IndieGoGo for Bob Moog’s SoundSchool

Budget cuts are negatively impacting art and music programs across the country. The Asheville-based Bob Moog Memorial Foundation wants to do something about that — but they need your help. “You can help keep art and music in schools while exciting children about science,” begins the story on the foundation’s IndieGoGo fundraising campaign.

Worth noting: While a new Kickstarter seems to launch each day (and most of them are worthy projects), the Moog Foundation’s SoundSchool campaign will go along way to inspiring the musicians of the future. “Through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, students use theremins and synthesizers, along with acoustic instruments, to make music and experience, hands-on, how sound travels,” explains the Foundation. “They also discover how sound waves and sonic vibrations are created by using electricity and magnetic fields.”

The plan is to launch a nation-wide program to expose students to an innovative curriculum.

Also: IndieGoGo provides flexible funding so, unlike Kickstarter, the Moog Foundation will receive all of the money pledged, whether the goal is met or not. And that’s great, but the Foundation really wants to make its $50,000 goal, which will enable it to “Hire SoundSchool staff, purchase needed equipment, develop specialized materials and ignite the innovator in 5,000 students across the country.”

So far, the campaign has received pledges totaling $14,599, and there are only 37 hours left. Want to make a contribution? Go here

Need a perk? Try this: By visiting the IndieGoGo Campaig, you can enter (at the $25 contribution level and up) to win a Moog Voyager. Says the Foundation, “this one-of-a-kind synthesizer boasts a whitewash cabinet and electric blue backlight to light up its commanding panel of sonic controls. What makes this $3500 instrument even more extraordinary than its outrageous sonic capabilities, are the musical giants that signed it at Moogfest 2011, including: Amon Tobin, Beak, Brian Eno, Chromeo, Dick Hyman, Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Ghostland Observatory, Holy Fuck,  Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Moby, Passion Pit, Suicide, STS9, Terry Riley, TV On the Radio, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips).”

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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