ST. PETERSBURG – The Bay Buzz is asking for the Tampa Bay music communities help in order to continue supporting, promoting and sponsoring bands, artists and events. The non-profit online publication has started a fund-raising effort with the goal of raising $1,000 by April 21st. The funds raised will be used wisely to ensure the continuity of the website and all the events that The Bay Buzz holds. So far $450 has been raised since the start of the fund-raiser.
“We are not asking you to pour out your life savings, but only $2 to $5.” – Constance Hilton, The Bay Buzz Publisher
In appreciation for your donation, people who make a donation of $15 or more will receive a free Bay Buzz T-Shirt which includes the logos of the publications biggest supporters, including: Keith Wilkins, Seminole Music & Sound, Music Tampa Bay, Sack-O-Woe Recording Studio, The Blueberry Patch, Guru Original, The Indie Bible, Fresh Wind, Mayhem Magazine, OBJ, Central Florida Live Music, Black Pearl Rock Radio, Mellow Melodies, and the “In The Groove” show on WMNF 88.5 fm.
In addition to the free T-shirt, donators names will be placed on a special page on The Bay Buzz Website.
To make a donation, visit The Bay Buzz website and click on the paypal “Donate” button. That will take you to where you can pledge any amount you’d like. Remember, The Bay Buzz is only asking for a small donation, however you can offer as much as you like.
History of The Bay Buzz:
The Bay Buzz was originally conceived by singer/songwriter, Constance Hilton, and launched on January 12th, 2010. The name of the publication came from a good friend of Constance’s, and extremley talented musician, Phil Traynor. The mission of The Bay Buzz is to support and promote local musicians. This publication is for musicians, written by musicians.
“I was working on a newsletter for an artist community here in St. Petersburg when the thought crossed my mind that this area could use a publication that focused on the local musicians here in Tampa Bay. My plan for this was that it would be a “one-stop-shop” for musicians in this area to find out everything they needed to know about what was going on… who was playing where, who just put out a new CD, what events/festivals were happening, etc. Then I started interviewing musicians and with help of friends began reviewing CDs. After a few months of doing this, I started receiving emails from musicians and fans that this area “needed” this! The response from the community and how they embraced it was just amazing.” – Constance Hilton, The Bay Buzz Publisher.
The Bay Buzz started out small, but grew fast…
“I received the support from Music Tampa Bay and Mellow Melodies, which helped The Bay Buzz grow in readers. I created a Facebook page and everyday there are new people befriending the Bay Buzz. It has grown tremendously. Not only has the community been wonderful, but also helpful.”
“Being a musician myself, I know the challenges that artists face in regards to self-promotion, fair gigs, the hard work of recording and the time and effort it takes to make something of your music. The Bay Buzz is a voice for all musicians and their fans in this community.” – Constance Hilton, The Bay Buzz Publisher.
Shortly after the initial launch of the website in 2010, The Bay Buzz,held their first Annual Buzz Fest concert.
“After six months of The Bay Buzz, and it’s success, we celebrated by holding The First Annual Buzz Fest which featured 8 local bands. It was a hot hot day, but a very successful one.” – Constance Hilton, The Bay Buzz Publisher.
Following their first Annual Buzz Fest which took place in 2010, The Bay Buzz held their 2nd Annual Buzz Fest on October 15th, 2011 at McNally’s Neighborhood Grill in St. Petersburg.
In the last two years, The Bay Buzz has not only hosted two “Buzz Fest’s”, but they have also hosted “Christmas in the Courtyard” (along with Dan Allison Productions), “The Bay Buzz Open Mic”, as well as sponsored the “2011 KAM-BABS Sexiest Musicians of Tampa Bay Awards Show Ceremony” where The Bay Buzz was recognized by receiving a Plaque of Appreciation from the “St. Petersburg Live music Bar Scene Examiner Column.”
Just in time for their two year anniversary, The Bay Buzz has introduced their brand new, sleeker looking website during the first week of January. If you haven’t checked out the new look of The Bay Buzz yet, you need to! Though the look of the website has changed, the content of the new Bay Buzz hasn’t. You can still count on The Bay Buzz to be your source for local Tampa Bay Musicians & bands. Music News, CD Reviews, Tech Talk, Events, Shows, Open Mic’s & Jams… it’s all on the Bay Buzz!
Hilton is extremely excited about what lays ahead in the future for The Bay Buzz…
“The Bay Buzz is 2 years old! It’s because of you guys this website has become so successful. The local music scene rocks Tampa Bay! And I’m glad I can be apart of it. Thank you so much!”
“I am excited about our 2nd year as we seek more adventures. Such as a “Bay Buzz Artist of the Night” which will begin in March at The Tea and Me Company in Gulfport.” – Constance Hilton, The Bay Buzz Publisher.
The Bay Buzz staff of volunteers currently consists of:
- Constance Hilton – Publisher
- Bob Feckner – Editor
- Katie Limberis – Editor
- Keith Wilkins – Contributing Writer (Music News)
- Dave Summersill – Contributing Writer (Tech Talk)
- Damond Jiniya – Contributing Writer (CD Reviews)
- Phil Traynor – Contributing Writer (CD Reviews)
- Dan Allison – Media Coordinator CoordinatorCoordinator
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