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Help fund new episodes of "The Biscuit Brothers" an Emmy winning music education show that is given to all PBS stations free of charge. Read more

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Help fund new episodes of "The Biscuit Brothers" an Emmy winning music education show that is given to all PBS stations free of charge.

Austin, TX Film & Video
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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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    4 backers

    We'll send you a Biscuit Brothers autographed photo

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    22 backers

    You'll get an advance, autographed copy of the new Biscuit Brothers CD before it's even released.

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    2 backers

    You get the autographed new CD, plus the photo. Makes sense, right?

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    17 backers

    You'll get the photo, the new CD, plus we'll list your name in the "Special Thanks" portion of a TV episode and we'll even send you a personalized mp3 to show you how much we care!

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    Pledge $100 or more

    22 backers

    You get the photo, the new CD, your name in the "Special Thanks," plus a custom DVD containing the new episode you helped fund and some other unreleased Biscuit Brothers episodes - plus you'll get an opportunity to visit the Biscuit Brothers on location while we're shooting.

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    4 backers

    Optional Century-Based Reward: You get the photo, the new CD, your name in the "Special Thanks," plus a custom DVD containing the new episode you helped fund and some other unreleased Biscuit Brothers episodes - plus Tiny Scarecrow will set up a time to Skype in to your computer and say hello - just to you! Or... whoever's looking at your computer screen at the time!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    18 backers

    Now you get the photo, the CD, your name in "Special Thanks," a chance to visit the show on location, plus the "Compleat Video Biscuits 2011" which is a copy of the episode you helped fund plus all 50 of our other episodes on DVD or digital delivery.

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    2 backers

    Ok, deep breath. You get the photo, the CD, your name in "Special Thanks," a chance to visit the show on location, the "ULTIMATE Compleat Biscuits 2011," which is a copy all our TV episodes to date PLUS a copy of all our CDs ... AND we'll also get you a kid-sized guitar signed by the whole Biscuit family!

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    The Mini Cuddle Biscuits Package. UberBiscuitCrafter Kim C. will knit you a pair of Little Bitty Biscuit Brothers of your very own! (Pic in the blog post at http://www.biscuitbrothers.com/blog/2011/03/21/new-incentives-on-kickstarter) Send them on adventures, prop them up by your computer, or attach strings and put on your very own Biscuit Brothers show! You'll also receive the photo, the CD, your name in "Special Thanks," a chance to visit the show on location and the "ULTIMATE Compleat Biscuits 2011," which is a copy all our TV episodes to date PLUS a copy of all our CDs.

  • You selected
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    1 backer

    Welcome to the big leagues! You'll get everything listed above, plus the Biscuit Brothers will drop off your package in person for a special 20 minute visit! (Biscuit Visits must be scheduled within the 2011 calendar year and are limited to the Greater Austin Area.)

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    Pledge $1,500 or more

    1 backer

    The Biscuit Brothers and the band will perform a 40 minute concert at your Central Texas location and they'll bring you a special Biscuit Gift Basket of incentives including most of the goodies listed above! (Concerts must be scheduled before October 2011, limited to the Central Texas area, and are based on tour availability.)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Tiny Scarecrow is coming to live with you! Not only will the Biscuit Brothers and the band come perform a 40 minute concert at your Central Texas location and bring you a special Biscuit Gift Basket of incentives including many of the goodies listed above - but they will also bring a special, one-of-a-kind knitted replica of Tiny Scarecrow, created and donated by Master-Biscuit-Crafter Kim C., that you can keep forever! (Pics in the blog post at http://www.biscuitbrothers.com/blog/2011/03/21/new-incentives-on-kickstarter) Concerts must be scheduled before October 2011, limited to the Central Texas area, and are based on tour availability.

Funding period

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