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Non-profit, two day metal festival in support of Kiva.org. 100% of profits are going to assist entrepreneurs around the world to lift themselves out of poverty.
Matt Day
Toronto, Ontario
11 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Kiva Microfunds, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

Halifax - August 24/25

Toronto - September 7/8




Before We Begin:

-Crowd funding revenue will cover festival expenses for all STM Festivals (Toronto and Halifax, with several more cities in the works) and so if the goal is reached, then 100% of ticket sales from each festival will go to their individual causes.

-Share the project through your band's Facebook page or Twitter etc and offer up signed albums or records to fans! Your band gets the royalties, and the rest of the money from the perk goes to Kiva.

-When ordering perks for yourselves, make sure to include a comment which states which album you'd like to get signed, etc.

-Everything extra that is raised through this crowd funding campaign will go directly to Kiva to support entrepreneurs around the world.

Short Summary

Record labels have earned your contempt for decades. Not all of them are leeches, and some definitely have a real commitment to music, but Spread the Metal Records believes we can be doing even more. 

I'm Matt Day, and I run STM Records. I believe that bands should be evenly compensated for their hard work, and that businesses can do a better job of giving what they have, in order to assist the less fortunate.

Last year, I started a metal festival with the idea that 100% of profits (revenue after expenses) would be given to a non-profit organization. This year, I have two; one in Toronto and the other in Halifax.

Profits from the Halifax show will be going to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and profits from the Toronto show will be going to Kiva.

New cities all around the world will host Spread the Metal Festivals soon too!!!

Kiva is quickly becoming one of my favorite organizations. Loans administered through Kiva go directly to entrepreneurs around the world in order to give them a fighting chance.

Alleviating poverty is not going to be the result of a quick fix. We have to fix the underlying problems facing our world, and Kiva is one of the organizations that is out there doing it.

They can explain it better here:


Spread the Metal Records fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. We are transparent in all our business dealings and everyone gets straight answers from us. We have nothing to hide.

***I would like to take this opportunity to state that once, we fell through on our commitment to reliability and trust. It wasn't intentional, and I won't go into detail, but we let one of our former bands down. This is our public apology. They are Unleash the Archers, from BC, Canada, and we urge you to check out their incredible music here:


Now...back to saving the world!!!

What We Need & What You Get

Putting on a metal festival is crazy expensive. Even more so if you want to bring in quality headliners, which we will obviously be doing!








That's a pretty sick lineup, and all these bands need/deserve to be paid. But there's not only the band guarantees, there are also promotional costs, venue rentals, backline set-up, hospitality riders, and more.

We could cover all these costs with good ticket sales, but then hardly anything would be left over to donate to Kiva. And after all, that's kind of the point here, eh?

As well, we believe so strongly in what Kiva is doing, that we want to hand over more money than we EVER could by only relying on profits from ticket sales. Crowd funding has given us the opportunity to reach out to the internet community and make a real difference in people's lives.  

That being said, we want to give people a REASON to contribute, besides that warm, fuzzy feeling that I always get when helping people. That's where these great perks come in!

We're giving away signed albums and set lists from all the headliners, guitar picks, signed tee shirts from the bands, free digital album downloads, invitations to the sound check, and so much more! You even get the chance to punch a record label executive as hard as you'd like!!!

I'm going to be the one volunteering his body for that one! You get up on stage, and wale on me with boxing gloves in payback for what record labels have done!

NOTE ON SHIPPING: If you're planning on coming to the festival, we'll arrange to have your signed albums and such waiting for you. That saves us some shipping costs that would have otherwise come out of Kiva's pockets. The less money we spend like that, the more goes towards the cause.

There is a full budget outlined below to show you exactly where your money is going!

The Impact

This is what I, Matt Day, have dedicated my life to doing. Helping people to rise from the conditions in which they find themselves and create a better life for themselves and their families.

There are certain things that upset me. For example, just 1% of what the governments of the world spend on their militaries, is enough to put every child ON EARTH, into school.

There are something like 18 million empty houses in America, and only 5 million homeless people. Education and Health Care should be free but they're ridiculously expensive.

A staggering number of people are persecuted based on things like skin color, who they choose to marry, and other inconsequential shit.

Allow me to clear something up right now. It is the official position of myself and STM Records, that everyone has the right to be happy. If people spent more time looking for love, instead of judging the people who have already found it, I think we'd be a lot better off.

I could go on and on. I really could. But let's bring this back to Kiva. It is an INCREDIBLE organization, and they strengthen communities all over the world. They've given out more than 400 million dollars in small business loans in 67 countries, with a 99% repayment rate!

Their loan recipients are all people in struggling economies and countries where it would be otherwise impossible for them to get the financial help that they so desperately need.

That's where Kiva comes in! Another one of my favorite organizations is Doctors Without Borders. You can find out more about them here:


Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't make it to the festival, or can't contribute to the campaign, no worries! Thank you for even reading down this far! That being said, there is so much you can do to help us get the message out and save lives. Tell others!!! With all the social networking and ways we can now connect with one another, by sharing this page, you are reaching places we would never be able to reach.

The Budget

Spread the Metal Records believes in total transparency, in an industry where that is virtually non-existent. Fans deserve to know where their money is going and how it actually helps the people that we are claiming to help.

We are set up for flex funding, so even if we don't reach our goal, the money raised will still go towards costs. Any and all remaining profits from the festival will go to the non-profit organizations.

