Seaprog has never been a for-profit enterprise, and our fiscal sponsorship with Shunpike cements our commitment to present the best music possible without consideration of commercial appeal.
Why are we asking for donations?
This is the time of year when many people decide how to make their charitable donations. We’d like to make the case to include Seaprog in your giving this year.
Seaprog provides a prominent showcase for musicians working in a non-mainstream musical genre that has long been underrepresented in the Pacific Northwest. The festival's focus is on the resurgent Northwest progressive-music community, augmented by some of the more adventurous national and international artists active in the genre today. Over five annual editions, Seaprog has presented more than 75 acts (comprising roughly 290 musicians) whose diverse approaches illustrate just how far progressive rock has evolved since its origins in the 1960s.
Seaprog is supported by a core committee of roughly a dozen organizers and volunteers and achieved a significant milestone in 2018 when the festival gaining federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status under the aegis of Shunpike. This allows us to accept tax-exempt donations from individuals, matching grants from area employers, and grants from arts-funding organizations, and to synergize with other regional arts entities.
Seaprog benefits a regional audience of enthusiasts at an affordable price. The festival also benefits numerous regional musicians. We're especially proud of the fact that Seaprog's roster of artists has shown significant representation from gender and ethnic communities; for example, fully 70% of main-stage acts presented by Seaprog to date have been led by or featured female performers, in a genre that's long been heavily tilted toward men.
Seaprog has no paid employees; 90% of our income from ticket and merchandise sales and donations goes directly to the festival, including paying for the bands and the venue, travel expenses, refreshments, and advertising and promotion. The other 10% goes to our financial partner Shunpike.
In 2018, 61% of our operating funds came from ticket and merchandise sales, and 39% from tax-deductible donations.
No donation is too small! Use the link below to make a donation of any amount – even $5, $10 or $25 will make a big difference in keeping the festival going for years to come. Thank you, and look for some exciting 2019 lineup announcements very soon!