UPDATE: Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

Image courtesy of The Volt per Octaves

UPDATE: The Volt per Octaves have relaunched their campaign, which now aims to raise $1,500 by Oct. 28. Here is the story we ran on Aug. 3.

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.


Leave it to an Ashevillian to invent a neoprene necktie that doubles as a condensation-combatting beer holder. Reuben Hollifield’s stylish “Beer Tie” will “dress up yer drinkin’,” according to his fundraising page. Its highly functional design may soon make it a festival staple in Asheville and beyond. Hollifield aims to raise $7,800 by Aug. 23, to place his initial manufacturing order.


Asheville-based trio The Volt per Octaves is a family affair consisting of parents Nick and Anna Montoya and their pre-teen daughter Ava. The family moved to Asheville when Nick accepted a position with Moog Music, and now the whole band performs on a slew of Moog instruments. The Volt per Octaves aim to raise $5,000 by Aug. 7, to record and release their fourth studio album, “Joining the Circuits.”

Send your crowdsource campaign news to kmcreynolds@mountainx.com. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based, should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change.


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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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2 thoughts on “UPDATE: Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

  1. The VPOs

    Thanks for your support Kat! We have relaunched our campaign on Indiegogo! :)

    • Kat McReynolds

      Thanks for the update. I’ve added the information and reposted. Best of luck with your campaign!

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