Fund 2 Chip Journalists' Trip to BRKfest

$950 of $900 goal

Raised by 18 people in 51 months

Leah Oakes and Bertrand Guérin-Williams are two journalists covering the chiptune scene who live on opposite coasts in the US. They need your help to get them to BRKfest 2014 (an annual chiptune festival held in Cincinatti, Ohio which takes place from July 25-27, 2014) to bring you some awesome coverage on it!

Leah has written numerous articles for the popular Chiptunes=WIN blog including the Chip Treatment series and numerous event recaps and previews, all of which you can read here. She's from California and rarely gets to go to the numerous chiptune concerts and events along the East Coast and Midwest of the United States. She'd love to get some live coverage of the event for the blog (daily recaps and other articles), but can't afford the trip to BRK. She'd love to put her Journalism minor to work, and you can help her get that awesome content onto the internet and into your eyeholes by donating!

Bertrand Guérin-Williams is an English major from Virginia just starting to dip his toe into journalism. He's been writing chiptunes and reviewing albums for a year and is about to publish his first public review on The Waveform Generators blog on July 9. He's planned a few interviews at BRKfest (his first for Chiptunes=WIN) and would be co-hosting recaps with Leah at the festival, as well. These would be the first pieces of writing he's published and would really love the opportunity to do so!

WISH LIST: Glenn Dubois is the founder of Clipstream, a chiptune concert live-streaming website, and runs a tight ship over there. He missed last year's BRKfest due to illness, and really wants to attend to represent Clipstream. He already has plans for video interviews in place regardless of his attendance, but would love to attend the festival to host said interviews personally. If at least $300 are donated over the goal, that money will be given to Glenn to buy a plane ticket and attend the festival.

The budget breakdown looks like this:

$530 - Plane Ticket for Leah (CA > Lexington, KY)
$40 - Gas to/from Carlisle, PA for Bert
$30 - Gas to/from Carlisle, PA and Cincinatti, OH
$100 - Hotel
$200 - Misc. costs

Leah has no lodging costs, because she'll be staying with friends in Kentucky who live 45 minutes from the venue.

Bertrand will be driving to Carlisle and, from there, carpool with 3-4 other chip friends to Cincinatti and back. He'll be staying with them and 6-7 others in a hotel in Cincinatti (which costs so much because of other events going on in Cincinatti at the time).


If this campaign doesn't raise enough money for either Leah or Bertrand to get to BRKfest OR if less than $300 are donated beyond the original $900 goal, whatever money is raised will be donated to Child's Play, a charity both Leah and Bertrand chose.

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Thanks to the 17 of you who donated, Leah and I are going to BRKfest! Thank you all so much for donating, sharing, liking, retweeting. Everything you did got us to this point! Now that Leah's tickets have been purchased and both of our travel plans are set, we can finalize our coverage plans and get ready to bring you some awesome live interviews and recaps of the festival!

That said, we're still raising money to get Glenn Dubois to BRK. He needs $300 to get there, and any amount you can donate for him to get there is much appreciated!

Thank you again, you wonderful people!
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We still need $255 in order to reach our goal! Help us with this last little bit so Leah and I can get to BRKfest and get that awesome coverage into your eyeholes!

Any donations we receive help us toward our goal. $5, $10, $20; any amount helps us out greatly. Please consider donating. We'd love to make it to and cover BRKfest for you!

Also, my first review (of Auxcide's Omnia) just went up on The Waveform Generators' blog today. If you've been asking yourself "Who's this Bertrand kid, asking me for money? What's he ever done for me?", well, you can read that for yourself right here:

Those of you who have donated so far: your contributions are much appreciated! Thank you so much!
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We are almost 2/3rds the way to our goal! Please help us out by sharing these posts and donating!

Thank you for everyone that's donated and shared so far, we wouldn't have come this far without you! We need just over $300 to make our goal. We're so close!
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Thanks to 7 lovely people, we have received over half of our initial funding goal in only 2 days! You guy are wonderful for donating and sharing this page as much as you have so far, but we're not done yet! Leah and I are extremely grateful for everything given so far, but we still need that last 400 dollars for both of us to get to BRK. Keep sharing, retweeting, and otherwise telling your friends, parents, and friends' parents about this campaign! Tell random strangers!

Thank you amazing chip peeps! :D
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$950 of $900 goal

Raised by 18 people in 51 months
Created June 30, 2014
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vj tim abad
51 months ago

get some sammiches =)

Scott griffitts
51 months ago

good luck man!

Michael Hayball
51 months ago

It's not much, but every little bit helps! See you at BRKfest~

Mikee Teevee
51 months ago

Happy trails!

andrea shafer
51 months ago

I will try to donate more as soon as i have more money--- just very tight right now! Hope all goes well

Michael Bennett
51 months ago

Being a poor musician this all I can give. Your guys love for the chip is why.

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