Be A Sidmouth Folk Festival Champion!

by The Sidmouth Folk Festival in Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom

£57,415

raised of £70,000 stretch target

457

supporters
82% 29 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £30,000 is pledged by 3rd August 2020 at 11:50pm

Act now to secure the future of this unique folk arts event, enable us to get back on track in 2021 and to continue to build for the future

by The Sidmouth Folk Festival in Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more funds we can raise the more secure the Festival's future will be. Additional pledges will also improve our virtual technology so we can bring our music to everyone in the years to come.


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Message from Alan Bearman, Artistic Director 3.7.20

Passing £50,000 in three days!

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far and for all the positive messages. We got off to a much faster start than we could ever have imagined.  Now we are over 70% of the way to our target of £70,000.

Thanks to all the local businesses, organisations and supporters for their help in getting us this far so quickly!

Special thanks too, to all the artists who have offered CDs, workshops, lessons and much more, at a time when their working lives have been turned upside down.

We really appreciate all the support with spreading the word. Please continue to do so! There are lots more exciting Rewards to announce and more offers are coming in every day so do keep checking those new Rewards and sharing the good news..

Thank you !

Alan Bearman

Artistic Director

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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:

  • Flexible five and ten year Week Season Tickets: to reward the loyalty of our Week ticket buyers.
  • Exclusive experiences, including: 1:1 sessions with the stars, with some amazing masterclasses.
  • Brunches with Favourite Festival Artists: get to know your musical heroes at a seafront hotel!
  • Prime Site Accommodation: Campervan spots guaranteed - right in town (at Cricket and Rugby Clubs) PLUS car parking offers.
  • Seaside Retreats!: Post-COVID Weekend and Short Hotels Breaks (Autumn and Spring) at some of the Town’s sensational seafront hotels - good for a walking holiday or just a relax at this beautiful Devonshire spot  
  • Limited Edition Merchandise: a bespoke Sidmouth Crowdfunder t-shirt to wear with pride and a limited edition leather badge, for the year that wasn't!
  • Super Food Offers: Free Ice Cream all week: who can resist? Offers from caterers at the Festival and at their restaurants
  • Recognition for all donors: your name on a Champion’s Wall at the Festival…and so much more.
  • Folk Dance: Unique opportunities to meet the callers, or even call at an event at the 2021 festival yourself!
  • Children's Festival: Lead the torchlight procession or be featured in the Children's Programme - a unique keepsake to be treasured forever. 

* 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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Sidmouth Champions T-shirt

Show the World you're a Sidmouth Champion with a specially designed 2020 Supporters T-shirt. Please specify size when selecting (Unisex 4XL to S, Ladies Fit 2XL to S)

£8 or more

77 of 400 claimed

Limited Edition Leather SFF 2020 Badge

Every year at the Festival we sell about beautiful leather badges hand made by George Butterworth, showing the Fiddler, festival name and the Year. Don't miss a chance to add 'the missing year' to your collection.

£10 or more

£10 Donation - Sidmouth Champions Wall

Add your name to the Champions Wall at the Festival! Your name (or message up to 100 characters) will be featured alongside other Sidmouth Champions on our display by the Ham & on the festival website.

£10 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Online Fiddle Workshop with Sarah Matthews

Zoom workshop for up to 20 fiddle players (reward is per participant) Sarah Matthews (Folk Musician, Singer, Composer, Workshop Leader) will teach a tune by ear, line by line, then offer ideas to try for variation, embellishments and chordal accompaniment. We will have the opportunity to play together, using the Mute function on Zoom and people can take a turn to lead the tune playing, before trying all the parts together at the end.

£20 or more

15 of 16 claimed

Brunch with the Stars at the Bedford Hotel

Enjoy an Early Brunch with a Festival artist (8.30-10.00 am) at the Bedford Hotel on the seafront, during the 2021 Festival.

£20 or more

£20 Sidmouth Champions T-shirt (Ladies Fit)

Show the World you're a Sidmouth Champion with a specially designed 2020 Supporters T-shirt. Please specify size when selecting (Ladies Fit 2XL to S)

£25 or more

1 of 12 claimed

Children's Festival: See yourself in Print

See yourself in print: Show that you are a real Sidmouth Festival Champion by having your picture printed in the Children’s Festival Programme.

£40 or more

Nancy Kerr - Voice Technique Mini Workshop

A Mini Workshop Voice Technique by award-winning singer & teacher Nancy Kerr. 4 X 10 mins specially pre-recorded fun technique sessions - applicable to any singer whether new or more experienced, drawing on holistic voice practices & folk singing style tips from Nancy’s teaching & performance experience. Each session focuses on a particular area of technique: Warming up, Breathing and support, Range and voice placement, Ornaments and style.

£40 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Children's Festival: Lead a Daytime Procession

Show you are a Sidmouth Champion family by leading one of the colourful daytime processions through the streets of Sidmouth.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Exe Coffee Roasters: Be a Barista coffee course!

Be a Barista coffee course! 1 x voucher to attend a 2 hour hands on introduction to how to make barista style coffee - a very popular course! Exe Coffee Roasters are an independent UK speciality coffee roaster based in Exeter, and popular caffeine providers at the Festival hub!

