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Love music?

You’ll love playing Music Mayhem, the fast-paced interactive game that challenges you to guess the title and artist of songs from any era or genre.
But we need your help to finish the programming that will bring Music Mayhem to everyone, everywhere! 

My name is Bill Solboe and I’m the creator/inventor of the music guessing game Music Mayhem. Over the past 25 years, I’ve managed Music Mayhem’s evolution from patented board game to live performance show to online game – and now to our current interactive game-show. 

Technology has finally caught up to my vision so that I can bring this great game to the masses in any size venue – from living rooms to sports arenas. But to do that, I need your help. 

What is Music Mayhem?
Music Mayhem is an interactive music guessing game where players use smartphones to submit answers for song title and artist as the song plays. And it goes something like this ....
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This new high-tech component opens the game up to a huge audience. Up until now, only a few people could play Music Mayhem on stage at our live shows.  By incorporating smartphones, now everyone in the audience can play in real time! Think opening act for major concerts, sports stadiums, bars, movie theaters, homes, TV game-show... Now anyone, anywhere in the world can play - at any time!

Getting to this exciting milestone has taken years and years of hard work and a lot of money! Last year we built the fully functioning beta version. We tested this new smartphone version in a local Minneapolis bar — to rave reviews. Then, the game broke down due to the failure of some of the platforms it was built on – and I was out of money. 

So, I’m turning to you for help. We’ve proven that the technology works, and now I need to upgrade the website and supporting game platform to handle unlimited numbers of simultaneous players. The game and our website must be absolutely bullet-proof. For that, I need $54,000.

Not to get ahead of myself, but I also have several stretch goals – including adding thousands more licensed songs to our music library, integrating Facebook and other social media, and building iOS and Android apps to go along with the current web-based interface.
We’re a Benefit Corporation, Just Like Kickstarter! 
I chose to incorporate Music Mayhem as a Benefit Corporation, a new form of corporation that gives for-profit companies the freedom to donate money, time, and/or other resources to causes and issues usually labeled “not-for-profit” in the past. Music Mayhem donates a portion of profits to Alzheimer’s research. 

But Don’t Take Their Word For It – Play Music Mayhem Yourself!
Throughout the campaign, you can “test drive” Music Mayhem! Simply back our campaign with $1 or more and get access to our weekly Music Mayhem webcasts. Either play along with us live on Saturday evenings (9 p.m. U.S. Central Time) or watch an archived recording on your own schedule. You’ll see how the game works and get to practice playing Music Mayhem before we launch the fully functioning smartphone version that you helped bring to life. 

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And Now Some History 
The idea for the game came to me right after I finished college, specifically during one very boring late night winter road trip with my good friends Matt and Bryan. It was about 11 pm on a Friday night and I was driving our old family station wagon, struggling to stay awake while my friends were sound asleep. Something had to be done. 

Rolling down the window and sticking my head out worked for a little while but at 5 degrees Fahrenheit that wasn’t a healthy long-term solution. I roused my dozing passengers, cranked up the car radio and insisted they join me in guessing the title and artist of songs as we flipped through the radio dial. Two hours later we were safely to our destination and a new game, Music Mayhem, was born. 

Over the years, the game evolved… First as a patented board game, then as a half-time show for the Chicago Bulls, and then as live game show that’s been booked at more than 300 venues nationwide.
The Business Plan – Abbreviated 
Individual players pay a small fee to play home games. Commercial venues like bars, comedy clubs, sports arenas and concert halls pay higher fees to use the game technology and our licensed music library, as well as add-ons like customized playlists and professional hosts/DJs. Sponsorships and advertising are another source of revenue. In addition, the smartphone version lets players purchase any of the songs in the game playlist via iTunes, Amazon or Google Play, and we earn a commission on every song purchased. 

What Is the Connection to Alzheimer’s Disease? 
Why do I want people all over the world to be playing Music Mayhem? The main reason is that Music Mayhem is a great game that is amazingly fun. The other reason is that I’m using the game as a vehicle to raise money to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Every time a song is played, my company donates money to research and advocacy. The more people who play this addictive and high-energy game, the more money goes to finding a cure for this devastating disease. 
 Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease matters to me because my family has been hit especially hard. My mom died from it at age 61. Then I lost all three of my brothers – Bob at 41, Tom at 54, and Jim at 57. In 2014, my Dad died from Alzheimer’s as well.
So, I remain. And I know that I have an amazing opportunity and an obligation to do all I can to ease and end the pain that consumes so many individuals and families around the world. I’m so thankful to my loving family and an amazing network of friends and colleagues who have joined together as members of our team to “make Alzheimer’s a distant memory, one song at a time.” Please join us and help at any level that you can. 

