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Grow The Brooklyn Folk Festival

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

To fans and supporters of the Brooklyn Folk Festival,

We hope that you enjoyed last year’s, 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival. Many of you have been friends of the Festival from the beginning, and we truly appreciate your support. We hope you have enjoyed watching the festival grow from a small event, into a substantial yearly showcase, drawing bands from New York City and across the nation.

This year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival will be held at the Bell House, which was also our home for last year’s Festival. The 6th Annual Festival is scheduled for April 18th-20th, 2014 and will feature 30 bands over three days, playing American and world folk music, along with workshops, film screenings, jam sessions and the world-famous Banjo Toss Contest. Tickets will be available soon, stay tuned to or for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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The Festival has been and wishes to remain the nation’s largest folk festival set in an urban area; right here in the heart of New York City. The festival is curated by folklorist, musician and author Eli Smith in partnership with the Jalopy Theatre and exhibits the very best underground and nationally recognized talent in the field of Folk Music, including blues, bluegrass, old time, songwriters, jug bands, gospel music, klezmer, Mexican, Balkan, African and Indonesian folk music and more. In the 1960’s the greatest yearly gathering for folk music took place at the Newport Folk Festival on a farm in Rhode Island. Today we want to keep the yearly focus of the vibrant new folk music revival squarely here within the borders of Brooklyn. This will keep the festival accessible for New Yorkers and visitors from out of town, and help keep Brooklyn the heart of the contemporary revival of interest in folk music.

We are starting early in order to find a home for the 7th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, to be held in 2015. We will need your help to secure a larger location for the festival as it continues to grow in size and scope.  The festival has already been recognized by sold out crowds, the press, and folk music artists themselves as a “magical event” which stands out with clarity and vision against a backdrop of noise. In addition to finding a location, we wish to invite and confirm notable acts and artists to join the festival.
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For all of these reasons we are asking you to support the Brooklyn Folk Festival.
We are asking for your donation to help us plan and secure Brooklyn Folk Festival 2015! The Festival is a non-profit event, and your donation is tax deductible.

Donations can be made out to our fiscal agent, Fractured Atlas with our account # 11-3451703. Checks can be sent to 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY 11231.

You can also follow the link at the bottom and make your secure tax deductible donation online.

As a thank you gift we are offering the following rewards:

Folk Hero – $1000: 3 three-day passes to the 2014 festival, 10 tickets to any shows at Jalopy Theatre and a complete line of Jalopy LPs and CDs.

Founders Circle – $500: 2 three-day passes, and four tickets to any show(s) at Jalopy Theatre

Benefactor – $250: 2 three-day passes to the 2014 Festival

Friend – $100: 1 three-day pass to the 2014 Festival

Supporter – $50: BFF t-shirt and BFF 2012 and 2013 Live Albums on CD


Eli Smith, Lynette and Geoff Wiley and the Friends of the Brooklyn Folk Festival.s, I support The Brooklyn Folk Festi!

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