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Boi1da picked 8 talented hit makers to rep #TeamTO at SXSW in the int'l beat battle in Austin. With your support, we can win the title!
Boi1da picked 8 talented hit makers to rep #TeamTO at SXSW in the int'l beat battle in Austin. With your support, we can win the title!
27 backers pledged CA$ 5,700 to help bring this project to life.

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This March, The Beat Academy will bring a team of 8 of Canada's most talented music producers to compete at one of the largest music festivals in North America, South by Southwest (SXSW) in it's first-ever international team beat battle.

What is a "TEAM" beat battle?

Think of it like any sport. Canada will have a team (Toronto) and the US will have a team (Texas). Each team will have a coaching staff and trainers comprised of successful and well-known hit makers from their respective countries. The coach for Team Toronto is multi-platinum Grammy award- winning producer Boi-1da (Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem and more). 

Both teams will have to have complete a series of challenges for a panel of judges. By the end, one team will be crowned the winner.

Who is on the team and how were they chosen?

The Beat Academy invited a diverse panel of local TO tastemakers to choose the top 10 submissions. Our esteemed committee included:

Who is on #TeamTO

What will the funds pay for?

It'll pay for flight and accommodations to accommodate the team in Austin, Texas during SXSW.

Is $5000 your ultimate goal?

No, but it's a start. 

Our biggest challenge has been securing funds for flight and accommodations in Austin. We are asking for your pledges to secure the Team Canada house and cover flights for #TeamTO. 

In total, this trip will cost us $27,150. That includes the cost of flights ($7150), accommodations ($10,400), food ($2000), ground transportation ($500) and a video crew ($7100).

Your funds will go directly to securing a house for the duration of this trip and contributing to the cost of flights. If we raise funds beyond our goal, we will put it towards a video crew to document the entire event.

Let's get #TeamTO to Austin, Texas!

I'm not going to SXSW, what's in it for me?

We will be producing a series of videos, including a short about the entire experience for our supporters. We are also finalizing details that will allow us to provide an event recap video of the event. When you pledge, you are bringing us closer to the dream of coming back home with the championship as the best hit makers in North America!

So basically...

We are providing producers (a group typically overlooked or forgotten about because of the background role they play) an opportunity that they don't usually get. Having the chance to compete at one of the largest music festivals in North America can be a life changing experience for someone working towards a career in the music industry. We want to make that happen for the 8 talented producers representing Toronto.

Besides, we need to remind the US that Canadian producers are behind some of the biggest hits on radio today in hip hop and top 40 music (think Jay Z, Eminem and more) and claim the title that is rightfully ours!

Go #TeamTO!

Risks and challenges

Our key challenge is the cost of the trip. During SXSW, the costs increase 10-fold. For example, we would like to rent a house for the duration of the music portion of the festival. The cost to rent a house that accommodates the entire team is $10,400 USD plus taxes and fees.

Besides Kickstarter, we plan to overcome this challenge through a number of fundraising activities. We've also put up $8000 our own money to cover the deposit fees for accommodations and flights to ensure that we could get the ball rolling. We hope to get that money back through sponsorship and fundraising activities.

Another challenge is that this entire project is driven by unpaid volunteers who are running out of time and money. We've managed to successfully overcome most of our challenges, with fundraising as the last key to the puzzle. Once we're successful, our unpaid and overworked team can work on the next big project.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    Tell us your Twitter name and we will give you a shout out for supporting #TeamTO on our page!

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $18

    True or False: Team Texas doesn't stand a chance against #TeamTO.

    If you know the answer is true, then throw your $20 pledge in and make sure we take home the title. Anyone who show some Toronto hometown love at this level will receive admission for one to our SXSW send-off on Feb 22nd!

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $45

    Want to make sure that Toronto takes home the title? Then this is the pledge you need to make.

    With your pledge, not only will you receive an official The Beat Academy Tee Shirt, you will also receive admission for one to our SXSW send-off party on February 22nd, where you can cheer the team on in-person!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $90

    Get us one step closer!

    Did you know that it will cost us more than $20,000 for travel and accommodations in Austin. Why? Because prices explode 10-fold during SXSW. Your pledge will help us chip away at our HUGE fundraising goal.

    At this level supporters will get:
    An official special edition The Beat Academy "Team Canada" t-shirt

    Admission for 2 to our SXSW send-off party on February 22nd and;

    A signed team photo.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $452

    This pledge is for supporters who know that the members on #TeamTO are the brilliant minds behind some of the biggest names in the music biz. From Jay-Z to Drake, Toronto has always been a force to reckon with. The world just never realized it... until now.

    At this level supporters will get:

    An official special edition The Beat Academy "Team Canada" t-shirt

    Admission for 2 to our SXSW send-off party on February 22nd and;

    Admission for two to the screening of our "Road to SXSW" docu-style video in May 2014.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $903

    You are a don. A godsend. A real believer of Toronto's music industry.

    With your pledge, you will receive admission for 4 and a VIP booth to our SXSW send off on February 22nd, 2 special edition Beat Academy t-shirts, formal recognition at our post-event documentary screening and the opportunity to meet the team.

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