£60 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Cricket Club Car Parking at the 2021 Festival

An convenient town centre car parking space - a full day for each the 8 festival days

£60 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Rugby Club Car Parking at the 2021 Festival

A daily parking permit in the centre of Sidmouth for the Festival duration (Friday to Friday inclusive i.e. 8 days)

£65 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Blowzabella Merchandise Bundle

Fantastic merchandise bundle including all three of our tune books and the CDs Vanilla, Octomento, Strange News and Two Score. (Prices includes including PnP in the UK - additional £12 for posting to Europe, beyond Europe plus £20 postage.)

£75 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Band surgery at Sidmouth 2021 with Jo Freya

Want someone to listen and give constructive criticism to how you play, your arrangements and help with ideas? Often described as the chameleon of Folk and mistress of reinvention, Jo Freya plays many different instruments in many bands with completely different styles and is a festival regular. Each surgery is 2 hours long.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Folk Dance: Meet the Caller 1:1

Your chance to meet one of the booked folk dance callers at the next festival, and have a 30 minute one on one meeting with them. Pick their brains about the calling process, style, genre and more!

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Folk Dance: Personal folk dance lesson at SFF21

Personal folk dance lesson at the 2021 Festival. A very intensive dance lesson for you, with other dancers or friends as needed for the dance. This will be a challenging session including, style notes, partner work, and spatial awareness. The teacher will be selected based on your choice of style of dance.

£295 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dukes (Sidmouth Hotels) 2 night stay

At this modern, comfortable seaside Inn, at 2 night B&B stay for 2 in a seaview double / twin room (Available 1st October 2020-31st March 2021)

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hunters Moon Hotel 2 night stay

Hunters Moon Hotel, is a family run, early Georgian residence surrounded by two acres of magnificent gardens, wooded lawns and mature trees, overlooking the Byres in Sidmouth. Stay 2 nights from 18th October -31st March, with breakfast each day and dinner on one of the nights.

£315 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hotel Elizabeth (Sidmouth Hotels) 2 night stay

Experience modern comfort and style, overlooking Lyme Bay, a 2 night B&B stay for 2 on a seaview double / twin room. Available 1st October 2020-31st March 2021

£340 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bedford Hotel 2 night stay with dinner

Classic Regency hotel and iconic festival centre, 2 night off-season break for 2, Friday and Saturday night DB&B plus Sunday lunch (available from Feb 2021)

£350 or more

4 of 8 claimed

2021 Festival Campervan space

A highly sought after Campervan space for the duration of the 2021 Festival (9 nights) at the Rugby Club in the centre of Sidmouth town.

£450 or more

4 of 8 claimed

Cricket Club Campervan Space for 2021

A much sought after Campervan space for 9 nights of 2021 Festival Week on the Fortfield Cricket ground, situated on the seafront, including bar, catering and access to facilities.

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Private House Concert with Banter!

An amazing opportunity to enjoy a private concert with Banter, in the comfort of your own home with up to 40 friends (once social distancing allows!) Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band! Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass and dance calling.

£900 or more

13 of 20 claimed

5 Year Week Season Ticket

5 Year Week Season Ticket (2021-2025). A saving of over £370, that's over 30%!!* Don't worry if you've already have a 2021 Season Ticket, we can start your 5 Year Week Season ticket in 2022 (2022-2026). You can also pass this ticket on which gives you great flexibility, whether that's for one year or for the remaining life of the ticket!

£1,500 or more

6 of 20 claimed

5 Year All-In-One Ticket WITH Pre-Festival concert

5 Year All-In-One Ticket WITH Pre-Festival concert tickets for each year (2021-2025). A saving of over £600, that's over 30%!!* Don't worry if you've already have a 2021 Season Ticket, we can start your 5 Year All-In-One ticket in 2022 (2022-2026). You can also pass this ticket on which gives you great flexibility, whether that's for one year or for the remaining life of the ticket!

£1,700 or more

4 of 10 claimed

10 year Week Ticket

"10 Year Week Season Ticket (2021-2030). A saving of over £1100, that's over 40%!!* Don't worry if you've already have a 2021 Season Ticket, we can start your 10 Year Week Season ticket in 2022 (2022-2031). You can also pass this ticket on which gives you great flexibility, whether that's for one year or for the remaining life of the ticket! * based on projected prices"

£2,800 or more

1 of 6 claimed

10 Year All-in-One Ticket

10 Year All-In-One Ticket WITH Pre-Festival concert tickets for each year (2021-2030). A saving of over £1800, that's over 40%!!* Don't worry if you've already have a 2021 Season Ticket, we can start your 10 Year All-In-One ticket in 2022 (2022-2031). You can also pass this ticket on which gives you great flexibility, whether that's for one year or for the remaining life of the ticket! * based on projected prices

£5,850 or more

0 of 3 claimed

The Forever All-In-One Ticket

This is THE ultimate forever season ticket. An All-In-One Ticket WITH Pre-Festival concert tickets that lasts forever! That's it, never buy a season or event ticket again, EVER!! This ticket can be passed on, whether that's for one year or indefinitely! So when we say 'ever' we do really mean 'ever'!

£13 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Will Pound's A Day Will Come CD

Released in May, Will Pound’s A Day Will Come features a traditional tune or song from or inspired by the traditional music of the 27 states of the European Union. These are tunes that have travelled and evolved, mixed and merged – played with joy, a love of tradition & a sense of adventure. Featuring Jenn Butterworth, Jude Rees, Patsy Reid, John Parker, Bodhan Piasecki, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Liz Carroll, Gudrun Walther, Dunja Bahtijar & more

Let's make 'Be A Sidmouth Folk Festival Champion!' happen

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