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NYC Band The Shakey Tables Will Host a Benefit Show for New York Cares 26th Annual Coat Drive and Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdera

The Shakey Tables’ benefit show for New York Cares on Friday, November 21, 2014 7:30pm at Bowery Electric, NYC. Other donations can be made on Crowdera.co.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2014 – The Shakey Tables, a NYC funk rock band, is hosting its third annual benefit for New York Cares Coat Drive, this time adding a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdera to help boost donations.

The benefit show will take place on November 21, 2014 at 7:30pm at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, New York, NY. The cover charge will be waived for patrons that bring coats to donate to New York Cares’ annual coat drive, and The Shakey Tables will donate 100% of its proceeds from ticket sales/cover charges to benefit New York Cares. The Shakey Tables’ performance will feature songs from their new album, A Shakey Table Situation, among other favorites. Bowery Electric will also donate a portion of their bar revenue to the drive.

“We’re so excited to support New York Cares’ coat drive again this year,” said Jaclyn Dima, lead singer of The Shakey Tables. “This time we’re starting early with a show to kick off the drive, rather than end it, so we can get as much awareness out there as possible. We would love to have everyone come out to our show to support New York Cares, but we also came up with a plan for those who can’t make it. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Crowdera to fundraise on their platform, so everyone can participate to help us keep New Yorkers warm,” Dima added.

The Shakey Tables will launch the crowdfunding campaign on Crowdera (http://www.crowdera.co), a crowdfunding platform that supports educational and nonprofit organizations, the second week of November, facilitating donations to make it possible for New York Cares to collect, sort, and distribute much needed coats throughout the five boroughs. All supporters will receive a free download of The Shakey Tables’ new album, and some will also receive T-shirts from New York Cares and other rewards.

“We are thrilled The Shakey Tables have put together a fun campaign for a great cause,” said Stephanie Jelley, CMO of Crowdera. “With Crowdera’s new ‘no fee” policy, every penny goes straight to help New York Cares in its mission to serve New York City.”

“We appreciate having a New York band call attention to the ongoing needs of other New Yorkers,” said Gary Bagley, New York Cares Executive Director. “This year’s goal is to supply 100,000 men, women, and children with coats, so we’re hoping events like this one with The Shakey Tables brings some new people forward to help out in this immense effort.”

New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer management organization. New York Cares runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs. Every dollar donated to New York Cares amounts to $6 in service to the community.

Dima added, “A special shout out to Bowery Electric for hosting our event and contributing to the cause.”

The Shakey Tables, blending funk, rock, and pop, includes Jaclyn Dima (lead vocals), Ruth Hartke and Andi Rae Healy (backup vocals), Jona Carson (guitar), Charles Becker (bass), Mike Graves (drums), and Jackie Macri (keyboard), along with special guests Ian Schaefer, Chris Hiatt, and Robert Donnelly comprising the horn section.

About The Shakey Tables

The Shakey Tables, a NYC-based funk rock band, just released their first album, A Shakey Table Situation. With steady gigs throughout New York City at venues such as Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall, Trash Bar, Freddy’s Back Room, the National Underground, and the West Village’s famed Bitter End. The Shakey Tables deliver on its primary goal: to provide a good time to all who listen. http://www.shakeytables.com

About New York Cares

New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer management organization, runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs, and does so at no cost to the recipient organizations. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city; last year, we provided critical services to 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. newyorkcares.org.

About Crowdera

Crowdera, Inc. is a civic crowdfunding platform that supports educational and non-profit organizations serving individuals and communities. Crowdera helps schools and non-profits build meaningful engagement, spread their messages, and expand their donor base to increase their overall funding and impact.

Crowdera complements organizations’ existing fundraising and volunteering activities by offering a user-friendly platform to create visually compelling, viral fundraising campaigns that raise awareness and funding for an individual or organization’s needs and dreams.

The Future of Funding for the Things That Matter
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Social Entrepreneurs Crowdfund to Empower Women in Tanzania

Unite The World With Africa raises funds through Gladitood for the Unite Small Business Development Program.

(ST. LOUIS / Nov. 11, 2014) Connecticut-based international social enterprise Unite The World With Africa (UNITE) has teamed up with the St. Louis-headquartered socially-minded crowdfunding platform Gladitood.com to raise $11,500 to grow a Small Business Development Program for women in Tanzania, East Africa.

Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries. One in five girls has no education at all; nearly one in three adolescents report forced sexual initiation; and cultural traditions prevent women from participating in family and community decision-making. However, it’s also a country in which — when provided access to the necessary education, capital and support — Tanzanian women entrepreneurs can create an average of nearly six new jobs per enterprise. Programs that support such entrepreneurs, their growth and development, can radically transform lives and communities, for the better.

Entrepreneurship may look different in different places — e.g. roadside fruit and vegetable stands in Tanzania vs. technology startups in hotspots across the United States — however, the concept is universal: Harness the power of available resources in new and creative ways to develop innovative solutions and access new markets.

According to the International Finance Corporation, women’s economic empowerment in the developing world is positively correlated with improved economic growth for the society as a whole. UNITE is creating opportunities in impoverished villages in Tanzania by delivering business development education, grants and loans to women who can present solid business plans as well as to those who have pre-established micro- to small-enterprises.

“Our goal is to provide women entrepreneurs the support they need to succeed. Any loans granted will be repaid with 15 percent interest within 15 months and then placed back into a revolving loan fund that will enable more loans,” explains Anne Wells, founder and executive director of UNITE. “In exchange for capital and ongoing education, business owners will be required to take on apprentices and train the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Our mission is to stop the vicious cycle of gender-based discrimination and poverty.”

Wells is no stranger to global social entrepreneurship and in May 2013 the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights named her a “Local Defender” for her work. Her passion for entrepreneurial ventures is what attracted Wells to the idea of crowdfunding through St. Louis tech startup Gladitood.

“UNITE embodies all of the characteristics that Gladitood looks for in projects,” said Ryan Brennell, co-founder and CEO of Gladitood. “Together we are entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs. It is incredibly rewarding to see women-owned-businesses on the other side of the world succeed when you understand firsthand the challenges that any business owner goes through much less the barriers they have overcome.”

Gladitood offers nonprofit organizations a platform that focuses on helping humanitarian and conservation projects reach their funding and volunteer goals. Its latest project, International Peace Initiatives, launched in September and reached its goal of more than $14,000 in donations.

The Gladitood campaign for the Unite Small Business Development Program runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30, 2014. Interested supporters can back the project at https://gladitood.com/campaigns/empowering-women-in-tanzania/.

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Sesame Enable Releases First Completely Touch-Free Smartphone

Head-motion activated technology brings usability and ubiquity of smartphones to  previously excluded disabled populations

TEL AVIV, Israel — Nov. 11, 2014Sesame Enable today announced the launch of the first completely hands-free smartphone, the Sesame Phone. Designed by a quadriplegic, the head-motion activated mobile device brings the cellphone revolution to a population that has until now been excluded — people with spinal chord injuries, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, severe Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, severe arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other disabilities that impair the use of the hands and arms.

Co-founders Giora Livne, a quadriplegic veteran and former electrical engineer, and Oded Ben Dov, an app developer and computer vision expert, teamed up in 2012 to develop a smartphone for people who have limited, or no, use of their hands. Sesame Enable is now accepting Sesame Phone pre-orders and launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to support final R&D needed to ensure the technology is accessible to the entire spectrum of the disabled population it will serve.

“I was completely dependent on people around me to communicate,” said Livne. “With this solution, I can operate a phone, read a story, call my loved ones, play games and do everything that other people do without any help. Sesame has allowed me to regain the freedom and independence I had been yearning for, and today those doors will be opening to millions of others.”

The Sesame Phone is a Google Nexus 5 Android smartphone equipped with Sesame’s proprietary head-tracking technology and voice control. Simply say “Open Sesame” to turn on the phone, go through a calibration setup, and the built-in front-facing camera will begin tracking a user’s head movements automatically.

Sesame’s software uses a computer vision algorithm to track a user’s head movements with extreme precision and, with new R&D funding, will be able to detect the entire range of movements – from adult to child, and from severe to minor restrictions of head mobility. Through Sesame’s software layer, the user will gain access to Google Play’s entire world of apps, which means users will also be able to Tweet, post to Facebook, send instant messages, make phone calls, or download any of the other millions of apps and use them touch-free.

