Obviously I do these tours to promote my music. But the charity aspect of it is just as important to me. The fact that I can do something to help every community I visit means worlds to me. And, in fact, one of my greatest memories from the 2010 tour was my concert in Woodinville, WA, where an entire Special Olympics team came out to join in the fun.
I wish I were a major label artist and had big money behind my music. But that's not the way it worked out for me. I'm it. I'm the chief cook and bottle washer. So that's why I am appealing to my fans to help me get this show on the road. As you can imagine, the costs for the tour are pretty hefty. Because I am publicly seeking sponsors, I want to let you know how it all shakes down:
Round trip flight to Seattle on November 24 has been generously covered by decorators Mark and Tracy Zembruski.
Cost of rental car on the west coast: $356
Lodging: this is covered by my hosts on the night of their concert. At present there are six travel nights that I have no scheduled performances. I'll figure $90/ night = $540
Fuel cost for 8,538 miles of travel (provided I don't get lost!) $1,423 based on $4/gal and my Sienna getting about 24 miles per gallon on the highway. It's probably going to be a little more in reality.
I'll need at least two oil changes on the road with synthetic oil: about $39 each.
Then there's food. My hosts on past tours have been very gracious about feeding me and since I've had my surgery I don't eat that much, so I don't even know what to calculate for that. I'll just leave it out of the equation for now.
So that adds up to: $356 + $540 + $1423 + $78= $2,397
Please note that I am actively seeking paying gigs on the days I don't have hosted shows to defray some of these costs. So far I only have one scheduled but there are others in the works.
Now I want to THANK the generous sponsors who believe in what I am doing and have signed on to sponsor the tour so far:
You are the wind beneath my wings!!
For sponsorship levels and "thank you" gifts, please visit here: http://www.judypancoast.com/sponsor_judy_2012.htm