THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!!! Our “TeachSSB200!” Indiegogo campaign has been a huge success with $13,497 raised from 144 supporters, totaling 115% of our goal. These funds allow the Star Spangled Music Foundation to publish both our 2-CD Poets & Patriots set of recordings as well as a Star Spangled Songbook including the vocal-choral scores we created to make these three dozen recordings. The CDs and sheet music will provide instructional materials for K-12 students across the nation and allow others to perform these forgotten or hard-to-find versions of the United States national anthem — “The Star-Spangled Banner” — plus its historical precursors and political derivatives.
SSMF executive director Susan Key summed up the results saying, “What’s so gratifying is the broad range of support for this effort. We had donors from across the country, from all walks of life, giving donations from $2 to $1500. This supports our goal of using this important anniversary to highlight the power of music to bring us together.”
The campaign has also helped us make new connections. Two donors directed that their perks be sent to elementary schools named after Francis Scott Key, which gave us the idea for a stretch goal to provide free materials to all K-12 schools in the U.S. named after our national lyricist if we beat our initial goal by $1500. And we did! We’ll report the results in a future post on those contacts.
SSMF board president and the manager of our Indiegogo campaign Mark Clague has posted a summary of his experience and take-aways from the successful campaign on his blog (click here to read the full account). He concludes that crowdfunding is not only a powerful tool for raising money, but that it benefits a project in other ways, from marketing and friend-raising to improving the quality of the project itself by forcing those seeking funds to articulate their pitch more effectively as well as inviting comments from supporters.
Thanks to all who made our campaign a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!