Total Estimated Costs:

Venue Rental Fees = $12,000

Publicity and Promotion = $4,000

Hospitality Riders = $2,000

Event Insurance: $3,000

Festival Staff = $5,000

Band Guarantees = $40,000

Backline and Production = $6,000

To a Savings Account for Next Year's Festivals: $50,000

Other STM Festivals around the world: $62,500

GRAND TOTAL = $184,500

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of you may have noticed that Kiva loans are repaid to the person/company making the donation. So theoretically, we could donate all the money, have it repaid to us and then just keep it. Although tempting, this is NOT what will be happening. When these loans are paid off, and the money comes back to STM Records, we will reinvest it into NEW Kiva loans, and help out even more people. This will continue until poverty is eliminated or until Kerry King becomes Pope.

Got any questions? Email us at info@spreadthemetal.com and we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible!

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  • $3USD
    For Those About to Rock...

    We salute you! We can't thank you enough for helping us out and saving some lives with us. There are some incredible perks ahead, but smaller donations mean everything to us as well and will add up to a huge difference. You will receive our humblest appreciation and gratitude on the STM website and Facebook page in the form of an official "Thank You" and a free song download from any band at the festival that you'd like.

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  • $10USD
    Just Getting Started

    This is just the beginning. It's fairly simple, you get your name on the offical STM website and Facebook page in the form of a "thank you" as well as a free download of three songs of your choice by any band you'd like. May we suggest power thrashers Edge of Attack? Heavier? Check out the new Suffocation album, Pinnacle of Bedlam!

    1 claimed
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  • $13USD
    Must be 19 years of age!

    The boys in Crimson Shadows can drink. And they want to buy YOU one! But they are not alone. Any support band at the festival will buy you a beer, and drink with you! You also get a digital download of their album to go with it! That goes for everyone except SUFFOCATION, THE AGONIST, AUGURY and SKULL FIST, and any extra headliner we may add later. But there are perks below where you can chill with them too!

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  • $15USD
    Pick Band. Get Signed Album.

    We have some incredible bands who aren't even performing at the festivals but are still signing albums for the cause. It's pretty easy to tell who they are, as they will be posting on FB/Twitter about their participation. This is also where you can 'vote' for which bands you'd like to win the Battle of the Bands for both festivals. Simply add their name to the comments section to vote! We'll then hook you up with their album. Signed, sealed, and delivered.

    2 claimed
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  • $35USD
    Signed Vinyl Records

    Same deal as above. Band XYZ promoted the crowd-funding initiative on FB? Then write in their name when ordering this perk and receive the signed vinyl album of your choice from that band. Royalties go to the band for their recording, and the rest of your contribution goes to the non-profit organizations! Some POSSIBLE exceptions and/or limits might be announced, but this is how it's going to work for now. Email us any time with questions!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $40USD
    Save a Life

    Kiva is one of the organizations that we're supporting this year. They fund small businesses in struggling economies worldwide and literally save the lives of the people that those businesses affect. So with this perk, you'll get a $25 loan to Kiva placed in your name, an official "thank you", and just to prove we haven't gone soft...a free digital album download from melodic death metal masters, Fallen Joy!

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  • $45USD
    The Good Stuff

    Hoo-rah. This is where it gets interesting for you music lovers. You like signed albums and guitar picks? Well with this perk, you get a signed album from the headliner (or any other band at the fest) of your choice, a guitar pick from your favorite headliner, an official "thank you", as well as a free album download from Israeli death metal/grind-core heavy-hitters, Whorecore!

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  • $125USD
    Come On Over. We Have Metal.

    We take a strong moral stance against service fees and waiting in line. So with this perk, you get a ticket to the festival, along with other cool stuff. Things like a signed album from the headliner of your choice (or any other band performing at the festival), a signed set list (again, from whoever you'd like who is at the festival), an official "thank you" from STM Records and a guitar pick from your favorite headliner! And you will also literally be saving lives. 'Nuff said.

    2 out of 500 claimed
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  • $150USD
    VIP Experience

    With this perk, you get your chance to head backstage and meet your favorite headliners at the festival. They'll sign anything you'd like, share some stories or a beer. All for the cause! Tell us who you're coming to see, and what you'd like them to sign. The album itself comes with this perk, as well as their guitar picks and drum sticks. Not only that, but they'll sign their set list and take a quick picture with you! All we ask is that you remain respectful and let them have their space!

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  • $300USD
    Come to the Sound Check!

    The name says it all...or does it? With this perk, not only will you be invited to the sound check and hooked up with a ticket to the festival, but the headliner of your choice will record an answering machine message for your phone. How cool is that? You'll also get a free digital download of the entire STM catalog! Oh yea, and signed albums and set lists from every headliner. You're welcome.

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  • $500USD
    Punch a Record Label Exec

    You hate them as much as they deserve to be hated. Well now here's your chance to get even. Matt Day from Spread the Metal Records will take the hit, quite literally. He has offered to atone for the sins of the entire record industry and for what they've been doing to artists all these years. You can punch him as hard as you'd like, on stage, with boxing gloves. Since you'll need to be at the fest, a ticket comes with this perk as well as signed albums and set lists from every headliner!

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  • $1,000USD
    What DON'T You Get?

    First of all, you'll be able to hang out with the headliner of your choice before the show and attend the sound check. We'll load you up with signed albums from all the headliners, signed set lists, digital downloads of the entire STM catalog, a ticket to the fest, guitar picks from the headliners, an official thank you, and signed shirts from every band performing at the festival!!! Do you play guitar? Bring it to the show and get it signed by a headliner! What else IS there???

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