The Chicago Full Moon Jam is thriving in its’ 14th summer of fire, drumming, celebration, and community. What started out as a birthday celebration among friends has since blossomed into one of the largest fire spinning events in the world.
This year has seen an incredible amount of growth and development in the structure of the Jam, and a blossoming of the surrounding community. A stroll around a Full Moon Jam reveals an incredible ecosystem of involved participants that look out for each other in many ways while celebrating the fact that we create and live side by side in our beautiful city.
We've recently started the Full Moon Jam Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, in order to support the Full Moon Jam and associated events in bringing fire and celebration to Chicago. Our events are free to the public, inclusive, and look to encourage community, dance, safe and responsible fire spinning, and flow arts in general.
Our core event is and always will be the Full Moon Jam, but we also participate in other free community building events - National Night Out, Chicago’s Halloween Parade, Halsted Halloween Parade, and various community flow arts workshops.
The past two seasons, we've been a part of the Chicago Night Out in the Park program run by the Chicago Park District, to whom we owe many thanks. Our Night Out in the Park stipend covers about half of our operating expenses - fire and park permits, as well as event insurance. The Full Moon Jam still incurs a variety of costs - safety supplies, fueling equipment, event needs, website to name a few - that add up pretty quickly. For the amount of people that the Full Moon Jam event draws, we’re proud that we make do on a tight budget that has, in the past, come from the organizers.
We often have people asking us how they can support us, and how to continue to sustain the jams. This is the perfect opportunity to ensure that the jams can continue to prosper as they grow.
Our working budget is located here: http://tinyurl.com/FMJ2017budget We anticipate about $2000 per year in operating expenses, with a little buffer. All funds go toward event expenses, none of our volunteers or organizers are paid by the Full Moon Jam. Our $4000 goal looks to fund the Full Moon Jam for two seasons (2017 and 2018). Our stretch goal of $6000 would fund Jams for three years, through 2019, given current funding levels from the city.
Altogether, that is the budget for 18 Full Moon Jams, as well as external events — look at the size of the crowd at a jam and think that all this magic gets done with a public funding budget of less than $333! This fundraiser will allow us to continue to produce the Jams and grow our celebrations in a safe, responsible manner.
The Full Moon Jam will *always* be free events to the public. It’s an important part of who we are and what we do. We thank anyone who feels like pitching in monetarily, as we thank anyone who pitches in in ANY way. This is a gift that we all bring to each other, a beautiful potluck that, with your help, we hope continues for years to come.
*The Full Moon Jam Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and your donations are tax deductible. To learn more about the Full Moon Jams, the Full Moon Jam Foundation, and who we are, please visit fullmoonjam.org*