“I was left paralyzed from the neck down from a car accident,” says Sesame enthusiast Tracy Todd. “Ever since then I’ve been unable to do simple things like make a private phone call on my own. I’d give anything to do that. I’m also dying to go onto Facebook or tweet on Twitter without any help. I want to be able to do everything my friends do on their smartphones without any help.”

““Despite all the advancements in technology today, so few are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Today we are creating equality through technology,” said Ben Dov. “Developing the technology to power the Sesame phone has been a complex process, as each person with special needs has unique needs. Some have the full range of head motion and others can barely move their head at all. Yet head gesture tracking proves far more accurate and effective than gaze tracking on mobile devices. After two years of development, we are now in the final stages of R&D and are thrilled to bring to market the first truly touch-free smartphone.”

Pre-orders are available through the Indiegogo platform. The page can be found here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sesame-touch-free-smartphone

About Sesame Enable

Sesame developed the first completely touch-free smartphone, created for the disabled by the disabled. Powered by voice control and cutting-edge head-tracking technology, the Sesame Phone opens a new world of communication and independence to a population that needs it most: quadriplegics, people suffering from ALS, Parkinson’s disease, spinal chord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, severe Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and others that have limited to no use of their hands.

Author, Activist Explains Participation Economy

Michelle Williams is an author hoping to make a difference in the world and she needs your help! She is raising money on StartSomeGood.. Recently, I caught up with Michelle to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

We are in the midst of a big shift from passive consumer to active aware participant and this is transforming business, govt, education and society.

This book will give you the jewels and gems you need to understand what this means for us as individuals, looking at the benefits and the pitfalls we need to overcome in a new participation driven world.

“Participation is the New Consumption”.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

To self-publish this book I need to raise $7,500.
I am at 33% of this target now and have 12 days to go, with the campaign to end November 12, 2014.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The US National Security office says individual empowerment will become the dominant force and will help solve some of our mounting global issues.

This is a book for many but is more a piece to understand how these changes affect all of us, how they are linked from participant driven education, to government services designed with the community and business driven by community with an empowered consumer driving ethics.
This book will show individuals how they can navigate this new participation driven world.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

  • $20 the eBook
    $30 A printed version of the book (signed)
    $60 A custom made laser cutting of your name, your company, and your logo. This is great signage for your co-working desk or business shop front + a copy of the book and is usually worth $80 (Vecta image of your logo is required for laser cutting) + listed as contributing author
    $100 Curated dinner with leading Changemakers (Sydney only) + listed as contributing author. This rewards also includes the book
    Plus a few more

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Pozible Launches Crowdfunding Match Program with Shanghai-Nanxiang Government, IDG Capital Partners

Unprecedented Collaboration with Government Office Connects Entrepreneurs with Capital, Manufacturing Support, Chinese Entity Setup and More

SHANGHAI and MELBOURNE – November 5, 2014 – Pozible, Asia Pac’s largest crowdfunding platform, has just announced a partnership with IDG Captial Partners and the Shanghai-Nanxiang government to award matching funds and other support to the entrepreneurs behind the seven strongest Internet of Things (IoT) projects in a three-month promotion starting November 15.

Any IoT-related hardware project that registers on the Pozible platform during the three-month season will be eligible for the program, which is open to creators from all over world. On February 15, 2015, the seven projects that raise the most funds for their campaigns will receive a dollar-for-dollar reward. The top funding campaign will be awarded up to US$81,000; up to US$32,000 matched funds will be granted to the runner-up; and a maximum of US$9,000 will be awarded to the remaining five campaigns.

In addition to the matched funds, the Shanghai-Nanxiang government will provide the winning campaign owners with manufacturing and prototype resources, free Chinese entity setup services and will even introduce the teams to potential investors.

“As Asia Pac’s biggest crowdfunding platform, Pozible has always been focused on connecting great ideas with great opportunities. This collaboration with the Shanghai-Nanxiang government and IDG Capital Partners allows us to give our creators a great boost in funding,” said Rick Chen, co-founder and CEO of Pozible. “China is a great place for hardware companies to get started, but it can also be challenging for outsiders to navigate its business and manufacturing systems unless they know the market. The support resources the Shanghai-Nanxiang government is offering the winning project creators is more valuable for the long-term future of their companies than the funding itself.”

This program is part of Shanghai-Nanxiang’s Technology 50, an initiative to provide new technology companies with office space, investment opportunities and other services, with the help of Chinese venture firms. With IoT on the rise, the Chinese government has been instrumental in supporting innovators in the sector and is planning to invest $600 billion by 2020 in IoT.

