Fundraising

Criers Move into Storefront Home

AFC Space Yesterday morning, the Criers met together at our new home on South Street in Jamaica Plain for our first rehearsals of Folklore. The energy was strong and spirits high as we played our first notes in the 800-square-foot storefront that will serve as A Far Cry's rehearsal and collaborative arts home. In addition to the upstairs area, there is an 800-square-foot office space, storage space, and music library/archive in the basement that will serve as the home of A Far Cry's day-to-day, non-profit operational activities.

Brainstorming has reached fever pitch among the Criers concerning what other uses the upstairs storefront might have. Some ideas presented so far include open rehearsals, an instrument "petting zoo" for kids, chamber music and jazz jam session evenings, intimate family concerts, a weeklong festival to celebrate the arts in Jamaica Plain, collaboration with local visual artists, guest speakers, a video showcase, art exhibits, and many, many more ideas!

Additionally, we are asking our fans and supporters to please consider helping us by donating furniture/supplies that we need to properly set up the space. The short list of things that we are most in need of are:

- a well-functioning computer: desktop -or- laptop  DONATED! - computer monitor: large enough for graphic design work - a baby grand (or larger) piano - a file cabinet - area rugs for upstairs rehearsal space and downstairs office space

Are you looking to donate any of these items to an active, non-profit arts group? If so, please contact Margaret Dyer (our Operations chair) directly at margaret@afarcry.org or call us at 617.297.2796 (office).

A Far Cry packs for West Coast Tour!

smaller busDear Friends,

On Tuesday, May 13th, the Criers fly to San Francisco to begin their 3-week trek up the West Coast to Seattle, with stops along the way in Santa Rosa, Roseburg, and Portland. From outreach programs to concert hall performances, chamber music shenanigans, and a working retreat, A Far Cry is prepping for a very busy tour!

Do you know someone who enjoys music? Please bring them with you! Do you know someone in the cities we're visiting? Please tell them about our concert and invite them to attend! Here's the line up:

San Francisco - Thursday May 15th 2008 @ 8pm - Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum

Santa Rosa - Sunday May 18th 2008 @ 3pm - Glaser Center at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Roseburg - Wednesday May 21st 2008 @ 7pm - Melrose Community Church [by donation]

Portland - Friday May 23rd 2008 @ 7:30pm - First Unitarian Church

Seattle - Monday May 26th 2008 @ 7pm - Great Hall at Town Hall

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased in advanced through Brown Paper Tickets, a Seattle-based fair trade ticketing service (www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free 1-800-838-3006). Get your tickets ahead of time!

There are three very important and easy ways you can partner with A Far Cry in our commitment to bring you world-class, passionate performances:

1. Come to our concerts and bring your friends along!

2. Tell all of your friends about our performances, invite them to come, and also encourage them to visit our website to learn more about us!

3. Make a fully tax-deductible contribution to A Far Cry (we are a 501(c)3 non-profit incorporation). This is as easy as clicking the link on our main page and donating by credit card or mailing a check to the address listed under "Get Involved". This, our first Tour, is made possible entirely from your generous support.

As always, please contact us with any questions you have at info@afarcry.org / 617.297.2796.

We look forward to seeing all of our West Coast fans at the concerts!

501(c)(3) non-profit!

A Far Cry received amazing news last week. The IRS (how often do you get good news from the IRS?) notified us that our application for tax-exempt status has been approved! A Far Cry, Inc. is now exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. We are officially a non-profit corporation.We need to first thank the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (www.vlama.org) who approved our application for reduced-cost legal assistance, and for our incredible team at Ropes and Gray (www.ropesgray.com) who have shepherded us through the complicated process of obtaining tax exemption.

There are lots of reasons this is an important milestone for A Far Cry. Donations made to A Far Cry are now 100% tax-deductible. A whole world of grants available only to non-profits is now open to us. Most importantly of all, A Far Cry's mission - to spread light and joy in the world through incredible performances of incredible music - has gained in stature. No longer are we a rag-tag band of musicians who play together for the sheer love of it; now we have a higher responsibility to the public and to the world to carry on. We can lift the world to a better place article card consolidation credit debtcard credit debt get ridcard credit debt reducingcredit card merchant fee,credit card merchant,first national merchant credit card advantagecredit card bank of georgiabad card credit credit peoplelowest rate credit cardcard credit discover offerdebt interest credit card consolidationlow interest credit card offer,stop credit card offer,credit card offerbank card credit orchard servicescard credit service wirelessmonogram credit card bankdebt loan to pay off credit card,credit card debt loancredit card debt counselingapplication aspire card credit,aspire credit card applicationcapital one secured credit cardbank card credit household,bank card credit household service,bank card company credit householdcard credit debt help paycard college credit debt studentaccept credit card paymentdebt reduction credit card consolodationaccept card credit online payment,accept credit card payment onlineapplication? card credit secured ?,canadian secured credit card,secured credit cardcard consolidation credit debt programcard consolidate credit debtcard consolidation credit debt keywordmajor credit card companybest cash back credit card0 balance transfer credit cardbest rate and deal credit card,best credit card rateapply bad card credit creditcard credit debt eliminate heritage,eliminate credit card debt,calculator card credit debt eliminatebalance card credit introductory transfercard consolidation credit non profitzero apr credit card,zero percent apr credit cardcard credit debt elimination informationinstant approval uk credit cardcard credit discover payment,discover credit card payment centeraccount card credit merchantamerican black card credit expresscard chase credit online paymentbuy prepaid credit cardcard credit gateway paymentcard consolidation counseling credit debt texas,card card consolidation counseling credit credit debt,credit card counseling debt consolidationfree pcs ringtones sprintfree info phone remember ringtones sprint,info phone remember ringtones,info phone remember ringtones sentdownload info real remember ringtones,download free info remember ringtones,download info remember ringtonesdownload free real ringtones for tmobile,download free motorola ringtones,free ringtonesphone ringtones sprint by simply doing what we do. Get ready, world!

Fundraising

It's a bit unfortunate, in a way, that the second post in the history of the blog must have the title it does. Symbolically, the music comes first, as it always does in real life. Following close behind, however, comes concerns about money. A Far Cry exists for a number of reasons. It exists to show the world a new kind of music-making. It exists to demonstrate the power of collaboration and the power of real, profound communication. The musicians of A Far Cry are, for the time being, donating literally thousands of hours and thousands of dollars to help get this thing off the ground. But boy, we could use a little help. There are serious expenses associated with even our modest three-concert inaugural series: music rental, hall rental, and transportation, and we are also facing significant start-up costs in terms of incorporation fees, legal fees, demo recording fees, and dozens of other little things. To get to the point, we aim to perform for all people, no matter their socio-economic situation, but if you have heard us, and if you support the idea behind this endeavor, and you can spare a couple bucks, please give some consideration to becoming a supporter of A Far Cry, and a supporter of the next generation of superb uplifting cultural experience. It's easy - you can donate securely by web by clicking below, or to the right.