Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 4, 2012.


WMC Fest is a grassroots event to inspire and enable the creative mind featuring 20 speakers, 20 designers, and nearly 30 bands.

What is the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest?

The Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is the premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest. Now in its third year, 1,000+ attendees will descend upon Cleveland for three days in June to see 20 speakers, 20 designers, and nearly 30 bands. Creative professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, students, and fans will gather to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate together. To learn more, visit!

The goal of WMC Fest.

WMC is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. Good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation, someone who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes things happen. Once a year, this community gathers to celebrate and showcase the creative visionaries who embody this lifestyle. Some have compared WMC Fest to SXSW, Brooklyn Beta, FITC, or the 99% Conference — but with more of an indie/DIY twist.

WMC Fest is about inspiring and helping others.

We've hand picked 20 inspiring visionaries to present their work and their ideas. Attendees will enjoy 10 energizing talks per day on the subjects of graphic design, art, entrepreneurship, leadership, productivity, creativity, women-in-tech, and more.

This year's speakers: Johnny Cupcakes, Kate Bingaman Burt, Chuck Anderson, James White, Tad Carpenter, Jeff Finley, Margot Harrington, Jennifer Daniel, Rachael Novak, Friends of Type, Nate Utesch, Tuesday Bassen, Jen Myers, Matt Stevens, Mike Kubinski, Julia Kuo, Austin Kleon, Brian Andrew Jasinski, Glen Infante, and Jackie Bebenroth.

WMC Fest is about forward-thinking art and design.

WMC Fest 2012 will also include a free, jaw-dropping art and design show highlighting national, regional and local talent. Within a block or two of the speaking and music venues, attendees can peruse a gallery show filled with album art, t-shirt design, typography, poster art, toy design, fashion design, and illustration.

This year's artists: Ryan Clark, These Are Things, Jon Contino, Evan Stremke, Pete Gamlen, Erin Fuller, Alonzo Felix, Joel Miller, Ryan Brinkerhoff, Go Media, Three Bears Design, Studio Ace of Spade, Sawyer Hollenshead, Garrett Weider, and Fizz Creative, with more to come.

WMC Fest is about incredible music.

WMC Fest is a place you go to experience raw and authentic music so intimate that it gives you chills. Attendees can expect a diverse and creative sound with a proudly independent spirit.

This year's bands: Eluvium, Tristen, Algernon Cadwallader, Gregory and the Hawk, Into It. Over It., Blueprint, Pomegranates, Empire! Empire!, Annabel, Saintseneca, Two Hand Fools, Cherry Cola Champions, ESQ, Afternoon Naps, Worship This!, Bethesda, Signals Midwest, Northwestern, She Bears, Two Knights, Metavari, Humble Home, En Garde, and The Nitch Pickens.

WMC Fest exists because of people like you.

Delivering a national-caliber event like WMC Fest takes funding. We've fought to keep ticket prices low and are benefitting from numerous donations, trades, and hours of volunteer work. Still, our hard expenses have grown, with the bulk of expenses come from covering the travel of our speakers and bands, as well as new developments for 2012, which include a mobile app and a social media platform for our wildly enthusiastic street team.

Your donation directly benefits the bands, speakers, and designers. Aside from paying them, there's also the cost of advertising, food, venues, and printing, to name a few. We're working hard to make WMC Fest the best creative event in the Midwest, so let's do it together!

Without your help and support, there wouldn't be a WMC Fest. If you want to support positive creative change and inspire and enable others to do the same, then you can do what helps us the most — make a pledge. Then come out to enjoy the event that you helped build! You only pay if we meet our funding goal.

Besides all the warm and fuzzy feelings you get from supporting a movement in its infancy, you can get a ton of awesome rewards. See over there to the right? The more you pledge, the more awesome your rewards get. So cast a vote today for an affordable, exploding movement that consistently delivers a national-caliber experience in a region full of hard-working go-getters.


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    Join the WMC Fest High Five Club! Kick in a mere $5 and we'll put your name on a hand graphic and add it to the Wall of Fame at WMC Fest. All our attendees will see it, not to mention pose in front of it for photo ops — while giving each other high fives, of course! (Note: Reward is limited only to High Five-specific donors.)

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    Show your support by actively helping out a worthwhile cause. Your name will be listed on and our mobile app.

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    Get the Tri-Blend T-Shirt Mockup Templates from Go Media's Arsenal and one vector pack at random. (a $45 value!) Your name will also be listed as a supporter of WMC Fest on our website and mobile app.

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    BRONZE BACKER: Everything above plus one All-Access 3-Day Pass to WMC Fest, as well as WMC Fest stickers and buttons. You'll be labeled a Bronze Backer.

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    SILVER BACKER: Everything above plus an ADDITIONAL All-Access 3-Day Pass to WMC Fest for a friend, a WMC Fest T-Shirt, and a digital copy of WMC Fest founder Jeff Finley's book "Thread's Not Dead" (a $50 value). We'll also publicly thank you to our Facebook and Twitter followers. You'll be labeled a Silver Backer.

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    GOLD BACKER: Everything above plus a special tweet from one of our speakers! Plus, YOUR NAME will be in the credits of the official WMC Fest 2012 video! You'll also get a signed hardcopy of "Thread's Not Dead." You'll be labeled a Gold Backer.

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    PLATINUM BACKER: Everything above plus YOUR NAME & PHOTO in the sidebar of! Plus, you'll get a special Dribbble shot by Jeff Finley with YOUR NAME on it as a very public thank you. You'll be labeled a Platinum Backer.

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    VIP BACKER: Everything above plus access to the VIP Lounge at Spice Kitchen & Bar so you can hang out with the speakers and other VIPs! You'll be labeled a VIP Backer.

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    SUPERSTAR BACKER: Everything above, plus you'll get to spend a full day at Go Media studios in Cleveland as a VIP! Founder Jeff Finley will show you how business is run at Go Media and what goes into putting on WMC Fest. Hang out, ask questions, drink and snack, and kick your feet up! Enjoy that VIP treatment! You'll be labeled a Superstar Backer.

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