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 WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
HOLIDAY CHILDRESS’ SOLO DEBUT
“Will you make a record with me?” Holiday Childress inquires in his Kickstarter video just before segueing into a song-by-song album tour, complete with Thom Yorke-inspired dance moves. Childress is recording his 11-song album “Mind the Gap” at Echo Mountain Studios, and according to the eclectic musician, tunes venture from “a sweet little song I wrote for my kids” to a granddad singing hardcore rap. Childress performs with rock band The Goodies, but “Mind the Gap” is his first solo project. He aims to raise $10,000 by Oct. 20, to cover recording, studio musicians, art and design, mixing, mastering and printing his album.
THE MAGNETIC THEATRE RENOVATIONS
“The Magnetic Theatre has a new lease on life—a 10-year lease!” announces a recent update to the theater’s website. The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to producing original performances by “the great talents who live and work in this special city,” is crossing the street and settling into a long-term rental agreement at 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District. The theatre is accepting tax-deductible donations “of any size” (mailed checks or PayPal payments) to cover moving and renovation costs at the new location. Visit themagnetictheatre.org for more information or to make a donation.
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