Help TheyFolk Sing Again!

In 2020, TheyFolk was a baby platform that hosted a ton of donation-only livestream shows for artists across Canada and the UK. Not only did we have a team of volunteers that worked for weeks to make this possible, they did so while facing displacement, Covid, the uncertainty of the music industry, and all the stresses that came with that.

Now, nearing 2023, we’ve been ready to come back for sometime — with one persistent obstacle; Every person we know has been hugely impacted by Covid and the last three years, and we need a bit of financial help to get going again.

This GoFundMe’s goal is to help build a budget with which to hire a committed person to focus on helping TheyFolk start singing again. This individual will help the founding members of TheyFolk to adapt our initial goals and make them more intersectionally inclusive, accessible, and safe for people for marginalised groups.

What we’re asking for is donations, shares, or using word of mouth to help us meet our fundraising goal.
What our goal covers:
- A living wage based on our base city, paid as a salary for 1 year, for one committed person to focus on day-to-day operations and breathe life back into TheyFolk activities. This person will be supported through volunteer efforts from the founder.
- Approximately $1000 per month to go towards supplies, including space rental and/or utilities for TheyFolk operations.

Any excess fundraising will go into:
- Hiring additional part-time staff at an hourly living wage, for the purpose of supporting day-to-day operations and TheyFolk activities.
- Saving for the purchase of a permanent building, land, or space, which can be dedicated and improved to suit our accessibility needs.

TheyFolk goals include:
- Regular live-streamed performances from gender-diverse lineups.
- Free and/or pay-what-you-can options for workshops and mentorship for IBPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and those experiencing hardship.
- Writing reviews and feedback for submissions of all traditional art mediums with a storytelling focus: ie. poetry, prose, music.
- Creating a centralised marketing service for jewellery and art, and encouraging creators to list their items to their benefit.
- Creation of a TheyFolk Basics workshop for teaching music teachers and program facilitators about anti-racism, anti-colonialism, gender, and more.
- Finding a space to suit our physical needs, with room for growth.
- The creation of online / in-person workshop events to facilitate creative activities during the ongoing Covid pandemic.
- Organising regular, online group or solo lessons for music and/or singing. This will be facilitated by listing existing music teachers on our website, after teachers complete TheyFolk training.

Again, if you’re unable to donate financially, that’s okay. We completely understand. Instead, feel free to share by message, e-mail, postcard, carrier pigeon, or cipher (with key, please). Every share helps.

With gratitude,

The TheyFolk Founding Team


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Ariana Brophy
Edmonton, AB

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