Bridgin Gaps Festival

$2,415 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 29 months
Justice Born
on behalf of Justin Morley

What started as a free concert at Salem Willows Family Park in Salem, MA organized by a group of homeless people has been developed over 6 years into a 2 day festival called Bridgin Gaps. Each year celebrating the arts and great work of local non profit organizations that are making an impact in the community.  

Justin "Justice Born" Morley, the Founder of Wreck Shop Movement was among that group of homeless people and has since been the main Organizer of the festival.  Presenting sponsor 4 Life Ent ( will be providing to quality sound and lighting.

(EMS performing 2015)

Performances range from local and non local recording artists, live bands, visual artists, dance groups, poets and other performance styles including martial arts and skateboarding demonstrations and more.

( Graffiti Art Mural by Duck. Photo credit: Jennifer Lawless)
(D Ruff Performing. Photo credit: Jennifer Lawless)
(Jessie Nocella performing.  Photo credit: Jennifer Lawless)

(Art by Mutt)

(Video credit: Ryan Mills)


At the Bridgin Gaps festival we use the power of music, art and good vibes to draw crowds to enrich lives and connect people with resources, information and opportunities in an atmosphere that's rich in inspiration.

We invited several local non profit organizations, grassroots groups, community leaders and legislators working towards making our world a better place for almost everyone so they can come to connect with our audience.  It's our hope that people will become more informed about important issues that affect us all and be inspired to make better decisions and even be pro-active in organizing for these changes we want to see.

It's an election year and it's every American citizens' right to vote and participate in local government and know who's governing.  Casting a vote for or against laws and ordinances and electing your local government officials or to run for office yourself is empowering. It's a power of the people that 's not being tapped in to by enough people so we're encouraging everyone to register to vote at the New Lynn Coalition ( table on site.

We will be hiring local homeless people to distribute flyers while inviting people to come with their families, put up posters and help out at the festival. Although it's only temporary work for now, promotions and networking leads to new connections and opportunities. It will also give some of them something positive to do and feel good about. 

Participating Non Profit Organizations for 2017:

This crowdfunding campaign is not for the following organizations but they will have an exibition booth at the festival and will accept donations on behalf of their organizations.

Mass Campaign for Jobs Not Jails

Salem No Place for Hate Committee

Timmys Angels

Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts



One Community One Voice 

North Shore Connections 

Big Sisters of Boston

Foodies Without Borders 

Centerboard & Family Resource Center 

Authentic Caribbean Foundation

North American Indian Center of Boston

Somali Bantu of Boston

The Haven Project 

Bosnian Community Center for Resource Development

Sisters In Charge Inc 

Climate Creatives 

North East ARC

Together North Shore

Raise Up

New Lynn Coalition

Mass Recreational Consumer Council 



-Operating Costs & Staffing (sound, lighting, materials for murals, safety, police details, insurance)
-Artist Compensation (Every artist who touches the stage will get paid)
-Marketing & Promotions 


We started this crowfunding campaign for these main 3 purposes;

1. To  encourage people to support the arts, artists, community initiatives as well as entrepreneurs through crowdfunding. 

2. To build up a wave of awareness and support for artists and local organizations in Massachusetts leading up to the festival.

3. To create entry level temp jobs for homeless people in event staffing and flier distribution at a rate of $100 per day.

Any amount exceeding the $25K goal Justice will use to personally interview and hire homeless people to distribute fliers promoting the festival. They will also be given Bridgin Gaps T shirts to wear and will be connected to more resources to help them get back on their feet.


Besides making the festival better every year at Salem Willows Family Park in Salem one of the goals is to bring Brigin Gaps to Lynn on the water front and ultimately purchase a building in Lynn to transform into a performance venue and community hub for entertainment.  However, that's a separate business plan.  For now the focus is on the festival.

We are calling on Massachusetts residents including but not limited to journalists, reporters, community leaders, activists and elected officials to support this initiative through donations, attendance, articles or shares on social media!

North Shore Workers Community Fund is our fiscal sponsor for donations received outside of this crowfunding campaign. Checks or money orders can be made out to them with #BridginGaps on the memo and be mailed to 112 Exchange St Lynn MA 01901

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August 5th, 2017

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Major News!

We recently received a $5000 grant from Eastern Bank! That grant will be processed through our fiscal agent North Shore Workers Community Fund which is a 501 c non profit organization.
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Checks or money orders can be made out to North Shore Workers Community Fund with #BridginGaps written in the memo.

Mail to: 112 Exchange St Lynn MA

Your donations are tax deductible!
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New Lynn Coalition has agreed to be our fiscal sponsor!

Donations can be made out to them with #BridginGaps written in the memo. Donations are tax deductible!
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$2,415 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 29 months
Created March 21, 2017
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Alexander Cuevas
24 months ago

Thank you for all your work bro!

Dave Somerset
24 months ago

Great work "Wreckshop - Movement!"

Al Wilson
24 months ago
Chris Everson
24 months ago

Glad to contribute to a great cause

North Shore Connections Inc
24 months ago
michael satterwhite
24 months ago
Danielle Bucknam
24 months ago
Joe Mulligan
24 months ago
Marjorie St Paul
24 months ago

give because you are part of the solution.

Marjorie StPaul
24 months ago

for community, for art, for justice

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