Thanks so much for your support. You rock (and roll)!
William Solboe

Risks and challenges

One thing I don’t worry about is whether people will enjoy playing the game. Since its inception as a board game, I’ve loved watching people everywhere get swept up by the fun and excitement of trying to figure out who is singing that song and just what is the name of it! Thousands of players of all ages listening to their favorite genres and era of music, recalling fond memories and creating new ones. With your help, It won't be long now until everyone, everywhere will be able to play Music Mayhem. But there are some real risks and challenges that we have addressed and must plan for as we bring Music Mayhem to the next level.

Q: Do we have legal rights to play the music?
A: Yes. I have all the proper music licenses from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC to play and host Music Mayhem in all its various formats.

Q: Will programming and web development cost more than the quotes I received?
A: One thing I’ve learned over the years of development I’ve done on the game is that everything takes longer and usually costs more than you’ve planned. With that in mind, I always get multiple competitive quotes and budget to account for the likelihood of any possible time and cost over-runs.

Q: What about competitors and potential copy-cats?
A: I hold a patent for the Music Mayhem board game, and have carefully copyrighted every possible piece of the board game and online game. We own a broad range of website domain names. Even with the best intellectual property protection, though, my advisers and my own education teach me that legal protection can never provide bullet-proof protection against a determined and ruthless competitor. One of my closest business advisers – himself an entrepreneur who has faced down copycats and competitors – reminds me that one of the best protections against imitators is to get to market first, do a better job than any copycat, and do everything I can to inspire loyalty in my clients and players of the game. That’s my game plan.

Q: Will I be able to grow sales at a rate that matches the growth of expenses?
A: Expenses that will grow as the game gets more popular include technical and programming costs, music license costs, and hiring and paying for staff. We have been frugal throughout our history and are very good at properly managing our financial resources. Our operating costs are relatively low and margins have been high so we anticipate that we will be able to be profitable very soon after we launch. I sought and completed an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management specifically to gain additional business skills I would need to operate and grow Music Mayhem.

Q: Will we be able to raise enough money to impact the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s?
A: By building a bullet-proof gaming platform and carefully growing the business we will have a sustainable vehicle that can continuously raise money for the cause. My motivation has always been to use the game as the vehicle to raise an enormous amount of money and be a major player in funding the search for a cure.

Q: Will the game sustain players’ interest? Will it develop a base of repeat players and loyal fans?
A: I have worked with game creators in the past and will continue to consult with gaming professionals to make sure that Music Mayhem offers the right types of challenges, enough difficulty levels, and enticing rewards – to keep players coming back. I already have a couple new features ready for the programmers.

Q: Will financial difficulties require me to consider working with investors or clients who don’t share my vision of using Music Mayhem as a fundraising vehicle for Alzheimer’s research?
A: I have faced this challenge before and resolved it quite easily. The important thing is to be transparent with everyone about our mission and how we fulfill it. In fact, the opposite has occurred and we have attracted investors and collaborators because of the social cause we have embraced. By incorporating as a Benefit Corporation, I made sure that my commitment to donate money to Alzheimer’s research is part of the corporate mission.

Note: Per Kickstarter rules, none of the funds raised via this Kickstarter campaign will go to any charitable causes.

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    WEEKLY WEBCAST GAME ACCESS
    Pledge $1 or more and you'll receive access to our weekly Music Mayhem gameshow webcasts. Join us and play live with your friends Saturday nights at 9 p.m. U.S. CST or access a previous show in our archives to play anytime. The webcasts don't include the new smartphone technology but by playing along you'll get a fun intro to the game. Webcasts start Dec. 12th.

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    "OLD" SMART PHONE GAME ACCESS
    Exclusive access to the current smart-phone game - warts and all. You and up to 10 friends can throw your own Music Mayhem party with access to one 5-song game playlist for every $5 pledged. Just remember that this version has some bugs so do keep your expectations reasonably low!

    Enjoy one month of access starting shortly after we reach our campaign fund goal of $54,000 and ending when the new game is released to the general public.

    Every $5 pledged gives you access to a menu of different playlists - think 80's pop, old school hip hop, 90's grunge, classic rock, cheesy 70's, today's country, 60's folk, crooners, metal head, big band, girls rock, etc.

    Also, we'll keep your chosen playlists active and available for you to use when the new game is released to the general public.

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    PRE-RELEASE NEW GAME ACCESS
    Get exclusive, front-of-the-line access to the completely upgraded smartphone game. Gather a group of your good friends together and be the first to see and play the new game before anyone else can. Enjoy one month of pre-release access.

    Every $5 pledged gives you access to a different playlist menu - think 80's pop, old school hip hop, 90's grunge, classic rock, cheesy 70's, today's country, 60's folk, crooners, metal head, big band, girls rock, etc.

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    LUCKY MUSIC MAYHEM GUITAR PICK
    Get your very own lucky guitar pick. Each one hand signed by Bill, the creator of Music Mayhem. Clinically proven to be luckier than any rabbit's foot, horseshoe, clover or penny.

    BONUS: Includes 3 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    STICKER SET
    Proclaim your support of the game with these eye catching stickers. Two sizes that are perfect for your car's window, bumper or side mirrors. Also looks great on your skateboard, snowboard or surfboard.

