Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

Photo by Ailie Leeanna Photography. Courtesy of Jon Stickley Trio

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.


“Being in the right space to get the right performance out of the band is crucial,” says guitarist Jon Stickley of recording a second full-length album alongside band mates Lyndsay Pruett and Patrick Armitage, “and that’s why I decided to go with Echo Mountain.” Stickley, frontman of Jon Stickley Trio, hopes the “heavenly vibe” within the renowned downtown recording studio (a converted church) will foster ideal performances from each of his peers during recording — a bet the musicians believe will result in a “breakout record” for their neo-bluegrass band. The band aims to raise $18,500 by Tuesday, Feb. 10, to record at Echo Mountain alongside producer Dave King.


“I want to offer a yoga practice that … honors all of the stories that our bodies tell us,” says Narrative Yoga founder Megan de Matteo. In the past two years of her five years practicing yoga, Matteo has been actively recording her own personal narrative and says the union of words and movements has contributed greatly to healing and self-discovery. “There is no separation between the stories that happen to us and our health,” she says. “Narrative yoga is simply an extension of this idea of intertwining the disciplines.” Matteo, now at Lenoir-Rhyne University pursuing a narrative medicine masters, aims to raise $2,300 by Monday, Feb. 9, to complete a yoga training course and purchase yoga equipment before launching her new practice.

Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to kmcreynolds@mountainx.com. 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 WNC campaigns here.


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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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