AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continue commitment both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.
We are extraordinarily fortunate that our community embraces the arts so passionately, and that festival donors and sponsors have chosen to support An Appalachian Summer Festival so generously. This loyal annual support is the critical element in sustaining the artistic quality of the festival, enabling it to thrive for over three decades.
Generous support from our sponsors, along with generous individual supporters, enables the festival to present diverse artistic programming and continue to grow each year. We wish to thank the corporate and media sponsors that proudly support An Appalachian Summer Festival!
2019 Corporate Sponsors
2019 Media Sponsors
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Sponsorships are good business.
Corporate sponsorships are good business. As a sponsor of An Appalachian Summer Festival, your company will realize tangible marketing benefits in return for your sponsorship investment, while supporting one of the premier arts programs in the Southeastern U.S. and positioning your company as a partner with one of the region’s most highly attended public events. Sponsorship opportunities begin at the $5,000 level, with benefits accruing as the level of sponsorship increases. Regardless of the sponsorship level you select, the festival’s staff will be pleased to work with you in creating an integrated sponsorship program designed to meet your company’s unique marketing objectives.
High Visibility. Promotion. Hospitality.
Our highly diverse audience of 27,000 makes us the ideal partner in reaching specific target markets. Among the benefits available to corporate sponsors include:
We’re Prosperous, Dynamic and Growing…
In recent years, the festival has experienced growth in every aspect of its operations, including ticket sales, attendance, corporate sponsorships and individual giving.
As with most arts patrons, festival audiences comprise an important demographic profile: our typical audience member is age 45+, upper middle income, and well educated. Festival audiences are informed consumers, who support businesses that are committed to the arts in their communities.
A Track Record in the Corporate Community.
In polls conducted by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, a festival sponsor for the past ten years, 97-100% of its customers surveyed have voiced support for the company’s continued sponsorship of An Appalachian Summer Festival.
Detailed below are specific benefits associated with each of the corporate sponsorship levels offered by An Appalachian Summer Festival.
I. Festival Underwriter
$5,000 level: General support of festival performances
II. Single Event Sponsor
$10,000 level: Sponsorship of a large-venue festival performance at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts (or a special event in another venue)
III. Performance Series Sponsor
$20,000 - $49,000 level (depending on artists and series selected)
Sponsorship of selected performances, as part of a series
IV. Lead Sponsor
$50,000+ (depending on artists and series selected);
Sponsorship of selected performances, as part of a series
For more information on how your company can become involved with An Appalachian Summer Festival, please contact:
Denise Ringler, Director, ASU Office of Arts and Cultural Programs
828.262.6084, ext. 103; firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continued commitment both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.
Your 2019 gift may be received anytime through September 30, 2019. To be recognized in the 2019 festival playbill, we must receive your gift or pledge by May 15, 2019.
Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 and up)
Artists' Circle ($6,000-$9,999)
Bravo! Circle ($3,000-$5,999)
Benefactors' Circle ($1,200-$2,999)
Member (Up to $124)
*Ticket premium may apply
Providing long-term financial security for the festival means creating a strong endowment. We need festival patrons to step forward by making a current gift, or a planned gift, to ensure the continuation of programming our audience values. Gifts may be specifically targeted to the area of programming you wish to support, and can also carry the name of the donor(s), or be designated in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. To learn more about endowment opportunities, please call Denise Ringler at 828-262-6084, ext. 103.
An Appalachian Summer Festival deeply appreciates the support of its contributors. This list reflects contributions and pledges made solely to An Appalachian Summer Festival Annual Campaign from October 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. Please note that this list does not include gifts to other areas within Appalachian State University.
Premier Sponsors ($100,000 and above)
Lead Sponsors ($50,000 and above)
Festival Sponsors ($25,000 and above)
Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 to $24,999)
Artist's Circle ($6,000 to $9,999)
Bravo! Circle ($3,000 to $5,999)
Benefactor's Circle ($1,200 to $2,999)
Patrons ($600 to $1,199)
Contributors ($300 to $599)
Friends ($125 to $299)
Members (up to $124)
*Friends of An Appalachian Summer Festival
The following endowments have been established in support of An Appalachian Summer Festival and other cultural programs at Appalachian State University. Each of these endowments generates significant income each year, which supports the festival's annual operations or donor-designated programs. We acknowledge with deep gratitude the individuals and organizations listed below for establishing these legacies of vision and generosity.
The Muriel and Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts
The Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming
The Martin and Doris Rosen Foundation Endowment
The Bob and Lillian Turchin Endowment for the Arts
An Appalachian Summer Festival Outreach Endowment
An Appalachian Summer Festival Unrestricted Endowment
The Satie Hunt Broyhill Endowment for the Performing Arts
The Halpert Endowment for the Visual Arts
The Mast Store Heritage Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival
The Friedman Family Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival