a notch. We completely update the Club's website. The new design will let everyone over the world apply for membership to the Club. In doing so, you would enter your desired level of membership, whether you are a creator or patron of the arts, where to find you, and whether you want to be contacted for panels or shows we produce. Think of it like a Retro-future LinkedIn. We’d also expand our Multimedia to host our Podcast on our own page, add a YouTube channel, and really step it up. In addition, we will reserve the Chattanooga Choo Choo for a HUGE 2-Day Steampunk Event. Currently under the working title of The Artifice Club Express, it would be an all-day Saturday with brunch on Sunday celebration of all things steampunk in a Victorian-era Train Station that has been remodeled as a hotel. Tentatively set for March 29-30, 2014, it would feature a high tea, live music, vendors, presenters, and more. But the focus would be more of an arts festival, less of a Convention. It is up to you as to how big it can get. If we get past our first overage goal, we will unlock special perks to get to this goal such as two nights in a sleeper car, green room access, and more. And don’t forget, 10% of all funds go to other Kickstarter projects.
• Overage Goal No. 3 – The Pie in the Sky: At $27,000, we then hit the moon like Jules Verne. Seriously though, at this goal we would be able to fully fund the Club's website re-design, expand our legal coverage to make sure we can fully secure and pave the way to open up our future fund-raising to the rest of the world, add immense quality to both overage goal shows, and even add some major investments. These investments include the building of a concessions stand that would be portable and travel with us to all shows we do, audio equipment to reduce overhead costs, a P.O. Box and storage space for our business for a year, and increased promotional items – such as custom commissioned prints from working artists and exclusive gear for members. If we hit this goal, the sky is the limit for us.
Please give what you can!
Risks and challenges
Is this project risky? Hell yes it is. From our research, there has never been anything like what we’re doing before.
The closest business model we can find is that of a theater company. But we’re so much more than that. We’re an event company, an artist collective, and a grant foundation all rolled into one. But we can do it. All of us are great at producing some incredible art, but with the Artifice Club in existence, we can be there to help artists succeed.
If you’re a musician, we can help you book shows. If you’re a sculptor or painter, we can help you produce a gallery opening. If you’re an author, we can help you with a book tour. the possibilities are vast, and we're excited about them.
This is not to say this does not present considerable challenges. We would need to really educate the art community across almost every level of imaginative expression. We would also need to continue to explain “What is Steampunk?” to the art masses beyond conventions and eclectic shows. But with the recent exposure from IBM, Prada, and others, we feel the time is right to make this a big splash in the artistic community, and it would be by us, for us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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