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The NY Funny Songs Fest features performers who mix comedy and music. We bring together the best funny songwriters in the world.
The NY Funny Songs Fest features performers who mix comedy and music. We bring together the best funny songwriters in the world.
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The New York Funny Songs Festival is the only festival of its kind: It celebrates and elevates the art of crafting a beautiful and funny piece of music. 

This 4 day comedy music festival takes place in an assortment of independent entertainment venues sprinkled through out the Lower East Side and boasts over 50 comedy musicians and 18 shows, panels and classes, including workshops and showcases featuring performers you've seen on TV, stages world wide and heard on the radio. The festival takes place Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd and ends with a field trip to see Weird Al Yankovic. 

Our festival helps comedy music cement its own place in the performance world, so that the talented artists who toil in the field are no longer trapped in a limbo between comedy clubs and music venues. Money that we raise will go to booking our headlining act for the show, ensuring that our festival attracts established acts alongside newcomers. In addition, it will go to paying lesser known performers, covering promotional and marketing materials and further developing the website.

Our festival budget is $10,000 which we'll use to cover, as mentioned above, a fee and travel expenses for our headlining act, advertising costs, printing for banners, programs and flyers and the production costs for 18 festival shows and classes. We have secured some grants and funds towards our budget already, and already are on our way.

Thank you for supporting and being part of our growth in our 2nd year. We hope you'll come and join in the funny!

Risks and challenges

Last year, our festival was a success. We were celebrated in the NY Times, Time Out NY, American Songwriter, Impose Magazine and more. We were lucky to get such great press, because we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Starting one's own festival is a huge undertaking. If anything goes wrong, there's no one else to blame. A team consisting of dozens of performers and festival workers and hundreds of ticket buyers are expecting things to come together seamlessly (ha!). But we love the challenge and the excitement of it, and we can't wait to do it again. We hope you'll be part of the fun!

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    The Plus One: Send us $1 and you get an email with a heartfelt thank you and some links to NYFSF performer's best hits!

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    The Subway Busker: One general admission ticket for any festival event (includes opening party, any festival showcase, industry panel or class but excludes Sunday night field trip). We will make sure you are comfortably seated and ready and emotionally open to take in the beautiful, hilarious music.

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    The Cruise Ship Entertainer: Two general admission tickets for any one opening party, festival showcase, industry panel or class (excluding the Sunday night field trip) so you can bring a buddy along and save a few Georgie W's off the regular ticket price while you're at it.

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    The Club Performer: Official festival t-shirt AND a ticket for any festival event (excludes Sunday night field trip). We have a crack design team making all of our images for the festival. This t-shirt is going to change your life, because it's hot. And it's even hotter since it supports the amazing artists in our line-up.

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    Out of Town Guest Act: For people who'd love to support the festival but don't live in the city, you will get an official festival tee shirt and CD sampler so you can listen to hilarious jams in your own sweet time. Shipping included in the US. For Australia, Eurasia or anywhere else, please add $5.

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    The Jingle Writer: You get all of the above and more! That means: official festival t-shirt, a ticket to any festival event (excludes Sunday night field trip) the official festival CD sampler and a snazzy poster. Now you're stylin' -- AND helping this festival rock! Shipping included in the US. For Australia, Asia or anywhere else, please add $5.

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    The Adam Sandler: All of the above (official festival t-shirt, a ticket for any festival event excluding Sunday night field trip, an official festival CD sampler and poster, PLUS: A day pass to getchaself into any and all shows on any given day of the festival. We raise our gin and tonic-a to you!

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    The Singer/Songwriter: A starter soprano ukulele autographed by NYFSF performers , one ticket to any show (excludes Sunday night field trip). Pluckin' awesome!

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    The YouTube Star: All-Access Festival Pass. This reward grants you admission to all shows and classes produced by the festival (excludes Sunday night field trip).

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    The Industry VIP: All-Acess Festival Pass which includes the special treatment that comes with being a bona fide VIP, including: reserved seating at each of the 18 shows and classes in the festival, an autographed official festival CD sampler, guaranteed gift bag at the opening night party and other extras (excludes the Sunday night field trip).

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    The Media Maven: A mention and thank you by the emcee from the stage at the opening night party, your business logo or name on the stage banner, distribution of your promotional materials in every seat of the opening night party, a mention on the NYFSF website, on all NYFSF social media (8k Twitter, 6k Facebook page) plug, your name or business logo placed on paper programs which will be distributed to several hundred festival goers, and in PDF programs which will be distributed to several hundred media outlets. Dayum!

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    The Festival Producer: Producer credit in our program and website. Includes an All-Access VIP Festival Pass with reserved seating, guaranteed opening night gift bag and an official festival t-shirt. Huzzah!

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    The Luthier: A selection of festival performers will hand-craft a beautiful (and ha-larious) song for you, your business, your friend, your friend's mom, your favorite bus driver, your pregnant wife, the boss who just fired you or whoever you choose, on any topic you like, and deliver it to you on a CD, mixed and mofo mastered. Includes an All-Access VIP Festival Pass with reserved seating, guaranteed opening night gift bag and an official festival t-shirt. That's some stone cold awesome right there.

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    The Hot Shot: A selection of festival performers will put on a private show for you anywhere in New York City or the greater metro area (email to inquire). This reward includes a producer credit in our program, 2 All Access VIP Festival Passes with reserved seating, 2 guaranteed gift bags and 2 official festival t-shirts. Who da (wo)man?

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    The Legit Rock Star: This one is for the serious big timers and includes 4 VIP All-Access Festival Passes with reserved seating, 4 guaranteed gift bags, 4 official festival t-shirts, a producer credit in our program and on our website, a private show featuring select festival performers anywhere in New York City or the greater metro area (email to inquire), PLUS: Round trip ride for your party of 4 from anywhere in the 5 boroughs to the opening night party in the NYFSF stretch limousine. Yowza.

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