“China is growing into the global leader in IoT. We’re delighted to support this new program and encourage entrepreneurs to grow their technology with us,” said Aliza Gao, representative with Technology 50.

“We’re excited to be involved with the work Pozible is doing to support innovation globally. There’s never been more interest in new tech, and we’re looking forward to watching the type of projects that emerge,” said Phil Jiang, managing director IDG China, Shanghai Office.

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Deposit a Gift Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Inspire Spending with Purpose

PRLog – Nov. 4, 2014 – NEW YORK — New York City, New York, November 4, 2014 – This week, crowdfunding platform, Deposit a Gift (http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause), announces it’s #GivingTuesday Give Back program to inspire users to engage in the 3rd annual global day of giving on December 2nd. Deposit a Gift joins the ranks of businesses, charities, communities, religious organizations and individuals who are transforming the holidays with this powerhouse day of giving.

In the spirit of the season, Deposit a Gift will be giving back too. The site is happy to announce that it will waive its platform fee and donate it back to participating campaigns.They will also be offering a free webinar prep course, extra marketing support and special social media spotlights. Founder and CEO, Dana Ostomel, is thrilled to offer this to our customers, “One of the greatest joys of running Deposit a Gift is our ability to help people on a mass scale. It’s our pleasure to take this opportunity to galvanize our community to give back and offer our support on #GivingTuesday.”

Deposit a Gift and #GivingTuesday are a natural fit. #GivingTuesday is practically built for crowdfunding and who better to lead the charitable charge than Deposit a Gift, a company who’s name is based in giving. Deposit a Gift is dedicated to making the process of getting involved with #GivingTuesday as simple as possible. It’s perfect for kicking off a year-end appeal or fundraising for a specific need.

To learn more about how it works, please visit: http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause

About Deposit a Gift

DepositaGift.com is the most flexible funding platform for organizational and personal fundraising. The all-in-one platform for donations, sponsorships and ticket sales is built to leverage social networks and viral sharing! For anyone looking to raise money and rally supporters, Deposit a Gift offers the perfect way to showcase exactly what you want money for and incite people to contribute. Launched in 2010, Deposit a Gift serves the growing need to raise money online for anything from charitable organizations and disaster relief, to school fundraising, help with medical bills, memorial funds, pet rescue or crowdfunding a personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit: http://www.depositagift.com

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Teenage Entrepreneur Seeks To Feed 1000 Families For Thanksgiving

Tiana Ramos, the teenage founder of Naughty Girls Donut Shop, hopes to feed dinner 1,000 families this Thanksgiving and she needs your help! She is raising money on Fundly. Recently, I caught up with Tiana to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I am only person but it seems as if I was put here to do so much more. I want to give back. I want to help others see the blessing in passing it forward. I am hoping to give 1,000 families a reason to say thank you and give them a reason to push forward in hopes that when they become able they too could pass the blessing forward.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

In working with Schnecks foods. The price to feed 1,000 families is approximately $14,888. I am looking to raise $15,000. We are using a 501c3. The money will go directly into the Day of Unity Bank Account. The funds will be used to directly purchase food for these families. We are working with several nonprofits so it is a tax deduction.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are currently working with loaves and fishes and the United Way in efforts to feed 1,000 hungry families throughout several counties including Warren County, Frederick County, Fauquier County and Prince William County. We are reaching out through the various food pantries in hopes to get the families who are truly in need this holiday season.

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Environmentalist Crowdfunds To Save Community Forest

Nikki Brown is working to save the Kilfinan Community Forest in Scotland and she needs your help! She is raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, I caught up with Nikki to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Our crowdfunding campaign will help save a vital community resource in the highlands of Scotland – the Kilfinan Community Forest. With every £20 donation we will be able to plant a new sapling to help reforest an area that was destroyed by storms in 2013.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We hope to raise £5500, which will give us enough to plant 500 saplings and many more seeds. This will be enough to replant the whole destroyed area of forest.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Our community forest not only created oxygen and an a habitat for wildlife – it’s a also a creative outdoor learning space for the local primary school and a recreational area for locals. We intend to build crofts and affordable housing on the land too. We believe the best way to create a living forest is to have people living in it!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For each £20 donated you will be able to sponsor your own sapling. You’ll be able to name your tree and will get a certificate. You’re welcome to come and visit it whenever you like, and for additional donations we can also offer a tour, packs of greetings cards featuring hand-drawn images of the forest, a plot-to-plate picnic on the site, and lots of wild camping.

