Crowdsourcing success for The Banjo Project

The Banjo ProjectWe’ve been bringing you news of The Banjo Project for some time now. Most recently we reported that the production was in need of funding to complete the editing process. Emmy winning producer Marc Fields took to the digital streets to raise the needed funds, launching a campaign on with the goal of raising $25,000 by January 23, 2011.

That goal has already been surpassed. With 19 days left in the campaign, the project has raised just over $31,000 to date. The original figure of $25K was needed to cover editing and finishing expenses. Additional funds beyond that number will be useful for several reasons.

“Give me the banjo…” wrote Mark Twain, and you did! But don’t stop the music just yet. We are trying to get as many backers as possible to make a more persuasive argument to potential broadcasters. A bigger budget will make it possible to include more and higher quality archival film footage, historic recordings and stills and to license them for home video and film festivals. It means a more comprehensive and higher quality program, an even better showcase for the banjo’s history.

If you haven’t made a contribution yet, there is still time, and you may rest assured that your donation will be used to bring the story of the banjo to more eyes and ears than would otherwise be possible.

Narrated by Steve Martin, THE BANJO PROJECT is a 90-minute documentary about America’s quintessential musical instrument from its African roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary masters such as Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck, Ralph Stanley, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the late Mike Seeger, as well as leading music historians, builders and collectors.

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