We have accumulated nearly $1,000 in sponsorship money.
Everything that we need has been donated, save for t-shirts for the approximately 65 volunteers that we will have for 3 shifts of 2 hours each. We have been quoted $8-9 per shirt.
A decent portion of the balance of the funds will be used to boost posts on Facebook. According to Tom Zartler, this is quite effective to get visibility as he has done it himself to get people to view the events for when his band plays a gig.
We reduced the number of bands to 8, with each band playing for 40 minutes instead of 30. The schedule is:
School of Rock Band (11:15 AM - 11:55 AM)
Silent Q (12:10 PM - 12:50 PM)
Under a Ton (1:05 PM - 1:45 PM)
The Bent Benjamins (2:00 PM - 2:40 PM)
The Matt Mead Band (2:55 PM - 3:35 PM)
Iridesense (3:50 PM - 4:30 PM)
Nicola (4:45 PM - 5:25 PM)
Outer Bridge Crossing (5:40 PM - 6:20 PM)
Matt Mead got us a drum riser, donated by PanAVid. They are a professional event equipment supplier.
I will be putting together a playlist of 2h of music from the first two Haiti albums, the two Sandy albums, the Typhoon Haiyan singles that we released. If that's still not enough then I'll pick a few others from the SoH members that they have distributed over the years.
We are confirmed for having a merchandising table on location for each of the artists. We appreciate the fact that they are donating their time for the event, but if they can make a buck or two selling CDs then that helps them out too.
We also have confirmed some activities for the kids. This is a new development, and it started because we are trying to prevent people from leaving if the kids get bored. Bwahahahaha
I was Skype'ing with Glyn yesterday, and he offered to record an introduction that could be played over the PA to show that Sound of Humanity is indeed a global organization and even though many of you won't be there physically it's not like you haven't been involved. I love the idea, but would like to take it a step beyond this: I have written a script that I'd like several people involved in the recording of. Each person will say a phrase here and there, and I'll put it together in a Cubase project to make it sound like a TV commercial. This will be our intro.
The people I'd like to participate were chosen based on their location. The script will start with people local to Roxbury, NJ and will expand all the way out to Ian in New Zealand. If the audience hasn't figured out that we're serious when we say "global" then all hope is lost.
I will reach out to you all individually (on Facebook most likely), but the people are: Glyn Powell, Ian Rushton, Kim Christiansen, me, Lenny Lee, Mark Petruzzi, Matt Mead, Nicola Vasquez, Robin Hare, Tara Eberle-Drouin, Tom Zartler, and Wim Koopman. Matt, Nicola and Tara are not in this forum so I will contact them separately.