About this project
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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