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No Global Union 2010? Not Until It Gets a Kickstart

What’s our future, Milwaukee?

It’s hard to believe only five short years ago there wasn’t a FREE music festival in town where you could groove to musicians from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East at a single venue, nor a time and a place where all of Milwaukee comes together to experience the wealth of our diversity in a family-friendly environment.

Dobet Gnahore, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Mucca Pazza, 17 Hippies, and Red Baraat— all were introduced to Milwaukee at Global Union (among a few dozen other amazing international artists)!

Global Union is celebrating its fifth Anniversary. We’ll be back in Bay View’s glorious Humboldt Park on September 25 and 26, 2010. Last year, more than 10,000 people spent part of their weekend with us. We’re looking to do that again, plus some.

Unfortunately, in this economy, some of the corporate sponsors that gave us our start cannot continue the journey into 2010. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them, and we thank them greatly. However, for Global Union to continue, we need the community’s financial support.

We’ve heard from some that we’re crazy to look for new money in this economy, especially for something that some traditional sponsors consider to be a little too out of the box. Fortunately, our good friends at the NEA, the Helen Bader Foundation, 800ceoread and M&I Bank share the vision and are back on board.

Still, when it’s all said and done, we need to raise an additional $15,000 to support Global Union’s future. Over 10,000 people were at last year’s festival. Imagine what would happen if everyone contributed their fair share. Inertia, however, is a powerful force, and not everyone will step up to the plate. Consider this:

• How much do you pay to go to a summer festival? Or see a band at another venue? You get six bands at Global Union.

• How many years have you attended Global Union? Multiply the dollar amount from above to the number of years you’ve attended Global Union.

• Never been to Global Union? 2010 is your year. If Alverno Presents cannot financially sustain Global Union, this may be your last chance.

One more thing: If you help us reach our goal of $15,000, our good friends Bob and Pam Klein, Julilly Kohler, Lightburn Design, Diablos Rojos, Rishi Tea and Direct Supply will collectively match your gift. But in the Kickstarter spirit, they will fund this project ONLY IF YOU get us to our goal of $15,000. Your $15,000 becomes $30,000, but only if we make it all the way to $15,000. This isn’t horseshoes – “close enough” doesn’t count.

What’s our future, Milwaukee?

-David Ravel, Director of Alverno Presents

Want to help out? Go to the Global Union Kickstarter site, *here*   Also, anyone who pledges $50 or more and emails back the correct answers to these questions (click the link) at will be entered into a drawing to receive tickets to “Alverno Presents Acoustic Africa”.

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