The Help of a Village: How to build a music festival with the support of a community.
Hello! My name is Noah Bick and I run a music festival called Passovah Summer Fest. The festival began in the summer of 2012 as a 24 act, two-night, affair at Il Motore [now known as Bar Le Ritz PDB]. It has since grown into a 5 day / 9 venue / 100 act party that will take place between August 26th and 30th 2015.
I realized long ago that turning to folks with more experience then myself is often a great way to solve a problem. I want to use this space to reflect on the key role that other local institutions have played in development of Passovah Fest. I have learned that collaborating with members of one’s community with whom you share values can do wonders for your creative project.
Our first edition featured two partnerships, which helped make the event that much better. The first was with the venue itself, who gave us the room rent free. While the room benefited from two busy nights during the quiet summer months, the festival benefited from one less expense. The second was with a local restaurant called Bistro Araucaria, who gave out empanadas during the concert. This promo was a win-win, publicity for the restaurant and free treats for attendees!
Throughout the years I have always been able to turn to other local music institutions for advice and help. For example, the staff at Pop Montreal and Blue Skies Turn Black are always helpful when I have questions about festival or event production. Thanks for your recycled wristbands for our third edition POP MONTREALLLL!
This year I turned to the community for something even bigger, a crowd funding campaign to help fund this year’s festival. Lots of folks [from local artists and stores to other promoters] stepped up to the plate to help. We raised over 4K! AMAZING! Yelp Montreal has been an incredible partner for our fourth edition. TAKE A LOOK AT THE AMAZING EVENT WE COLLABED on!
I am always open to partners in the community who share a vision. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this thing so far. We live in a village. Help keep our village awesome and help it grow.