Be A Sidmouth Folk Festival Champion! – a Music crowdfunding project in Sidmouth by The Sidmouth Folk Festival

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1596472045_you_did_it!_(1).jpg£100,000 !!!Amazing! Many thanks to everyone who has supported us since the
cancellation of this year’s festival. That’s ticket holders who have
rolled over their tickets to next year, all those who have donated and
the hundreds who have joined in the Crowdfunding campaign. Sincere
thanks to all the artists, businesses and others who have offered a
huge range of Rewards.

Thanks too, to everyone involved in the Sidmouth Folk Festival Online-
artists, presenters, crew and the thousands who watched. There’s still
plenty to come through the week and you can catch the weekend’s shows
if you missed them. It’s all free to access!

Crowdfunding Rewards finish tonight but if you enjoy the Festival
Online you can donate for the rest of the week.

Thanks again. We’ll see you for real in the first week of August 2021

Alan Bearman
Artistic Director

Be A Sidmouth Champion! Act now to secure the future of this unique folk arts event.

Who would have thought that Sidmouth, the longest running folk arts festival in the world, would break its non-stop record after 65 years?! Well, we have had tough times in those 65 years but never, ever anything like this! 

By donating to our exciting Crowdfunder campaign today, you will enable us to get back on track in 2021 and to continue to build for the future…and be our Sidmouth Champion!

** More rewards will be added daily throughout the campaign – please keep checking back for more great options. A big thank you to all who have generously supported this project by offering rewards **

Top tip! If making a payment please consider setting the tips section to zero otherwise you may be paying more than you intended to.

WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?

The COVID-19 crisis has hit us hard, really hard. It costs us a lot of money – over £700,000 – to stage this iconic 8-day long festival with 750 events, unrivalled in variety, range and participation; the streets and many venues in this stunning seaside town location spilling over with festive atmosphere and fun.

When, unavoidably, we had to cancel, we had already launched 2020 and spent 20% of our cost budget on marketing, the artistic and production planning, deposits and ticket overheads. 

For us to bounce back next year stronger than ever, and as importantly, to support the wider festival community and local businesses, we need Champions to contribute to our Crowdfunding appeal…and to choose some exciting, exclusive rewards in return.

SUPPORT THE SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL— a national cultural asset

With its huge size, complexity and duration, The Sidmouth Folk Festival makes only a small surplus (all of which is ploughed into the next festival), and sometimes not at all (those wet and windy days!). 

But it is worth it! Because it is a longstanding evolving tradition, a national cultural treasure, in which the stakeholders – all of us – are invested, emotionally as well as financially. 

Our sole aim now is to make sure we can all be part of the ongoing story of this truly unique event, and can look forward to an amazing future, not just in 2021, but for the next generations to enjoy. 

This is where we need our community’s urgent help! 

Our community isn’t just Festival regulars though, but those thousands who flock to town, just for the atmosphere and fun, as well as local residents and people of the South West who value and enjoy the Festival. You can all help too!

1593465958_gen_fest_2.jpgOUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

The big picture: The Sidmouth Folk Festival remains committed to offering you your favourite part of the festival in 2021. Our ‘something for everyone’ ethos means there is always the widest range of folk related activities in the programme. 

We will be bringing you every part of our hugely varied offering in 2021. There will be performances from famous and favourite names, rising talent, a plethora of dance styles from Playford to Morris, Roots Parties, grass roots tradition, cutting edge sounds, storytelling, Children’s and Youth Festivals, fun workshops galore to take part in and much, much more.

Please help to realise our goal and secure the Festival’s long-term future. Be a Sidmouth Champion, and win the ongoing love and appreciation of all of us working on the festival, as well everybody who loves this mighty event. 

WHAT REWARDS ARE WE OFFERING? 

** More rewards added daily – please keep checking in for details including some fantastic merchandise from Festival artists & seafront hotel breaks**

To show our appreciation, we have some exciting and exclusive rewards to offer you, no matter what size of donation you can afford, including:

* Gift Aid – we can claim Gift Aid from eligible supporters on donations, but not, unfortunately on high value rewards, even if the Gift Aid section is completed. Any queries, please do contact us* 

Some Unique rewards have already sold out! Including:

Morris Morph, Spooky Men’s Chorale Limited Edition Canvas, Kerry Fletcher Dance Workshop at the 2021 Festival, Poetry mentoring workshop with Ilse Pedler, Children’s Festival:Lead the Torchlight Procession, Martin Simpson 1:1 Workshop, John Kirkpatrick Workshop, Mel Biggs Workshop, Blowzabella Write a Tune for You, Steeleye Span Merchandise Bundle, Salcombe Diary Ice cream every day at the Festival, Chance to join the Jig Competition Judging Panel,  Sidmouth Gin Experience,  Saul Rose 1:1 Melodeon Masterclass,  1:1 Melodeon Lesson with Bob Ellis, Jackie Oates Online Fiddle Lesson, Signed Talisk CDS, Rusty Pig Festival Meal Deal, Chance to call at a Festival Folk Dance, Will Pound CDs, Matthew Crampton Human Cargo book & history of your postcode, Home Service Merch bundle, Fisherman’s Friends merch, town centre parking, a chance to sing on the next Fisherman’s Friends album, band surgery with Jo Freya, the comprehensive fRoots CD bundle, the entire Veteran Records collection, Exe Coffee subscription, Jez Lowe book & cds, Karine Polwart Zoom House Concert …

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY BE GOING?  

All funds pledged will go into supporting and securing the future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival.
 

Your Crowdfunder pledge will assist with the Festival’s operational costs, covering some of the aforementioned 2020 costs already incurred and helping to secure a brighter future for the event. We are all desperate to see festival life return, and we want to guarantee that return of The Sidmouth Folk Festival will be a genuine cause for celebration in 2021, and back to its full glory forever after.

As well as helping to financially support the future of this hugely significant cultural event, the wider festival community – including artists, local businesses, festival traders – will also benefit from your pledge. All are reliant on the festival for a significant amount of their annual income, so your donations will support them too.

CALLING ALL LOCAL RESIDENTS AND SOUTH WEST PEOPLE

Can you dig deep and help too?

Everyone is acutely aware of the huge boost the Festival gives to the town, Devon and South West economies. Losing the Festival in 2020 will hit those already suffering businesses and communities hard. 

The Festival’s ‘Use it Local’ policy means that over 100 local businesses, contractors, traders, breweries, cider makers, craftspeople from Devon and around the South West will suffer without the 2020 Festival. They really need us back in 2021 and beyond. 

This campaign is being run run through the supportive registered charity Sidmouth FolkWeek Limited, providing the opportunity for Gift Aid to add 25% to qualifying donations. All funds raised will go directly towards ensuring the future and development of the Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Thanks in advance for your help! Your support is vital to us. 

The SFF Festival Team

Any questions about your donation or the rewards on offer or if you experience problems with the site, please contact us at abm.festival@gmail.com and we’d be happy to help. 

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