Erica Goes to UK Prince Conference

$1,215 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 1 month
Erica Thompson  COLUMBUS, OH
Dear friends, family and fellow purple hippies:

I have been selected to present at "Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince" at the University of Salford in Manchester, England!

During the conference, which takes place May 24-26, scholars will discuss Prince within multiple contexts, from sound and performance to gender and sexuality.

I will present my master's thesis on Prince's spiritual journey and the spiritual themes in his music. As many of you know, I am in the process of turning my thesis into a book.  My agent is currently pitching my work to publishers, but this conference will provide more exposure and thus increase my chances of getting published.

(Get a sneak peek at all the cool interviews I've done so far.)

Getting this opportunity is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career. I love being a journalist, but it's a very modest lifestyle. That's why I'm asking for donations in any amount (even $1 helps) for travel expenses. 

I expect this campaign will appeal to:

1) People who have followed me throughout the years as I've dedicated my life to this research and just want to be supportive.

2) People who love Prince and want to further academic research on the artist.

I will be sure to share pictures and video from the conference (Prince's former guitarist Dez Dickerson will be there). I can't guarantee how many copies of my book will be printed after publication, but I would expect to be able to give the highest bidder a free copy (provided there isn't a tie). =)

Please follow my journey at apurpledayindecember.com.

Thank you for your support!

May u live 2 see the dawn.

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Posted by Erica Thompson
18 days ago
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I'm happy to report that I've reached over $1,000 in donations! I'm just a few hundred dollars from the halfway mark. Once again, thank you to everyone who chipped in so far. I've transcribed some new interviews for the Prince book. Head over to apurpledayindecember.com to read summaries of my chats with Prince's former press agent Robyn Riggs and former PRN Productions General Manager Karen Krattinger. (Bonus points for anyone who can tell me where I got the phrase "a purple day in December.")
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Posted by Erica Thompson
1 month ago
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Many thanks to everyone who contributed during the first week of my campaign. I can't believe I've almost reached $1,000 in donations! This is a picture of me in 2008 presenting my honors undergraduate thesis, which incorporated Prince, at Northern Kentucky University. I have been at this a looooong time lol.
NKU (2008)
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$1,215 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 1 month
Created March 14, 2017
PT
$25
Preston Tolliver
14 days ago

I do not know this beautiful young woman I see in the picture. I can only recall you as a toddler. Lol. I pray for your continued growth and development. Blessings. Cousin Tee.

JM
$25
Julia Miree
16 days ago
$20
Cassie Whitt
18 days ago
RT
$100
Ruthanne Tolliver
25 days ago

Your Gore family supports you in honor of the legacy of your Grandmother Helen. Always remember we love and wish you well. Blessings, Ruthanne and our family Aunts: Rosa, Erma, Doris and Dorothy, Uncles: Lewis and Bobby. Love to your Mother Sabrina.

$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
JM
$40
Julia M
1 month ago
DB
$100
David Bethel
1 month ago

Erica, congrats! I'm so excited for you, you've worked so hard and deserve this recognition - have an awesome time! We miss you back in Cincy :) DB

PH
$100
Patrick Hines
1 month ago

Good luck! Hope this works out for you!!!

$50
Erica Thompson
1 month ago

Grandad and uncle.

SM
$100
Sarah McElroy
1 month ago

to the never-ending pursuit of dreams and the fabulous lady who continues to chase her dream!

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