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Quadriplegic Entrepreneur Puts Service To Others First

Benjamin Alessi is a quadriplegic entrepreneur working to make a difference in the world and he needs your help! He is raising money on his website.. Recently, I caught up with Ben to learn more about her work; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The Naked Collective is a lifestyle company, currently it is made up of four art/fashion “collections,” and two musical “collectives.” Each “collection” and “collective” has a very specific social benefit, and we do not seek monetary goals when we prepare for any of our releases except to cover the costs and our time. Currently, we were able to scrape together the funds necessary to begin our four art collectives, and each one of them has a social goal attached to it. For example, all profits on purchases of any items in our “Local Legends” collection go towards Justina McIntyre, the mom of Ronnie Powell aka “The Truth” who passed away due to painkiller abuse. Justina, in turn, donates some of the shirts we send her, and any money raised towards a charity stopping painkiller abuse. This is just one small example of the good we are already trying to do, but let us get back to the goal at hand….

Our bottom line is customer satisfaction, and more importantly, community. The way we achieve our bottom line is through the arts, the true soul of life. The music we sponsor through our #restoretheradio program brings listeners to our website, where they can easily access many of the “lifestyle” features we provide for artists and art appreciators alike.

The “we” I referenced earlier is a community of customers, artists, musicians, and fans that extends worldwide, and includes producers, rappers, artists, collectors. listeners, customers, and fans that can be specifically accounted for in 39 states, and every continent (excluding Antartica.) Some of the people we have contacted, promoted or collaborated with in our “Naked Collective” include celebrities like producer Cardiak Flatline, comedians Heather McDonald , Tom Green and Brad Trackman and artists Afroman, Rone, Big Sean, Joel Venom , Carmine, and hundreds of others. Using the connections that we have established through hard work and dedication, me and my team of young visionaries have been able to establish connections, distribute product, and learn our craft. I am reffering to events llike Big Sean’s first ever concert in Philadelphia ( April of 2011, put on by Easy Threads Clothing in collaboration with companies like Def Jam ) , Wiz Khalifa “Be Easy” benefit concert for ,and the infamous yearly “Be Easy Bash”, which occurs each summer, and draws as many as 2,300 local artists, concert goers and visionaries like Paris Artelli, Dannie Phantom, The Smiling Lies, Millionz and Physicz (both artists w/ The Naked Co.)

One of the main purposes of The Naked Collective is community, and one of the biggest social benefits that The Naked Collective provides exists within this community. For this specific we have an objective that we seek to achieve. This objective is to restore the power of the radio to listeners, and to establish a morally strong, artistically raw, world-wide platform for artists and audiophiles alike. We believe the arts inspire innovation, generate happiness, and ultimately promote the collaboration that allows us break through social barriers, give individuals a chance for self-expression, and spreads ideas that change the world. Literally, we seek to strip the music industry down in order to illuminate the true beauty and sole of the arts. We hope to do this not only through the very first lifestyle app. ,but through two very unique collector’s “mixed” tapes and our #restoretheradio agenda.

By putting on local artists with A-list celebrities, establishg the connections needed for success, providing cost-friendly clothing for fashion-friendly folk and matching their purchases to clothe those truly homeless or without clothing, and spread the gifts of music and art.

These are the “naked” objectives.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We need to raise $70,000.00 cover the costs of TWO very important projects.

These two projects are called “The 40th Parallel” and “The Chronicles”, and they both will be made available by your donations via the lifestyle app. that we will be using part of the funds for as well.

The 40th Parallel is a music collective under the Naked Collective umbrella. It’s name comes from latitude line that runs through Philadelphia. The purpose of the collective is simple: support, grow, and promote the music and art community of Philadelphia. For the first project, 17 Philadelphia area artists submitted songs to put on a compilation album. Some of these artists have been featured in magazines like “Rolling Stone Magazine”, and others have not yet gotten any press. All of them have donated songs worthy of radio play through our #restorettheradio program.

