Today, Electric Forest launches the 2020 Wish Machine, officially opening EF’s fan participation initiative for the festival’s tenth installment on June 25-28, 2020. The unique program, which was first introduced in 2018, invites fans to commit to spreading positivity throughout the year. In return, EF HQ rewards a lucky handful by supporting their wildest Electric Forest dreams coming true. To date, over 7,000 wishes have been submitted to The Wish Machine, with a collective 8,500+ volunteer hours pledged across 5 continents and all 50 states, and over $300,000 offered to community improvements and charities around the world. In return, EF has granted a variety of wishes to the Forest Family, including one-of-a-kind on-site experiences, performance slots, and much more. Learn about past wishes granted HERE, and submit to the EF2020 Wish Machine HERE.
Creating opportunities that can make a positive impact in communities around the world would not be complete without considering EF’s immediate Oceana County and Michigan neighbors. New to the Wish Machine for 2020, submissions from residents in towns and counties near the festival can be marked using the “I’m a Local” option during the Wish Machine submission process. This new feature was inspired by Shelby, MI resident Danielle Siegel, who submitted her wish in 2019. Danielle organized a group of locals to volunteer their time to help revitalize a much-trafficked but rundown alleyway that connects downtown Shelby to the multi-use William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail. In exchange, EF offered wristbands to the sold-out festival to each of the volunteers, many of whom had always wanted to go to EF but hadn’t had the opportunity. Read more about Danielle’s EF2019 wish HERE.
Giving back has always been an important part of Electric Forest and its community. Electric Forest’s Roy Price Memorial Food Drive, hosted each year in partnership with non-profit organization Conscious Alliance, donates food to local Oceana County communities in need. To date, EF has distributed over 272,593 meals locally, with an astounding 26,893 meals collected during the 2019 festival. Learn more about the EF’s Roy Price Memorial Food Drive HERE.
Electric Forest’s Music In Schools program supports music education in Michigan public schools and other organizations that service youths. Started in 2012, EF’s Music in Schools program has donated a total of $111,000 to date. Recipients thus far include Shelby High School, the David Markiewicz Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund, Montague High School, White Hall High School, White Lake Music Society Junior Strings Program, and more. Electric Forest is proud to help bridge the gap between diminishing school budgets and music program resource needs. Learn more about EF’s Music In Schools program HERE.
Additional local and Michigan-based organizations benefitted by Electric Forest’s 2019 philanthropic activities include Oceana Conservation District, Alzheimer’s Disease Research @ University of Michigan, and others. Electric Forest is proud to now partner with Community Foundation for Oceana County as advisor for the Electric Forest Charitable Fund.
Electric Forest celebrates its 10th Anniversary June 25-28th, 2020. Stay tuned for EF2020 ticket information coming soon, including on-sale dates, Good Life VIP offerings, Loyalty ticketing, and more.
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