Because the Beat Museum is such a non-traditional organization, we have to think outside the box—and that includes how we fund our upcoming projects. It occurs to us there are a tremendous number of very successful, wealthy and "hip" people who dig what The Beat Generation was all about, and consequently appreciate the Beat Museum's efforts to continue that tradition. If we can organize a coalition of these people who could use a tax deduction,* we might have a solution for the funding requirement necessary for the next three years.
Won't you join us?
I was speaking with one of our friends in the arts who said to me, "If you can get five people to commit $10,000 a year for three years you can raise $150,000 to fund your program for the next three years. And sometimes all you need is for the first person to say they're "in" and other people will come along. I'll be that person." And thus was born The Beat Generation Conference Challenge.
Yes. And so far we've had magnificent success. We’ve already obtained three solid commitments. One person works in the movie business, one person is involved in leading-edge businesses, and one is an artist. We’ve been speaking to a fourth person, whom we're hoping will say yes next week. That leaves us only one short.
As mentioned, there are many wealthy and successful people who have been influenced by The Beat Generation. We know some of these people and are in the process of reaching out to them now.
Below is a list of additional people who have been influenced by The Beat Generation who may or may not even know about The Beat Museum's Beat Generation Conference. I have to believe one or more of these folks would be willing to help us meet our goal if they only knew we were trying to contact them to support this effort.
If you know any of these folks, would you please bring this page to their attention:
I can be reached at jerry[a]kerouac.com. Thank you!
- Jerry Cimino
* Friends of The Beat Museum, our fiscal sponsor for The Beatnik Shindig, is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, IRS ID #74-3198671