The 40th parallel will be helping hard-working artists in the area get their name out, connect artists together, and overall tighten and support the Philadelphia music community. In the future, we hope to release seasonal compilation albums and host live pop-up shows featuring these artists.

We thoroughly believe and know that the music we gathered from artists in local Philadelphia deserves to be heard on the local radio. We want to grow a #restorethemusic campaign that restore power to the music that the public truly wants to hear. So far, the collaborative is being promoted so far by WXPN’s “The Key” , WCU Radio 91.7 “the Curve”, NYC Radio 99.3 “TAZ Radio” and there will be a FREE download for anyone on The Naked Collective website, as well purchasable collector’s cassette tape , and CD options.

$30,000.00 of the money we raised would go to covering the costs of press, live shows, merchandise (hats, shirts, stickers, etc.) , as well the costs of making 5,000 playable cassette tapes, complete with cassette case and cover and printing a limited edition “40th Parallel” magazine, full of helpful tips, numbers, leads, pictures, and stories.

If we reach our $30,000.00 goal for The 40th Parallel, we also will have enough money to host our first ever #restoretheradio March at the end of November, in which we hope to get our hundreds and thousands of fans on board to picket, call in, protest, and endlessly request “The 40th Parallel” is played at 104.5 FM, Pennsylvania’s alternative radio station.

Of the remaining $40,000.00 that we are seeking … $30,000.00 is to fund the release of “The Chronicles”, a collector’s hip hop mixed tape that The Naked Collective founder, Ben Alessi (also known as Trill Humble Clinton) has been collecting tracks for since his accident 02/15/110. The album boasts tracks from artists across the world, including:

And over 20 other artists!
The Chronicles is not only a Hip-Hop collector’s must own album, but it is a masterpiece, and provides listeners with a chance to hear Hip Hop / Rap music from a different perspective. The Chronicles provides the listener with morally-balanced songs promoting a positive kind of Hip Hop / Rap music that is virtually impossible to find nowadays, both on the radio and online. The album also is part of our #restoretheradio program, and if the financial goal we have set for The Chronicles is reached, we will launch our “attack” to restore the radio on both Wired 96.5 FM in Philadelphia and Q 102.1 FM.

The $30,000.00 we are asking for this campaign covers the costs of TWO live performances (most of the artists we are booking right now are asking around $7,000.00 for a performance) by A list artists on The Chronicles, as well as THREE live performances by other artists affiliated with The Chronicles.

The money will also cover 2,000 free hard copy CD’s of The Chronicles (not including shipping), and 3,000 unique USB’s pre-loaded with The Chronicles tracklist , and appearing to be a retro cassette tape. The rest of the costs will cover merchandise (beanies, crewneck sweaters, stickers, etc.) ,and promotion costs.

The remaining $10,000.00 that we are seeking to raise money for is to create an app. , available for download on both Iphone and Android. This app. will include all the songs on both the 40th Parallel, and The Chronicles, as well as a user-friendly interface with features like a calendar containing all the performance dates of artists on the collaborative album.

All together, our $70,000.00 asking price will help create and release two full length albums, and a “lifestyle” app. that will promote local music and therefore local economy.

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Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The 40th Parallel and The Chronicles will benefit local artists and local community the most, while simultaneously providing these “local” artists with a world wide platform to showcase their art. On the surface, our project benefits artists and art appreciators most, but the affect that our project could have is worldwide. Not only do all of the collections we currently promote have a direct social benefit, but with the money we are trying to raise, we hope to create a virtual app. that will change the world!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For all donations of less then $100.00 we will reward our supporters with a hard copy version of both The 40th Parallel and The Chronicles, as well as a tee shirt from one of our collections (www.thenakedco.com) , and a thank you email from The Naked Collective president, Ben Alessi.

For all donations of above $100 and below $1,000 we will reward our supporters with a hard copy cassette version of the 40th Parallel, as well as a CD copy, a USB and CD copy of The Chronicles, two shirts from our collections, as well as stickers, hats, other collector’s items of BOTH The Chronicles and the 40th Parallel releases, AND an access code to our lifestyle application (available on both Android and Iphone.) A personalized Tweet, Facebook post or email is also available.

For all donations above $1,000.00 we will give the supporter ALL of the aforementioned items, plus a customized print autographed by a celebrity involved with The Naked Collective, and a hand written personal note from each member of The Naked Collective.

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