How The Campaign Works:
Artists of all mediums are welcome to submit digital samples of their work to be considered for the fundraising campaign. Selected designs will then be reproduced on merchandise which may include t-shirts, sweatshirts, framed prints, canvas prints, mugs, stickers, postcards, and notebooks. These products will then be sold in the AudioKush webstore and will be available in a range of price options, making this art accessible and affordable to all. Each artist (wishing to be included) will also have the opportunity to tell their personal story or that of their artwork in either an interview or written blog format. These stories will be published online and promoted alongside the merchandise, giving a sense of identity to those behind the designs. When possible, artist stories will also be included with merchandise purchases during the campaign.
Direct donations to the campaign will also be accepted and will be 100% counted towards the donation total alongside the profits from merchandise sales.
Where Will Profits Go?
All profits generated from the sales of these campaign items will be donated to a well-researched and well-respected organization working to bring aid to the community. For the pride month campaign, this typically would involve a national or international LGBTQ+ organization. For this particular edition however, we will be accepting community nominations for legitimate LGBTQ+ affiliated businesses, services, and community organizations in need.
“The logic behind this move comes after much thought about the large proportion of businesses and organizations currently struggling due to the ongoing global pandemic. Big name organizations are generally more likely to get the resources and donations they need to help their communities since there is more awareness of them to potential donors. Often during times of mass struggle, small organizations with the potential to be just as valuable to the community have a tendency to be overlooked. Because of this, it seems prudent to open this opportunity to organizations we may be unfamiliar with, so they are not excluded from an opportunity to receive needed support.” Organizations and consumers of community services seeking nomination for a chance to receive the profits from the fundraiser may apply for consideration on AudioKush HQ until Monday June 28, 2021. After the June 28 deadline for submissions, these organizations will be carefully researched and evaluated for legitimacy. Approved nominations will then be up to the vote of the general public from July 1 – July 15, 2021, with the winner announced on July 16, 2021.