Hi, I'm Jeff Finley from the creative agency Go Media. I've decided to plan an art, music, and film fest called Weapons of Mass Creation. This is our first year, and we need your support to make it happen!
What is WMC Fest?
It’s a two day event in Cleveland, OH on May 22 and 23 that draws comparisons to Austin’s SXSW festival. The event features art, film, and music, but leans more toward art/graphic design, punk/indie/folk music, and documentary/foreign/arthouse/obscure/cult films. There’s a big DIY spirit and focus on doing things your way, on your own terms. We’ll have roundtable discussions about these topics led by industry leaders.
Cleveland needs an event like this to continue to grow its reputation as a creative powerhouse.
How I plan to do it
I plan on using Go Media's 3-story creative warehouse to unite artists, illustrators, graphic designers, bands, filmmakers, and fans. Art show, film screenings, and panel discussion in the afternoon, and bands play and we watch more films at night.
I have a long list of bands, artists, and filmmakers already showing interest in participating in WMC Fest. In fact, just past September we held a private event with 13 well known artists and designers including Angryblue, Mark Weaver, Horsebites, and Geoff May who have been inducted into Weapons of Mass Creation Glory. For more info see the Weapons of Mass Creation Manifesto.
What is the money for?
The biggest expense we will have is paying for some of our bigger-named guests. A lot of our favorite filmmakers, bands, and artists are coming from across the country and the only way we can get them here is to help pay for their travel. Who we get is almost a direct result of how much we can afford to help them.
We also need to pay for food, various equipment to allow bands to play, screen films, hang art, etc. This event greatly benefits from any pledge you can make, big or small.
WMC is not about making a profit. It’s about building a legacy. The goal of WMC should never directly be tied into a money making stream. Money earned/raised will pay for the event and it’s honored guests. As long as we make enough to keep putting it on and make our guests happy, I’m happy.
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