Tinderbox Music Festival, which will be held on September 26, 2010, at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY, aims to promote the music of an eclectic group of 19 female artists including:
Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers
Jenny Owen Youngs
Hank and Cupcakes
Kalae All Day
Jessie Murphy in the Woods
Brit & the Calvary
Charlene Kaye and the Brilliant Eyes
Tinderbox fosters community by providing opportunities to perform, collaborate, and connect within the vibrant NYC music scene. By donating 100 % of net proceeds to organizations involved in helping the next generation of women musicians and writers, Tinderbox strives to ensure that the fire it ignites will long outlive and outgrow the festival itself.
"The outpouring of generosity and excitement for the festival has been amazing. We exceeded our Kickstarter fundraising goal and have secured sponsorships from companies such as Venus Zine, BUST Magazine, and ASCAP," says Alyson Greenfield, founder of the event. "Many incredible people are also volunteering their time and talents, from sound engineers to graphic designers, website problem solvers to photographers, and stage managers to street team members-- and this is one of the most exciting things to me-- the fact that we are actually building a community."
Looking ahead, Alyson and the Tinderbox team plan to take a showcase to the annual SXSW festival in Texas next March in order to begin their national live presence and help create buzz for the second Tinderbox Music Festival to be held in 2011.
The seed for Tinderbox Music Festival was planted when singer/songwriter Alyson Greenfield heard that Lilith Fair was making a comeback in 2010. Alyson decided to start "Dear Lilith Fair 2010," a blog zealously dedicated to getting a spot on the tour. Being named one of The Deli Magazine's "NYC Artists on the Rise," receiving accolades from a myriad of publications such as PASTE Magazine, and having song placements on FOX, Alyson is an esteemed artist in her own right. While blogging, Alyson received so much feedback from women musicians, pushing her to realize that even though she was glad Lilith Fair was returning, even more space was needed to showcase exciting women musicians-- and especially emerging artists.
With the additional experience Alyson gained from helping to set up and book artists for two BUST Magazine sponsored showcases during SXSW 2010, as well as forming a team including Jennifer Newman, entertainment attorney (NY bar admission pending) and singer/songwriter/producer, and Alicia Matusheski, Manager of Business Affairs and Supervising Paralegal at Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, Tinderbox Music Festival was formed.
TINDERBOX will be donating 100% of net proceeds to these NYC organizations:
WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS http://www.williemaerockcamp.org/
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
GIRLS WRITE NOW http://www.girlswritenow.org/gwn/
Girls Write Now provides guidance, support, and opportunities for New York City's underserved or at-risk high school girls, enabling them to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy choices in school, career, and life. Alyson Greenfield is an active member of this organization.
Presenting Sponsors are PAI Media, MusicDish/MI2N, BUST Magazine, and VENUS Zine
Twitter URL: http://twitter.com/tinderboxfest
Official Website: http://tinderboxmusicfestival.com/