Who is EMF?
The Eastlake Music Festival (EMF) is a not for profit festival, fiscally sponsored by the Friends of Oakland Parks, a 501(c)3 organization. They are 100% volunteer planned, organized and run. EMF is a free, all ages event open to the general public!
EMF is a volunteer group of local business people, concerned property owners, musicians, artists, civil servants and religious/spiritual leaders from in and around Eastlake who believe the old vanguards of culture like Clear Channel and MTV are no longer relevant for us or our children.
Just as Youtube has helped to democratize the Billboard Music Charts, EMF seeks to democratize musical and cultural programming in the live performance spaces in and around Eastlake. They believe technology enables us to broaden our tastes rather than confine them. In that vein, our festival will always strive to offer a real cross section of the diverse music and performance arts flourishing in and around Eastlake.
Further, the festival will leverage emerging sound recording and production technology to capture and distribute our festival performances to the greater wide web. This will be the Oakland sound, on its hard concrete streets, softened by its lush redwood valleys, and carried by the waters of Lake Merritt to the rest of the world.
They are 100% Crowd Funded and Not for Profit!
Each year, they get the ball rolling with a crowd funding campaign, because, well…let’s be real, we need money to put on a show. On top of the crowdfunding, the actively seek grant funding & private sponsorships from local businesses, foundations, and other groups to keep growing.