Wow – what an amazing experience! I’ve received numerous accolades from musicians and attendees and am humbled by the appreciation. Of course, DIY isn’t a solo effort with this much going on in one weekend, so I’d like to make sure the following people are recognized as critical partners in fun plannin’.
Sara Eley, Kyle Monhollen, Leah Farkas, Karen Mattis, Ilana Blumberg Thomas, Chris Reilly, David Horning, Scott Prawalsky, Kellie Schultz, Evan Clayburg and the many, many volunteers that helped from promotion to set-up to delivery to tear down.
I’d also like to thank the 850+ paying fans and 200+ musicians who performed spectacularly.
There is no doubt that this year’s Davis Music Fest was successful. Hugely so. For three days, fans young and old applauded songs performed by talented people in a variety of genres and styles. I saw nothing but high fives and ear-to-ear grins on wristband holders.
Of course, if smiles were the measure of a festival’s financial success, we’d be writing a check to single-handedly fund the Davis schools’ arts programs tomorrow. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. Production costs of this type of festival (or any arts event, for that matter) are staggeringly high, and we anticipated at least 1,000 guests, based on last year’s attendance. Therefore, this year’s festival incurred some significant personal expenses, operating at a deficit instead of our hoped (and projected) profit that would have been such a blessing to our schools.
Fortunately, enthusiasm for this festival in our community is at an all-time high. “Best Fest yet!” is something I’ve heard several times. So, this news of our struggles should in no way diminish the contributions of all our volunteers and supporters or the great time that was enjoyed by all. It was a total blast!
But as we ponder the feasibility of producing another event, we will need to consider some significant changes. We’ll keep you close as we develop a plan for moving forward, but we will need all hands on deck. Please let us know your feedback, positive and negative, and thoughts for future improvements: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each and every one of you deserves our sincere thanks for making DMF the most rockin’ time of the year. Thanks in advance for your continued patience and support. In the meantime, go to more shows!
P.S. We are accepting donations to help bridge the gap (see button upper right).
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