You can help us fund new episodes of "The Biscuit Brothers" an Emmy award winning music education show that is given to all PBS stations free of charge.
The Biscuit Brothers is a new way to make TV.
Thanks to modern technology, it's possible for three guys and their friends to make a television show in their homes that is seen all across the nation on PBS.
That's how we decided to try it, anyhow. The project started with a small group of parents, educators, musicians and filmmakers, who had some questions.
Where would our children find exposure to affordable music education in the face of arts education cutbacks?
Where could we find fun, family oriented programming, free of corporate influence, that we'd enjoy watching with our kids?
The Biscuit Brothers is our answer to those questions. Other folks seem to agree. We've won two Emmy awards, national parenting awards, we're used as curriculum in classrooms across the US and have performed live concerts for countless kids and families - often in support of other children's charities.
We've made over 50 episodes of our TV show so far, and we have a lot more to make!
The challenge is that making television episodes is an pricey endeavor! You've heard of the famously expensive shows like "Lost" (over $10 million in production costs for the pilot) or even less famous shows we love on PBS like "Between the Lions" (around $600,000 dollars per episode.)
We keep our budgets as low as possible, but even so it still costs about $100,000 just to make one episode of "The Biscuit Brothers."
I should also mention - we've never been able to afford that! Instead, what we do is take on many jobs ourselves, recruit volunteers, and obtain many production services "In-Kind."
Doing it that way, we've been able to get our production costs down to about $24,000 per episode ($23,543 if you want to be precise.)
Of course, we still give our show to every PBS station in the US for free, so you can see we very much depend on donations, both large and small, to keep our production rolling.
Here's how you can help. If we raise at least $10,000 here, we'll stretch that TV money farther than it's even been stretched before. For every $10,000 you help us raise - all of you, our wonderful fans, will have helped make a brand-new episode of our TV show to call your own. We'll even put your names on it.
As an added bonus, we're offering up things like chances to appear on our television show, visit us on the set, have us come perform a concert for you, and even a chance to get your hands on a brand-new Biscuit Brothers album that doesn't exist anywhere else yet!
Join us! If you'd like to know us better before you do, visit our website, www.biscuitbrothers.com, and click on our bios, sections like "how you can help," or just click around and see some videos from the show.
Either way, we hope you'll come back here and help us make more TV in 2011.
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