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Waves Vienna saved by crowdfunding lifeline

The Vienna showcase festival, which lost a headline sponsor in June, has raised over £15,000 on German crowdfunding site wemakeit

By IQ on 13 Jul 2016

We are Scientists, Waves Vienna 2016, Shervin Lainez

image © Shervin Lainez

Waves Vienna, the Austrian showcase festival and conference whose future looked uncertain last month after a major 2016 sponsor pulled out, has plugged its budget black hole by raising over €18,000 on crowdfunding site wemakeit.

Sixty-four backers have so far pledged €18,020 (of a goal of €18,000) to ensure the event will go ahead as planned. Writing on its Facebook page, Waves – promoted by Verein Wien macht Kultur and Comrades in association with Music Information Center Austria (MICA) – thanked, “from the bottom of [our] heart, all the supporters of our crowdfunding campaign. We did it!”

The event will take place across seven venues in Vienna from 29 September to 1 October. American band We are Scientists (pictured), the UK’s Gold Panda and German electro-pop act Stabil Elite are among the acts performing.


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