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Help “bail out” the 11th annual Music is Art festival

I often hear people say that they would like to help out a worthy cause, but they aren’t sure how to go about doing it. Maybe they’re short on time, or maybe they aren’t sure about the non-profit landscape. Sometimes helping out a worthy cause is as easy as attending an event and buying some food and drinks. For eleven years that’s what Music is Art has counted on in order to grow… or even exist. Honestly, I can’t imagine Buffalo without Music is Art.

Right now, Music is Art needs your help. If you were one of the people that wanted to attend the day-long festival, but didn’t due to the inclement weather, then you’ve got lots of company. As bad luck would have it, the morning of MiA brought rain. Then, it rained all afternoon, and on into the evening (see here). On the day of the show, I recall watching organizer Robby Takac broadcasting his sincere appreciation for anyone who braved the elements… there was even a contest set up that morning that offered a cash prize for the best umbrella. Unfortunately, by the time MiA was over, the festival was in a financial hole. Instead of raising money for disadvantaged youth so that they could learn to play instruments, suddenly the tune had changed. Today MiA is looking for monetary donations in order to recoup what must have been a sizable loss.

Robby-Takac-Buffalo-NYNow it’s our turn to help out a festival that has done more to elevate the music scene in Buffalo, than just about any other fundraising mechanism around. Robby and the gang are asking that supporters of music in the region step up to the stage and contribute. Just think, if you had attended the festival and bought a couple beers and a taco, that money would have gone directly to MiA. Maybe you would have spent 20 bucks? Maybe more? Did you save that money for a rainy day? If so, the the rain is here. If you are a fan of Music is Art, and you don’t want to see the event struggle because of a washout, do your part and help out the inspirational Buffalo institution by offering up a tax deductible donation.

After learning that MiA was facing hard times, an anonymous donor stepped up and offered to match any incoming donations during this funding drive. That means that if you give $30, then you’re actually giving $60! That’s a sweet deal for MiA and one more step towards bailing out the operation. Remember, this is not just about festival – its also about music programming in the community and doing the right thing for an organization that has helped to keep the rain off our backs for the last 11 years.

You can donate directly on Paypal, or you can click on the MiA website and learn more about the cause. Please consider doing a good deed for a festival in need. Also spread the word on Social Media sites if you can!


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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