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Soul Shack Funding - Can Anyone Help? Sorry To Ask

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I did say i would not post any further issues or problems to do with sponsorship or funding of the 'Soul Shack' show as i really hate the 'begging bowl' approach but i find myself in the same dark place with regards funding the show as i was back in September of last year, the response to my post then was fantastic with direct donations from people, fund raising events in London and at The Orwell in Wigan, i have this constant problem as the show needs to self fund and again here i am again with enough funds in the kitty left which takes me to the end of May. Basically all specialist shows on Solar have to be self funding, it's the way it works, i wish it was different but it's not so from time to time well basically from day one back in November 2000 when i first started i had to either self fund or find backers, donations and sponsorship.

The show is now well into it's 7th year and i really don't want to give up doing it, believe me i have self funded, had fantastic support in the past from 'Friends Of The Soul Shack' who have sponsored me and made direct donations which has helped so much in keeping the show going, i always sport the corner of many Soul events with regular mentions and give full previews/reviews to all reissue 45's/CD's, Magazines etc. and will continue to do so, so the bottom line is i again need some help either long or short term.

If you can help please get in touch bicknellmark@aol.com or telephone 0161 330 6267

So if you have a publication, record list, reissue company,record label, venue etc. then this plea may be of interest to you.

As i say i hate having to ask the scene of this but if i can not generate some further funding then the future of the show could be uncertain, i will do my best to keep things ticking over but without a decent injection of funding it may be totally out of my hands, of course if you don't listen to the show then this statement will not be relevent and nor do i wish anyone to donate or sponsor because they feel they have too more basically if they want too.

I try to present an authentic mix of music every Sunday for two hours, i know i have many friends out there who enjoy the show and it's for them i want to stay on air, i'll do all i can to survive this problem, sell a few tunes, fund raise and basically do what it takes to keep it going but if i can't turn this around one more time then i'm deeply sorry if the show ends.

I can offer a little deal which may appeal to promoters of Soul events where i will mention the event (a good plug) for four weeks leading up to the event at £20.00 basically £5.00 a mention, helps the gig and helps me, one or two people have already shown interest in this idea so thanks to them, please i'm not looking for something for nothing here i just need ideas and help to drum up some funds to keep the show alive, out of all the stuff i do on this scene the show is now by far the most rewarding and i would like to think enjoyed by people who tune in every week so if you can help please get in touch bicknellmark@aol.com I have sent out a generic email to pretty much everyone in my mailbox regarding this so sorry to those of you for the direct approach but i really have no choice here simply without help i may struggle to keep the show, it's important to me and i will do all i can to secure the shows future, please no negative comments, ideas and constructive comments are more than welcome.

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

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I did say i would not post any further issues or problems to do with sponsorship or funding of the 'Soul Shack' show as i really hate the 'begging bowl' approach but i find myself in the same dark place with regards funding the show as i was back in September of last year, the response to my post then was fantastic with direct donations from people, fund raising events in London and at The Orwell in Wigan, i have this constant problem as the show needs to self fund and again here i am again with enough funds in the kitty left which takes me to the end of May. Basically all specialist shows on Solar have to be self funding, it's the way it works, i wish it was different but it's not so from time to time well basically from day one back in November 2000 when i first started i had to either self fund or find backers, donations and sponsorship.

The show is now well into it's 7th year and i really don't want to give up doing it, believe me i have self funded, had fantastic support in the past from 'Friends Of The Soul Shack' who have sponsored me and made direct donations which has helped so much in keeping the show going, i always sport the corner of many Soul events with regular mentions and give full previews/reviews to all reissue 45's/CD's, Magazines etc. and will continue to do so, so the bottom line is i again need some help either long or short term.

If you can help please get in touch bicknellmark@aol.com or telephone 0161 330 6267

So if you have a publication, record list, reissue company,record label, venue etc. then this plea may be of interest to you.

As i say i hate having to ask the scene of this but if i can not generate some further funding then the future of the show could be uncertain, i will do my best to keep things ticking over but without a decent injection of funding it may be totally out of my hands, of course if you don't listen to the show then this statement will not be relevent and nor do i wish anyone to donate or sponsor because they feel they have too more basically if they want too.

I try to present an authentic mix of music every Sunday for two hours, i know i have many friends out there who enjoy the show and it's for them i want to stay on air, i'll do all i can to survive this problem, sell a few tunes, fund raise and basically do what it takes to keep it going but if i can't turn this around one more time then i'm deeply sorry if the show ends.

I can offer a little deal which may appeal to promoters of Soul events where i will mention the event (a good plug) for four weeks leading up to the event at £20.00 basically £5.00 a mention, helps the gig and helps me, one or two people have already shown interest in this idea so thanks to them, please i'm not looking for something for nothing here i just need ideas and help to drum up some funds to keep the show alive, out of all the stuff i do on this scene the show is now by far the most rewarding and i would like to think enjoyed by people who tune in every week so if you can help please get in touch bicknellmark@aol.com I have sent out a generic email to pretty much everyone in my mailbox regarding this so sorry to those of you for the direct approach but i really have no choice here simply without help i may struggle to keep the show, it's important to me and i will do all i can to secure the shows future, please no negative comments, ideas and constructive comments are more than welcome.

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

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