Community music project gets community love

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 16, 2012, at 5 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Organizers of the Belfast Free Range Music Festival love the grass-roots event that was founded in 2010.

Now they’ve learned the community loves it too, when they were able easily to meet a fundraising goal through the website Kickstarter.com.

“We made it to our fundraising goal with 50 hours left to go! You all are amazing!!!! Many thanks to all who donated and helped us spread the word. We are thrilled and humbled by our wonderful community of supporters — both near and far,” organizers posted on the festival’s Facebook page on Jan. 12.

More than 60 people pledged to give the festival $2,882 through the fundraising website. Meg Fournier, festival co-founder and organizer, said that the money raised will be used to help cover basic needs for the 2012 event. The goal was $2,500, and any additional funds will be used to provide seed money for future festival goals, including doing outreach programs for area teens.

Kickstarter website calls itself the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, and collects a 5 percent fee if a project reaches its funding goal before the deadline. No money exchanges hands if the goal is not met.

Last spring, more than 1,200 people came to the Belfast event, which showcased musicians from many different genres. This year’s festival will begin on Saturday, April 28.

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