OEB SXSW 2014 Donator Packages Officially Open!
My first time at SXSW was a trip, but I can’t say it was very successful. With about 4-5 artists I had circled on the roster, so large I never even read through the whole thing, most of my Austin week was spent wandering around 6th Street, overwhelmed by lines, sounds and options. The next year I decided to be a little more prepared and took a suggestion that I track the progress online.
Five years later, Operation Every Band has become a major resource for SXSW devotees across the globe, as well as music fans just looking for their new favorite bands. Last year, I took this a step forward with Donator Packages, a way to fund the OEB operation both before and within the confines of the Conference and reward our donators with something that’s frankly pretty sweet.
The OEB Donator Packages are spearheaded by the OEB SXSW Grids, detailing the best options by showcase/day party, including time, OEB Rating and a Popularity Index, an answer to the question of how crowded the show is expected to be (read: Will There Be a Line?). Printed as a foldout with a hard card (like you would get at Bonnaroo or Coachella) for each day, this is our bible on the ground, better than any digital app/site we could find. But that’s not all…
- $10+ Donators – Access to the online SXSW Grids, a series of spreadsheets that you can print yourself for each day or keep on your phone.
- $20+ Donators – This will get you the full OEB SXSW Package. There’s a decent cost to the whole thing, so we needed to keep the level at $20 for the physical packages. See a pic above, but this will have the OEB Mix Tape (an exclusive CD of our SXSW top pics), CDs/downloads donated from SXSW artists, and a bunch of unexpected SXSW/OEB-related goodies. It’s like those monthly Music Boxes, but on steroids.
- $50+ Donators – You’ll get the whole OEB SXSW package plus an exclusive OEB T-Shirt to rock faces down in Austin with.
- $100+ Donators – We’ll love you forever (and everything above). ***blushes***
I’ll let you know when we hit our limit for physical boxes, but when you are ready to go, go to Operation Every Band and click the “Donate” button on the left. I get an email and will confirm you are ‘on the list’ as well as a preferred address. Some folks prefer me to deliver to their hotels, which is a great way to check in to Austin in March!
Kevin, Alison, Lucas & Nate