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Help the National Audio Theatre Festivals, a non-profit organization, produce the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival.

SOUND OFF AND SUPPORT HEAR NOW!

Help the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF), a non-profit organization, produce the FIRST EVER HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival.

Come celebrate the arts of audio drama, audiobooks, and the spoken word in all its modern manifestations. The National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF) invites you to be a part of the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 20th - 23rd, 2013.

From ancient times, we have loved hearing a well-told story, a tall tale, a good yarn. In the old days this communication occurred face-to-face. Today we have a multitude of technological capabilities to reach thousands—even millions—of ears via audiobooks, the Internet, recorded drama, and that old standby, the radio.

HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for audio story-telling in all its forms—live and scripted solo performances, classic and contemporary radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.  The Festival, which is the first of its kind in the United States, offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art in theaters and other “listening” venues in the heart of Kansas City, MO.

The HEAR Now Festival audience experience includes recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas.  Live and recorded programming offer moderated discussions and panels for conversations and the exchange of new ideas – providing an immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art story-telling.

WHO:

  • audiobook narrators
  • audio performers
  • actors
  • authors
  • audio artists
  • audio enthusiasts
  • producers
  • directors
  • audio engineers
  • audio consumers
  • storytellers
  • musicians
  • singers
  • comedians
  • dramatists

WHAT:

  • audio drama
  • live and recorded story-telling
  • sketches
  • poetry
  • academic paper presentations
  • performance workshops (sfx, music, voice, writing)
  • juried competitions
  • presentations on the physics of sound

WHERE:

  • Kansas City, MO

PARTNERS / CURRENT SPONSORS:

  • Missouri State Arts Council
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Kansas City, MO)
  • Neumann USA
  • AudioFile Magazine
  • Sennheiser USA
  • ZBS Foundation

HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN!:

Mingling with the voice and sound professionals that make this exciting art form possible is an essential component of the HEAR Now Festival experience.  This Kickstarter campaign is to bring an astounding mixture of award-winning audio professionals to one location so that the audio loving public and industry professionals have face-to-face (and voice-to-voice) contact.  Imagine spending time in the same room with such greats as Simon Jones, Phil Proctor of Firesign Theatre, Barbara Rosenblat, among other award-winning voices.

HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT
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The money raised is being used specifically for the costs of bringing the audio industry’s top level narrators, writers, technicians, and visionaries together to Kansas City, MO for the Festival. These costs include travel and lodging, local transportation, meals, and associated Festival costs.

PUSH GOALS:

Any funds received over and above the initial goal of $25,000 will be used strictly for the 2013 HEAR Now Festival event.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always risks involved in creating a first of its kind event, but we know we can deliver. The support that the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF) has already garnered and our organization's 30 years of experience working together with industry leaders, communities, and universities give us confidence that we can successfully calculate risks and meet challenges head-on. We are very good at working within a budget, and we are adaptable and flexible. We have the determination and ingenuity to solve problems as they arise.

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    1 HEAR Now microphone key chain and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 USB flash drive with audio of actual HEAR Now Festival sessions and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 HEAR Now Festival Tee-shirt, 2 individual Festival listening tickets, 1 USB flash drive with audio of actual HEAR Now Festival sessions, 1 HEAR Now microphone key chain, Audio Book CD — William’s Leap For Freedom, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 HEAR Now Festival Tee-shirt, 2 individual Festival listening tickets, 1 USB flash drive with audio of actual HEAR Now Festival sessions, 1 HEAR Now microphone key chain, Audio Book CD — The Longest Night: A Personal History of Pan Am 103, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 HEAR Now Festival Tee-shirt, 2 individual Festival listening tickets, 1 USB flash drive with audio of actual HEAR Now Festival sessions, 1 HEAR Now microphone key chain, Audio Book CD — Coming Home To Us: A Trilogy of Love, Loss & Healing, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 Signed Book and audiobook download from Ellen Kushner of “The Privledge of the Sword” by Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner & Barbara Rosenblat with a Supporting Cast including Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan and with guest appearances by Felicia Day and Neil Gaiman.COMES WITH SIGNED PAPERBACK BY AUTHOR. Also, there will be a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 Signed Book and audiobook download from Ellen Kushner of “Swordspoint," written by Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner with a Supporting Cast including Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Simon Jones, Robert Fass, and Nick Sullivan. COMES WITH SIGNED PAPERBACK BY AUTHOR. Also, there will be a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 Firesign Theater Book set and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    $250 in audiobook downloads from the ZBS Foundation, 1 HEAR Now Festival Tee-shirt, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Dion Graham, who was recently named AudioFile Golden Voice and Booklist's "Voice of Choice" (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Barbara Rosenblat, who won 2011 Best Voice in MYSTERY & SUSPENSE for “Crunch Time” and “Silent Mercy” (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Simon Jones, who is best-known for his radio narration of Douglas Adams' hero, 'Arthur Dent' in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the now-classic adventure tale (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Robert Fass, who won the prestigious Audie Award for his recording of "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic" by Gordon S. Wood (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Bill Dufris, who won the Best Voice in MYSTERY & SUSPENSE for his recordings of "The Black Dove" and "Blackman’s Coffin," among other awards (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Personalized Answering Machine Message by celebrity audio narrator Robin Miles, who won the Earphones Award for "Cane River," as well as several Audie nominations and other awards (see HEAR Now website under Festival 2013 / Festival Guests for full biography), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    2 "Full Access Passes" to Festival and 2 HEAR Now Festival Tee-shirts and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 Bronze Microphone Package, Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival, 1 TLM 102 Microphone (with EA4 Shockmount), 1 HD380 Headphones, 1 Festival registration pass, hotel accommodations for 1, 1 round-trip domestic airfare, and 1 master class with Charles Potter, Grammy / Audie winning director, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site ($2500 value).

