Annual North Carolina music
fest/seminar needs a cash infusion.
By Fred Mills
Back in January we were telling you about the annual
POPAsheville fest, a multi-day-event that brought a slew of NC, SC, TN and GA
indie bands to various clubs in Asheville, NC, along with workshops and panels
(this year featured keynote speaker Dave Allen, who was rousingly received).
Kinda like a mini-SXSW or Mergefest, and indeed, a good time was had by all.
Now, according to a report in local newsweekly the Mountain Xpress, the event needs to
preemptively raise about $15,000 if it’s to continue operating into 2010. Founder
Stephanie Morgan, frontwoman of BLURT faves stephaniesid (the band is one of
our Best Kept Secrets; story here), is stepping down from her position as
POPAsheville director in order to concentrate on her group, which is doing
exceedingly well, nationally. Taking her place is Susanne Hackett, a longtime
festival associate, so they need to get together the money in order to pay
Hackett’s salary along with other operating expenses. And they need to raise
the funds by July 15.
“We know that it’s a longshot to try raise the money so
quickly,” Morgan told the newspaper. “But there are so many people who care
about it so much. We need a philanthropist or a business that’s really looking
to get its name out there.”
Anybody willing to step up, or simply offer help, contact
the organizers of POPAsheville: