The Harmonium Project

We are restoring a historic building into a music center that that will serve as a source for economic and cultural growth in downtown Steubenville.
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Marc Barnes
Music
Steubenville, Ohio
United States
5 Team Members

This is us.

We are Marc Barnes, Joseph Antoniello, Emilio Marquez, Samantha McCoy, Patrick Walters and Matthew Seal, students and entrepreneurs.

The Lowdown

We need your help. Our home, Steubenville Ohio, is suffering from economic and cultural depression. We can change this. The Harmonium Project aims to be a source of revitalization in two ways: 


1. We will turn the ballroom of this historic building in the heart of downtown Steubenville...

...into a music venue, and work to create a thriving "music scene" in our city.  

Bringing incredible musicians will bring people with spending money -- especially college kids from the nearby universities -- into the impoverished downtown. By introducing this new, young market, we will inspire business leaders to invest in the downtown area, creating new businesses, new jobs -- and ultimately a flourishing "college town."           

2. We will turn the second floor apartments of our building into an after-school music center for at-risk youth. Through your help, we will provide free music lessons, instruments, band rooms and performance opportunities to kids who otherwise may never be able to afford them. By giving kids a safe, creative environment off the streets, and by inspiring them with a love for artistic creation, we hope to cut short cycles of gang activity, drug use and violence.    

Your generous donation will help better lives, improve a city, and build a culture centered in the arts.           

What We Need

We need 250,000. Our needs are ordered as follows:

We need it to continue renovating our building, and ultimately to purchase it at a price of 100,000 dollars.

We need it to purchase speakers, monitors, subwoofers, a soundboard, lights -- everything necessary to begin functioning as a music venue.

We need it for licensing fees -- we aim to become a certified child-care provider. 

Already, many Franciscan University students have donated used instruments. For those instruments that we still need, however, we need your donation.  

Already, many students have volunteered their time and talent to serve as music teachers. For those lessons we cannot cover via volunteers, however, we need your donation, so that we can subsidize lessons from local music teachers.

We need it to have some initial capital to begin booking and hosting incredible musicians in downtown Steubenville, to begin the work of creating a thriving music scene.

Any money we do not use for these purposes will be used to facilitate the "snowball effect" The Harmonium Project intends to have in downtown Steubenville: We will contribute to businesses and organizations "opening up shop" in the downtown area.

What You Get

A chance to change the world. Also, some really sweet perks, listed on the right.        

Other Ways You Can Help

We know not everyone can help fund our project. But you can still help! Spread this like the plague, if ever the plague helped the poor and brought hope and love to a city. You know what, bad comparison. Just share this page with all your friends on social media. Bug your rich friends with it. And if you're ever in Steubenville Ohio, come lend a hand! There's always more painting to do!

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$32,542USD
raised by 403 people in 1 month
13% funded
No time left
$250,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 27, 2014
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  • $1USD
    The Pocket Change

    If we ever meet you, you are obligated to one warm, inviting embrace.

    8 claimed
  • $5USD
    The Allowance

    You're awesome. You get a personal thank you note from our team.

    25 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $10USD
    The Downloadable Spark

    A download code of the album "The Spark" by Kevin Heider delivered hot and fresh to your email address.

    15 out of 15 claimed
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    $10USD
    The Downloadable Revolution

    A download code of the album "The Salzburg Revolution" by Kevin Heider delivered hot and fresh to your email address.

    15 out of 15 claimed
  • $15USD
    The Ticket Master

    Get a free ticket to any Harmonium Project concert. Wave it in front of your friend's face as a means of promotion.

    26 claimed
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    $20USD
    The New Folk

    Get the Upcoming Top-Secret, Super-Confidential, Brothers Kaschak studio album. Guaranteed to give you tingles.

    30 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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    $20USD
    The Hands In The Land

    A beautiful EP from singer/songwriter Alanna Boudreau.

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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    $30USD
    White Lighter

    Kindly donate, and we'll mail you a CD copy of Typhoon's "White Lighter," which is our personal pick for best album, ever.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    The Ticket Guru

    For the discerning mind. Get 3 free tickets to any Harmonium Project concerts you choose.

    30 claimed
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    $100USD
    White Lighter (vinyl)

    Kindly donate, and we'll mail you a vinyl copy of Typhoon's "White Lighter" -- you dirty hipster, you -- which is our personal pick for best album, ever.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $250USD
    The Coffee Table

    We will send a beautiful coffee table book on the making of The Harmonium Project.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $500USD
    The Post

    This perk gets you a blog post by Marc Barnes, author of BadCatholic, on a topic of your choice. Marc reserves the right to reject topic suggestions he finds too ridiculous.

    5 out of 25 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Year of the Gig

    You get free tickets to any and every Harmonium project concert for the first year of its music venue's operations.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $2,500USD
    The Benedict

    An oil painting of Pope Emeritus Benedict by fine artist Troy Edkins. Unfinished: http://bit.ly/1hmi0ix

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $2,500USD
    The Theresa

    An oil painting of Mother Theresa by fine artist Troy Edkins. Unfinished: bit.ly/JOk6c3

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $5,000USD
    The Honorarium

    We will name a room in our music center after you, complete with a fancy-schmancy plaque, and we'll mail you that coffee-table book.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10,000USD
    The VIP

    You get free tickets to every Harmonium Project show ever, for the rest of your life. Your name will be part of the stationary we use for guest lists.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25,000USD
    The VVVIP

    You get free tickets to every Harmonium Project show ever, for the rest of your life. You get the coffee-table book, the albums, the blog post, the thank-you letter, and -- if you so desire -- a chance to talk to the entire Harmonium team, to give us your input.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $250,000USD
    The Miracle

    There is nothing we can give you to express the fact that we are all sobbing with joy and gratitude. You are probably Santa.

    0 claimed
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