New York Funny Songs Festivals Kicks Off May 30
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Comedic singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino is steadfast in her goal of making the New York Funny Songs Festival an annual affair. The Lower East Side comedienne just marked the date for the second outing, which is set to kick off May 30. For four days, dozens of local funny musicians will perform in venues across the neighborhood, complemented by a series of workshops, panels, and classes. Coolest of all, though, is the event caps with a “field trip to see Weird Al Yankovic.
Delfino and company are using Kickstarter to raise $8,000 to help pay for the as-yet-unannounced headliner, and other various festival expenses. Below is an excerpt from the plea:
Our festival helps comedy music cement its own place in the performance world, so that the talented artists who toil in the field are no longer trapped in a limbo between comedy clubs and music venues. Money that we raise will go to booking our headlining act for the show, ensuring that our festival attracts established acts alongside newcomers. In addition, it will go to paying lesser known performers, covering promotional and marketing materials and further developing the website.
Our festival budget is $10,000 which we’ll use to cover, as mentioned above, a fee and travel expenses for our headlining act, advertising costs, printing for banners, programs and flyers and the production costs for 18 festival shows and classes. We have secured some grants and funds towards our budget already, and already are on our way.
Eleven days remain in the Kickstarter campaign, with just over $1,000 raised to date.