According to a recent report by the United Nations, we only have 12 years to advert catastrophic effects caused by climate change. The report calls for urgent and unprecedented action on climate change, and states that the solutions that we need to pursue are affordable, but progress needs to begin now.
In response to this, In Kind is planning to launch an event platform called "Climate Fest" that will run indefinitely- or at least until climate catastrophe.
Climate Fest will be a multi-city event platform that will be able to be attended both live and online. Climate Fest will be comprised of a series of musical, comedy, live podcast, film screenings, food/drink events, etc. that (depending on the amount of funding we reach) will be planned over a series of dates in cities across the US (and eventually internationally) - that will run indefinitely. Think FarmAid, but in multiple venues, or Sofar Sounds for fundraising.
We will also open our platform up to those who want to host their own events, and Climate Fest will handle ticketing and promotion.
All gross profits of these events will go to action oriented environmental nonprofits. Specifically, we will be looking for environmental nonprofits that build renewable energy facilities (the Solar Foundation), actively pursue climate action (like cleanup efforts or climate relief), and/or legal funds (the Environmental Defense Fund). We are also completely open to suggestions.
We are fundraising for the first date of Climate Fest which will take place in Chicago, Illinois at a location that we have already secured in the Wicker Park neighborhood with the actual date and time TBD. All funding raised past the goal will go towards the platform and organization for future events in other major US cities.
All shows will be recorded and posted on our YouTube and Facebook presences, and if we reach our stretch goal, we will launch with live-streaming.
The goal for this platform is to create enough events at a frequent enough rate, across the USA and eventually internationally, that we can create a meaningful impact that helps the fight against climate change. In addition to this, we believe that bringing together people who are concerned about climate change in a social setting can facilitate climate action beyond our organization.
Festivals have long been a proven means for fundraising, with one of the most prominent examples being Live Aid, which has raised over $100 million since its inception. Since Climate Fest will be distributed over many cities, and will run indefinitely, we think that there is a massive potential to have a real impact on climate fundraising.
Goals and Reach Goals:
- $1000 - One show in Chicago, Illinois with leftover proceeds invested in upcoming shows.
- $5000 - Three longer shows in Chicago, Illinois with leftover proceeds invested in upcoming shows.
- $10,000 - $5,000 level + a show in another major US city (LA, NYC, etc.).
- $15,000 - $10,000 level + a show in a different major US city.
- $25,000 - $15,000 level + live-streaming for one city.
- $50,000 - $25,000 level + 3 shows for each city + live-streaming for three cities.
- $100,000 - Events every other weekend in major US cities + live-streaming.
- $250,000 - Events every weekend in major US cities + live-streaming.
- $500,000 - Two Events in different US cities every weekend + live-streaming.
- $1,000,000 - $500,000 level + better venues + bigger acts.
- $5,000,000 - $1M level + small weekend music/art/food/culture festival in 2019
If you are a band, podcast, comedian, etc. and would like to get involved, please email us at email@example.com or reach out to us on our social channels.
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
We have secured a location to use that has flexible availability, so we aren't concerned about finding a venue.
Another concern that we have is since our first event will be held in Chicago, Illinois that means the scope of who can attend is limited. To alleviate that challenge, we are making the ticket codes that we are sending backers able to be applied to any of our events. That way a backer in another city will be able to use their code when we are able to plan an event in their area. In addition to this we will be recording the events and posting them online.
Events are a challenging field, but to help mitigate risk we are starting small and growing from there.
We were also concerned with limiting Climate Fest to just music and concerts, so we opted to open the platform up to live podcasts, lectures, comedy, food&drink events, etc. so that we can have as wide of an impact as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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