Hopefully you're having a great summer and that the GaragePunk Hideout is part of it, but summer also means it's time to once again ask for your support in helping to keep the best garage/punk/rock'n'roll community on the Weird Wide Web going for another year. Our account with Ning Networks renews later this month, which means we'll be socked with another hosting bill for keeping the site up and running. Back in January we raised a little more than half that amount, so it's time to try and raise the rest of it now, and hopefully YOU can help us meet that goal.
As you're probably already aware, fund drives are held here on the Hideout twice a year to raise money to cover the fees for hosting the Hideout so that the site can be kept up and running for another year so that you and your friends & cohorts can continue to enjoy all the site has to offer and to meet your garage/punk/rock'n'roll social networking needs.
So please consider donating a few bucks to the Hideout to help cover our hosting and operational fees with Ning (our parent site) and DreamHost, the hosting site for GaragePunk.com. We realize times are tough and money isn't easy to come by, but any amount is appreciated and we're only really asking for a few bucks per member... that's about the price of a cheap beer at a bar, and if you saw the Hideout at a bar, you'd buy us a beer, wouldn't you?
This time out we've created some different levels and incentives for donating, so please check each one out and donate at whichever level you feel most comfortable with. As always, every dollar is appreciated!
1. The "warm fuzzy" level. It's just a couple bucks, but every couple o' bucks helps! Donating at this level won't get you anything other than a hearty "THANKS!" and that warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy that you helped support the site. So, THANKS! And enjoy your warm fuzzy feeling. Click here to donate at this level.
2. Donating at the $5 "TCB" level will get your name listed on our official fund drive thank-you page on the Hideout, and we'll even mail you a couple of GaragePunk.com bumper stickers to slap on the bumper of your sweet ride, in the john at your favorite dive bar, on the side of your guitar case, on the door of your refrigerator, or wherever you want. Click here to donate at this level.
3. Donating at the $10 "Premium Member" level will get you the stickers and name mentioned on the thank-you page as mentioned above, plus you'll be crowned a "Premium Member" on the site (for six months) with a gold star on your profile pic! Sweet! Click here to donate at this level.
4. Donating at the $25 "Super Premium" level will get you all of the above, plus FREE ACCESS to the private GRGPNK Records group on the Hideout (usually reserved for active site participants only), where you can freely download all eight volumes of the Hideout Comp Series (plus any future volumes that come out in the next year)! How cool is that?! Click here to donate at this level.
And, of course, don't forget to visit as often as you can! Lots to read, see, and hear on the Hideout, including our latest venture, the Hideout Comp Series (with eight volumes out now!), plus the main network forum, group forums for specific interests, videos, music uploaded by our 7,500+ members, photos, blog posts, event listings, chat room, and last but certainly not least, the amazing GaragePunk Pirate Radio (the only station of its kind in the entire world!). And while you're there, don't forget to update your profile and check those pending friend requests.
As always, thanks for your support and involvement!
Thanks for many, many hours of quality entertainment!
You got it! Donation made. The Hideout comps alone make a donation worthwhile, not the mention the podcasts, videos, and other features.
Best of luck with the drive. Thanks for all you do here Kopper!
Thanks for everything you do Kopper - we always love supporting the good stuff. Our friends call us Audio Gasoline, but PayPal knows us as Anderchad.
-Bad Chad The Wax Monger
I've got such a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
Done. I agree with others; top site and top music. Thanks!
OK I donated, great place, great music, period, nuthin' like it. I also bought another Hideout T-shirt - so I can look extra badass at the Drive-in this summer. Cool Ts Kids, check them out.
Thanks for this site Kopper!
Done and thanks! teachcarlson(at)hotmail.com
Thanks to Kopper & all the pirate podcasters for bringing me and my fellow mutants such great heaps of joy. I figured I'd better show some gratitude while I can... definitely worth every penny!
OK, that's it! We totally shattered the $300 goal and, in fact, far exceeded the $600 annual goal, so I'm happy to report that there will be NO JANUARY 2013 FUND DRIVE! It simply won't be necessary.
Thanks again to EVERYONE who donated this time around. If you donated $10 or more and are not yet marked as a Premium Member here, give me a day or two and then shoot me a friendly reminder. Same goes for those who donated $25 or more... and if you don't have access to the GRGPNK Records group (for you "Super Premium" level contributors), please let me know and I'll get it taken care of.
Stickers for all who donated $5 or more will be going out very, very soon. I actually have to order more!
If you missed it, don't sweat it. Spend the money on a GaragePunk.com T-shirt, some Hideout comps, save it for next year, or go ahead and donate if you feel you must. But for now we are officially done! :)
Well, I'm a day late, but not a dollar short. Happily donated - the podcasts alone are more than worth it, besides this outstanding community. Thanks Jeff, you (literally) rock the planet!
That less can we do? Here the weirdos we are happy. Thank you!