The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce an exciting new initiative created to increase the sharing of art and music among local citizens, businesses, visitors and neighboring communities. “Seats for Beats” is a fundraiser that allows locals to transform seemingly boring folding chairs into pieces of art that will be displayed and enjoyed at a variety of upcoming events, especially those highlighting live music.
How does it work?
Blank, design-ready chairs are available through the CVB for various sponsorship costs, starting with a minimum of $100. (See full sponsorship pricing breakdown below.) Funds generated will benefit the Music Friendly Fund managed by the Nacogdoches Music Friendly Committee.
Who can participate?
Anyone! Individuals, families, groups, companies, artists and commissioned artists are encouraged to participate. The idea is to have fun - use paint or any medium that inspires. The chairs are metal, so sand, prime or not. Sherwin Williams in Nacogdoches is one of our sponsors and has the perfect spray-can primer. Our inaugural theme is “this is my interpretation of music.”
Choose from three sponsorship categories:
Category 1 - $100 Minimum Sponsorship (Functionality)
Chairs purchased in this category will be fully functional and used at special events for VIP seating. We understand paint might wear down and that is expected – these will be redone in the future. Functional chairs will be housed at the Charles Bright Visitors Center.
Category 2 (Display Art Piece) A sponsor may want to commission an artist (price negotiated - $100 minimum) and keep its chair for 10 months to display in its place of business. The chairs will be picked up at the end of 10 months and recycled for the next year’s fundraiser.
Category 3 (Sell of a chair - Limit 5) This category is for chairs that exceed everyone’s expectations and are desired to be purchased outright. Minimum price is $300 with the artist getting half of the proceeds. The balance will go to the sponsor. All chairs will have a sticker placed on the back of the seat with the CVB website address on it: www.visitnacogdoches\musicfriendly.com
Category 1 & 2 allows for community partners to borrow the chairs and have at area events to show off and use. Category 2 & 3 can be used at area businesses or venues as art pieces. If purchased, chairs become property of the new owner.
Not feeling creative? The Nacogdoches CVB has a limited number of pre-decorated chairs currently available for sponsorship.
Chairs can be picked up now at the Charles Bright Visitors Center with cash or check payable to the Nacogdoches CVB. Purchasers will be asked to complete a sponsorship form at that time. Chairs will be displayed at the CVB and other to-be-announced venues. All chairs are due NO LATER than Thursday, Sept. 19. Chairs also will be displayed at this year’s Artfest taking place Sept. 21.
About Nacogdoches Music Friendly Committee
Is made up of local music enthusiasts. Our Mission is to promote Nacogdoches as a live music destination; to explain the value of being a Music Friendly Destination; to encourage music businesses and entertainers to utilize the resources provided as a certified music friendly destination. The committee is an extension of the Nacogdoches CVB. Find more information about music friendly certification efforts at VisitNac.com/musicfriendly.