    BONUS: Includes 4 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    PURE CONTRIBUTION
    At this level, we won't be sending you anything at all. You'll receive the satisfaction of knowing that you were part of a great project and our sincere thanks for your generous support!

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    BAR COASTER SET
    These collectible coasters will protect your favorite coffee table for years and will come in handy for throwing at your friends should they ever manage to beat you while playing Music Mayhem.

    BONUS: Includes 6 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    WINTER or BASEBALL CAP
    Quality cap of your choice complete with the classically cool Music Mayhem insignia. Impress your friends and wear this first edition headwear with pride.

    BONUS: Includes 8 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    HOME GAME
    Play the low/no tech simplified home version of Music Mayhem where players/teams write their song title and artist answers. Play with your music collection, our webcasts, and other online music sources or radio. Game includes pre-printed answer sheets, complete game instructions and rules all packaged in our classic old-school vinyl record jacket.

    BONUS: Includes 3 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    2-PIECE COMBO PACK
    Choose any 2 from:
    - Lucky Guitar Pick
    - Sticker Set
    - Bar Coaster Set
    - Cap Choice
    - Home Game

    BONUS: Includes 10 five-song game playlists for use during the month prior to game's public release. See the $10 reward above for details about this PRE-RELEASE NEW GAME ACCESS.

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    3-PIECE COMBO PACK
    Choose any 3 from:
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    - Sticker Set
    - Bar Coaster Set
    - Cap Choice
    - Home Game

    BONUS: Includes 10 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    GET 'EM ALL COMBO PACK
    Get all 5 pieces of Music Mayhem gear:
    - Lucky Guitar Pick
    - Sticker Set
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    - Cap Choice
    - Home Game

    BONUS: Includes 10 five song playlists for use during the month prior to the new game's release. See $10 reward above for game description and other details.

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    TECH TEAM BETA TESTER
    Get 4 months of unlimited pre and post launch player and admin access to the smartphone version of the game starting immediately after the successful completion of the campaign. Help us perfect the game by finding any bugs and other problems. Give us your brilliant ideas for elegantly simple fixes, improvements and enhancements. We'll include your name in the game credits and will be eternally and externally grateful for your work as part of our tech team!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!
    LIMITED EDITION ORIGINAL
    MUSIC MAYHEM BOARD GAME
    Get one of the last remaining copies of the original board game that started it all! Play at home with your music collection or any other source of music This collector's item was sold at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and game stores across the country.

    BONUS: Includes 10 five-song game playlists for use during the month prior to game's public release. See the $10 reward above for details about this PRE-RELEASE NEW GAME ACCESS.

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    LIMITED EDITION ORIGINAL
    MUSIC MAYHEM BOARD GAME
    Get one of the last remaining copies of the original board game that started it all! Play at home with your music collection or any other source of music This collector's item was sold at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and game stores across the country.

    BONUS: Includes 10 five-song game playlists for use during the month prior to game's public release. See the $10 reward above for details about this PRE-RELEASE NEW GAME ACCESS.

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    BILL CREATES A PLAYLIST SET JUST FOR YOU!
    Get a set of 10 customized playlists created just for you by the creator of Music Mayhem, Bill Solboe.
    Bill knows music and loves creating awesome playlists. He's been doing it for years and really knows how to put together the perfect mix of songs for your next party or event. Bill will talk with you by phone or Skype for a one hour consult. Prior to the private consult, you'll provide him with some details about your musical preferences and the event.

    The customized playlists will be available for your use for a period of 2 years from their completion and delivery.

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    BARGAIN SELF-HOSTED LIVE GAME SHOW
    Bring Music Mayhem to your favorite local theater or any other venue. Save big by hosting the game show yourself or hire a local DJ or budding actor to lead the crowd in two hours of music fun. We provide you with everything needed for a night filled with music and mayhem. Choice of up to 20 five-song playlists, host script, and complete technical set-up instructions (up to 300 players).

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    Do you want to become a part of our vision? Back our project at this level and your company's name, logo and mission statement will appear on our website's Partners page for one year.

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    Back our project at this level and we'll display your company's name and logo as "Brought to you by____" at all live Music Mayhem events for one year. Your company's name, logo and mission statement will also appear on our website's Partners page for one year.

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    Back our project at this level and we will display your company's name and logo on every smartphone that plays Music Mayhem - at both live events or during in home play - for one year. Your company's name and logo will also be prominently displayed at all live Music Mayhem events for one year. Your company's name, logo and mission statement will also appear on our website's Partners page for one year.

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    LIVE, HOSTED MUSIC MAYHEM SHOW
    NORTH AMERICA
    2 hour professionally hosted live Music Mayhem Game Show event. Includes customized themed playlists. Perfect for your next college event, corporate function, or any other celebration (Up to 3,000 players).

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    LIVE, HOSTED MUSIC MAYHEM SHOW
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