Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
PRIYA RAY’S VAN
Priya Ray has been active in and passionate about underground music since her earliest performances with Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa in Miami more than two decades ago. Now an Asheville musician and photographer, Ray struggles with mobility issues due to a debilitating spinal injury that occurred in 1999. The violinist and vocalist requires a “handicapable” van to independently tour, pursue photography and continue planning benefits for organizations like Food Not Bombs and Foundation for Freedom.
She also hopes to be an inspirational speaker for others with physical and mental disabilities. “With your help, I can show the world that having a disability doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life,” she says in her campaign video. Ray aims to raise $45,000 by Sunday, Feb. 8, to purchase a wheelchair accessible van.
TURN UP MY RADIO FILM
“In the wake of recent [racially charged] events, we desire to create a film promoting unity, understanding and diversity against the backdrop of racism, ignorance and violence,” reads the campaign page for social justice group FUSE’s film Turn Up My Radio. The plot follows individuals of different races working on a bluegrass and hip-hop fusion project — a collaboratively documented story that producer Rob Wilkins hopes will contribute to the elimination of racial stereotypes. Wilkins’ team aims to raise $2,500 by Tuesday, Feb. 3, for equipment, catered meals on location and modest stipends for key performers.
Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change. Read about more Western North Carolina projects here.