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The world's largest Human-Powered Music Festival is more ambitious this year. We need your help to cover increased permitting fees.

Entering our 7th year this June 22, Bicycle Music Festival has maintained its commitment to innovation, responsible growth, and community power since our first event. This year, the permitting process was much more intense than in previous years, mostly because we are moving our Night Venue to the heart of the Mission District. The level of scrutiny and the fees have gone way up. This is also the first year that we'll have an official Police escort on the LiveOnBike ride, which should increase the safety (though we've been blessed with very few incidents in past years). All in all these steps are setting us up for an amazing day of music, fun, and inspiration. But we learned about the fees long after setting our budget and fundraising goals for this year.

In short, we are coming up short this year. Even if we sell a ton of Bike Blended Smoothies, BMF would be in the hole. So we are turning to you. 

If the Kickstarter method is successful this year, we will consider it for future years. Our priorities are to keep the festival free on the day of, and not to clutter our visual space with logos of companies that have nothing to do with our actual Mission Statement. 

A successful Kickstarter will also be a huge morale boost to our crew. If we raise more than our target we'll put the money towards future budgets and long term dreams, like:

- Creating a West Coast Bicycle Music Festival tour where different cities who already have BMFs (like Seattle, Eugene, Chico) and new ones stagger their dates to allow fans and bands to tour by bike from one to the next.
- Increasing our documentation of the fest to allow more groups from other cities to put on events with increasing quality and at lower cost.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are definitely going to have BMF this year! We will not cancel our festival if this Kickstarter campaign fails. However, we will be in the hole and it will affect the enthusiasm of the founders to come back full force next year.

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    - Our gratitude, your name on our web site. - A Bike Blended Smoothie at the festival.

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    - Your name written in big fat Sharpie on our Donor wall which will be on display at the Festival. - A Bike Blended Smoothie and Pedal Powered Ice Cream at the Festival. (Please note: this gift does not include any money that goes to the bands. Please considering buying a 'Golden Bracelet' or giving to the Golden Geese at the festival.)

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    Everything in Reward #3 + a limited edition Bicycle Music Festival sew-on patch, printed on fair trade organic cotton with eco-ink (pick up at the event only) + a 2013 Bicycle Music Festival 12x18 poster (pick up at the event only) featuring art by Nathan Hale

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    Everything in Reward #5 (pick up at the event only), but the poster will be signed by the bands! (pick up at the event only)

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    - Thanks on the mic at the festival - A Bicycle Music Festival T-Shirt in your size (American Apparel shirt) - The above rewards. (Please note: this gift does not include any money for the bands at this year's BMF. Please consider buying a 'Golden Bracelet' or giving to the Golden Geese at the festival.)

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    - A Golden Bracelet ($20 cash contribution to bands who play at the Festival) - The above rewards

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    - A 1st printing Bicycle Music Festival hoodie. Soft, comfy navy blue American Apparel Hoodie with beautiful khaki and black BMF logo on the chest. - The above rewards incuding thanks on the mic at BMF.

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    A limited edition Bicycle Music Festival hoodie with your name on the sleeve. - The above rewards (Please note: This reward will only be available at the festival if we meet our Kickstarter goal by June 18.)

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    A Boda Boda cargo cruiser bicycle generously donated by Yuba Bicycles and tuned up by Rock The Bike mechanics. To be displayed at the festival and then picked up by you just in time for the LiveOnBike Parade. Capable of carrying a passenger. Includes sturdy double stand and water resistent cargo bag. - Plus thanks on the mic at the festival, a T-shirt in your size, a Bike Blended Smoothie, Ice Cream, and Golden Bracelet ($ for bands).

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    A bright blue Fender Blender Pro (Vitamix Edition) generously donated by Rock The Bike. Make smoothies and margaritas, grind coffee, and more at your organization, company, or event. Available for pickup at the festival, drop off in San Francisco or Berkeley/Oakland, or shipping anywhere in the US. - Plus thanks on the mic at the festival, a T-shirt in your size, a Bike Blended Smoothie, Ice Cream, and Golden Bracelet ($ for bands).

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