Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 10, 2010.

Update #12

Global Union Coming This Saturday & Sunday


Sherry Watson said it best. We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

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Update #11

We Did It!

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At about 7:00 p.m. last night, I snuck a quick look at my Blackberry to learn that with his $10 pledge, Christopher brought us to $15,000. Thank you, Christopher, And many, many thanks to our 280 backers.

We've been loving the warm words of support we've been hearing from everyone. At 6:46 last night, Elaine wrote "I think you crossed it. Hooray for supporters of world music in Milwaukee!". At 10:15 last night, Lucky wrote - "According to the Kickstarter website, you guys crossed the line! Congratulations!". Richard wrote on our Facebook Wall (very early this morning, I might add -- we're impressed with this, Richard) "Congratulations on reaching your Kickstarter goal and helping to save Global Union festival as we know it! I knew your audiences would NOT let you down!". The big "CONGRATS!" from Nancy says it all. And Chris wrote -- "I'll volunteer at GU if you need me." (Answer -- we do, Chris. And anyone who wants to help out at the Festival, please shoot Rory an email at

We've also enjoyed hearing how you've been following our progress on the Kickstarter website over the past few weeks. We always believed that Global Union was about community building, and it's incredibly gratifying to see the Global Union community in action.

And the pledges are still coming in! As I was writing this, Mara just pledged $25, bringing our total to a whopping $15,285!

You'll be hearing from us early next week as to how we will get your Rewards to you. But for now, please know that you've made this one of the better weekends I've had in a while. And with these great vibes going for us, I know the weather is going to be fantastic!

Thank you.


Update #10

$255 to go!

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Who's going to hit it out of the park?

Update #9

We are $505 away from goal!

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Who will put us over the top?

Update #8

75% there and 5 days to go!


We're at $11,300, 75% of our $15,000 goal. We're only $3,700 away from being 100% funded. And when we reach that $15,000 goal, that sum will be matched by another $15,000. Thanks to everyone who brought us to where we are today. (And to those of you who have come back and upped your pledges, we are tremendously grateful for your powerful vote of confidence. ) If everyone would take a brief moment to share this link with a friend or two and tell them why you think Global Union is an important event for Milwaukee, we'll cover that remaining 25% with time to spare.

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    We thank you online. From the bottom of our heart. And you bask in the glow that you are a part of a community that values diversity, individual expression, global commonality, and a rockin’ good time.

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    All the above, plus a vintage Global Union T-Shirt – either the cool red one with the fist or the adorable beige one with our sweet AP mascot, Asmina Paloma (she's waving our flag in the video). (while supplies and sizes last).

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    The Global Union 2010 poster, signed by its creator, the one and only Dwellephant.

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    You and three friends receive a coveted invitation to WMSE’s “Top O’ The Hill Lounge” – a reserved, VIP-only section of the Festival grounds where you are guaranteed a great view and the elite company of fellow Global Union patrons hosted by the marvelously talented and exceedingly attractive staff of WMSE. Good for both days of Festival.

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    A Global Union 2010 poster, signed by the one and only Dwellephant, and every artist performing at this year’s Festival

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    A CD from each of the wildly diverse and amazingly gifted artists performing at this year’s Festival.

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    ALL THE ABOVE PLUS VIP Parking for both days of the Festival. Instead of the eagle-eyed slow cruise through Bay View wishing and hoping and thinking and praying for an open spot, you and the friends in your vehicle drive straight to the Humboldt Park Band Shell where you will be greeted by one of our amiable and exceedingly attractive volunteers and shown to your very own parking place mere steps away from the Festival. Talk about eliciting awe and envy.

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    Want to amp up the envy and awe factor? How about a beer with that VIP parking? You and three friends get ALL THE ABOVE PLUS the VIP Backstage Pass for one set – first come, first choose for each of our six artists. You meet the artist. You have that aforementioned beer. A truly delicious sandwich. You get an extraordinarily groovy backstage pass. (It’s laminated!) And you watch that set from backstage where the energy is unmatched because you can see a few thousand people grooving to the music that’s right next to you.

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    Serious awe and envy? The parking, the beer, the VIP Backstage Pass for you and three friends, ALL THE ABOVE PLUS you can hang backstage for the entire Festival, and we’ll put your name on the big on-stage banner along with our other major funders!

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