BeachGlow Electronic Dance Music Concert 2012
My Current Project
This time, I’ve decided to fulfill my dream of holding a concert for a massive audience, and I’m donating the profit to a cause that’s close to me. I am producing a concert for 8,000 people and holding it at an arena near my hometown. One hundred percent of the profit I make from this concert will go to the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation), and I have an ambitious – but attainable -- goal of raising $100,000! Nationally and globally recognized talent that includes electronic DJs, mashup DJs, hip-hop artists, and pop artists will be some of the talent in the lineup. Some of these artists have conducted college tours and others have sold out arenas. The official lineup will be locked in during the coming weeks. This is a big project and a big risk for me, but I know that if anyone can do it, I can. I literally cannot sleep at night because I am so excited about – and busy working on – this event. But, I need your help on the production end of this project.
What I Need From You
As I said, there is some risk, more than I can take on alone, as a 17-year-old. So I’m hoping Indiegogo will give me the chance to take on that risk with seed money. I need to raise at least an additional $25,000 to get started on the production of this concert right now. I’m emptying my own bank account of $15,000. That, and the $25,000 will help me put deposits down.
You can help me by purchasing any one or more of the Perks I’ve outlined, or you can simply donate to this project. In either case, every little bit helps. So please do whatever you can, big or small, to help me get started on the production of this concert.
If you love electronic dance music, you’ve got to be there the night-of. So choose one of the rewards that includes a ticket to the show. If EDM is not your thing, or you just can’t make it to Trenton, NJ, on September 29th, you can still buy one of the Indiegogo Perks shown here. Either way, it's going to be a spectacular night -- one you will want to be a part of!
Dane Kunkel Bio
I am a professional DJ and concert producer from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have produced, and performed at, numerous electronic dance music parties and concerts with thousands of attendees. My performances and events have helped raise funds for various domestic and international charities. When I produce a concert, I am involved in every aspect of the project -- from lighting, sound, set design, marketing, promotion, play lists, operations, ticket sales, talent acquisition, venue, business plan development, budget, etc, right down to set-up, performance, and breakdown. I also love video, and I personally create and edit all my videos related to these projects. A few years ago, I started my own deejay business called GetKunked Productions, and most recently I started a spin-off for my fundraising projects I call BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity.
Outside of the concert arena, I'm a 17-year-old Honor student going into my senior year at The Pennington School, in Pennington, New Jersey. I'm a serious student (I was inducted into the National Honor Society, and the French Honor Society as a junior), and I try to be a leader on campus (I've been a class rep, and a student mentor to underclassmen -- most recently in the competitive Junior Proctor program). I've been a member of a few clubs (community service, chess, math). I'm on Pennington's soccer and track teams, and I’m a coaching assistant/mentor for a younger boys' community travel soccer team.
A nerve injury at age 14 shifted my solitary focus on soccer and track to a newly discovered passion for music and deejaying, when it became apparent that I would no longer be able to pursue sports in the same capacity. It was a hard reality to swallow, but by the time it really set in, my love for this new interest was enormous. It's something I may never have uncovered if the events hadn't played out the way they did, so in a way, I'm grateful.
I am highly motivated, with big ambitions. I'm busy beginning the college process this summer and working full-time on my newest BeachGlow project (as well as taking every paying deejay job I can get to give me some spending money!). I would love to continue down this path, beyond high school and college. In my perfect world, when I grow up, I will be involved, in some way, in the business end of entertainment and/or fundraising. Nothing will stop me. I can't wait!