I am producing the Unity Music and Arts Festival on June 20th at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island, SC. www.unitymusicandartsfestival.com. This festival celebrates our differences in our community through music and art while raising significant monies for charity.
This festival addresses FOUR things that I desperately want to change in the world.
1. Raise significant monies for charity. This event will be an annual event that will grow every year and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Music Battery afterschool program operating out of the Ferndale Community Center in North Charleston. My co-founder, Braeden Kershner and I started this 501c3 and want to make sure the program operates long and strong even after we spontaneously combust. The Unity Music and Arts Festival will do that.
2. Pay musicians a fair market value for their services. The goal of the festival is to celebrate our community through music and art. That means a wide-range of musical styles will be played by eight different bands on the stage throughout the festival. Unfortunately, most musicians are asked to play festivals for "the exposure" or asked to lower their fees because of the number of bands. Not at this festival folks. Musicians are being celebrated and some of Charleston's finest are playing their hearts out and they will be fairly compensated. The Unity Music and Arts Festival will do that.
3. Offer Artists the opportunity to sell their art and make a profit. Participating artists will be offered free vendor space and will keep 100% of the profits from their art sales at the Unity Music and Arts Festival. Why? Commissions, fees and unreasonable demands tend to make it impossible for artists to participate in festivals. How are folks going to see the incredible talent Charleston has to offer if we make it difficult for them to flourish? Artists of many different kinds will enjoy the fruits of their labor together. The Unity Music and Arts Festival will do that.
4. Celebrate our differences. It seems that I'm regularly horrified by injustices playing out in our community and our world. This festival is six hours on a Saturday when we can put aside our differences and share what makes us unique, in a fun family atmosphere, through music and art. You'll see art that makes you stop and stare in awe, you'll hear music you've never heard live before and maybe you'll meet someone that teaches you something new about yourself. The Unity Music and Arts Festival will do that.
I hope you can join us!