About this project
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.
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.
- audiobook narrators
- audio performers
- audio artists
- audio enthusiasts
- audio engineers
- audio consumers
- audio drama
- live and recorded story-telling
- academic paper presentations
- performance workshops (sfx, music, voice, writing)
- juried competitions
- presentations on the physics of sound
- 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
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:
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
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Regarding the USB flash drive premium, how is the audio of actual HEAR Now festival sessions going to be delivered by April when the festival is in June two monthes later?
The flash drive will be shipped in April and the audio will be offered as a download after the festival ends.
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