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    1 Silver Microphone Package, 1 Co-Producer's credit for Hear Now Festival, 1 TLM 103 Microphone (with EA1 Shockmount), 1 HD380 Headphones, 1 Festival registration, 1 hotel accommodations, 1 round-trip domestic airfare, and 1 master class with Charles Potter, Grammy / Audie winning director, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site. ($3000 value).

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    Want to share a meal with an old time jazz musician? Maybe the laid back detective Easy Rawlins? Or the threatening monster from Dave Eggers' WILD THINGS? Your Pledge will not only make it possible for celebrity audio narrator Dion Graham--AudioFile's "Golden Voice of Choice”--to come to the Festival, but enable you to have lunch with Dion in Kansas City. In addition, you will get 1 Executive Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival (Executive Co-Producer’s credit will be listed on HEAR Now website and all Festival publicity materials), 1 Festival pass, up to 3 nights hotel accommodations for 1 ($325 max), 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Meet the Meryl Streep of the audiobook industry--multiple award-winning voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat! What more incentive do you need to make it possible for Barbara (2011 Best Voice in MYSTERY & SUSPENSE for “Crunch Time” and “Silent Mercy”) to come to the HEAR Now Fesitval. Pick an accent, a gender, an age, and Barbara will share with you her “voices” at a one-on-one lunch in Kansas City. In addition, you will get 1 Executive Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival (Executive Co-Producer’s credit will be listed on HEAR Now website and all Festival publicity materials), 1 Festival pass, up to 3 nights hotel accommodations for 1 ($325 max), 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    Rumor has it that Katherine Kellgren has more voices in her than the genie from ALADDIN--from sailors, to prim schoolgirls, to drunken Scotsmen, and many more. Not only does Katherine have an aptitude with accents, but her lovely singing voice has enticed a devoted public with such ditties as traditional sea chanteys and ballads. Your pledge will enable Katherine Kellgren to come to the HEAR Now Festival, and, while in Kansas City, you can have a one-on-one lunch with Ms. Kellgran. In addition, you will get 1 Executive Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival (Executive Co-Producer’s credit will be listed on HEAR Now website and all Festival publicity materials), 1 Festival pass, up to 3 nights hotel accommodations for 1 ($325 max), 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    If you are interested in being wowed with the musicality of language and dialect, Robin Miles’s audio narrations will transport you to other times, other eras. Robin’s take on, French, Irish, and Jamaican dialects, and her stunning vocal characterizations, make her a stand-out in the audio drama world. Your Pledge will not only make it possible for celebrity audio narrator Robin Miles--Earphones award-winner for “Cane River”--to come to the Festival, but enable you to have lunch with her in Kansas City at the HEAR Now Festival. Think European, Asian, and African voices, or some combination there of, and get to “kicking in” when you have a one-on-one meal with Robin. In addition, you will get 1 Executive Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival (Executive Co-Producer’s credit will be listed on HEAR Now website and all Festival publicity materials), 1 Festival pass, up to 3 nights hotel accommodations for 1 ($325 max), 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    You've heard "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Now imagine hearing the voice of Arthur Dent in front of you while you enjoy your meal. But don't stop there, imagine more; this is Simon Jones we're talking about here! Your pledge will enable Simon Jones to come to the HEAR Now Festival, and, while in Kansas City, you can have a one-on-one lunch with celebrity voice narrator Simon Jones. In addition, you will get 1 Executive Co-Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival (Executive Co-Producer’s credit will be listed on HEAR Now website and all Festival publicity materials), 1 Festival pass, up to 3 nights hotel accommodations for 1 ($325 max), 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site.

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    1 Gold Microphone Package, 1 Executive Producer's credit for HEAR Now Festival, 1 Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone (with EA87 Shockmount), 1 Sennheiser HD380 Headphones, 1 Festival pass, up 3 nights hotel accommodations for ($325 max), and 1 round-trip domestic USA airfare ($350 max), 1 master class with Charles Potter, Grammy / Audie winning director, and a thank you on HEAR Now Festival web site. ($5200 value).

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Funding period

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