If you’re a connoisseur of social media like myself, you know how convenient various social media platforms, such as Twitter, can be for discovering new people, events, and products. I was recently followed by the Twitter account of the Tinderbox Music Festival. With music being one of my many interests, I decided to browse their Twitter account beyond a simple “follow back.” To my surprise, I found that Tinderbox Music Festival is a unique festival held in Brooklyn, NY, showcasing a diverse lineup of established female artists and musicians. Musician and songwriter Alyson Greenfield, who happens to be from Columbus, Ohio, founded this one-of-a-kind music festival in 2010, and the 4th annual festival will take place on November 1, 2013.
This year’s festival will expand to two days and will showcase up to 50 up-and-coming female acts at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Performances will range in genres of Americana, Experimental, Hip-hop, Indie-folk, Progressive Rock, Post Punk and Soul music. International music lovers from countries including Japan, England, France and Quebec have attend the festival in previous years! Majority of the festival attendees are women, but surprisingly, 24% of them are male supporters! How interesting?
A pivotal mission of Tinderbox Music Festival is to foster a sense of community for attendees to create, connect and collaborate. In parallel to this mission, Tinderbox donates 100% of its proceeds to organizations that empower the next generation of female artists. These organizations include Girls Write Now, the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop. These organizations curate our future female creative leaders through personal expression and empowerment.
If you are a feminist in the New York City area, or even just looking to get involved in entertainment for a positive cause, I highly recommend attending this special event. You can find more information on their website http://tinderboxmusicfestival.com/. I love seeing the passion behind events such as this one; where female empowerment and entertainment collide. I hope for the continual growth of this event and to one day be an active member of the feminist entertainment movement!
-Ashley E. Osborne