Village Idiot Stage
Buster Browns Stage
Maumee Elks Stage
AUCTION

Hello to all of our supporters of Acoustics for Autism.  As you know, the world of big events has changed dramatically since the pandemic in 2020.  We are so fortunate to have had Acoustics for Autism 13 go off last year, pre-covid, without a hitch. The board has thought long and hard and we have spoken with the health department to come up with a plan to have an event that meets the proper guidelines. Unfortunately, it limits our ability to have everyone included.  Therefore…

Project iAm presents….
An Acoustics for Autism Appreciation Party!
Sunday, March 7 noon – 10pm
The Village Idiot, Buster Browns, and The Maumee Elks

How does it work?

Tickets have been offered to a select group of people (our iAm families, volunteers, musicians, sponsors, etc). These tickets are for a specific time slot, in a specific venue (think, restaurant reservation).  Any tickets remaining will be periodically posted on our Facebook page as tickets are returned to us.

What if I don’t want my tickets or like my spot?

If you have no desire to attend the event (we won’t judge!), that is fine….just simply refuse the tickets and we will give them to someone else.  You can also accept your tickets and then give them away.  We only ask that you actually give them away to people who will come!  We don’t want empty tables when so many people will not be able to attend this year.  And if you are in a spot you don’t like, you can certainly try to find someone to swap.  It makes no difference to us.  

Why not just move AFA to the summer?

A million reasons, but here are the two most important!:

1) It’s not AFA unless there’s a possibility of a blizzard, tornado, or any other natural disaster.

2) We were very fortunate to have our event last year.  A lot of charities did not get the opportunity.  So we are not going to fight over summer dates when we got lucky.  Trust us….We pick the first Sunday in March for a reason!

Why not get a big tent so more people can come?

As much as our friends at Meredith Party Rentals and Great Lakes Sound always go ABOVE and beyond to help with our costs….it’s a LOT of money and time.  If we can’t crowd thousands of people into a tent and sell all that beer….we just don’t recoup our costs.  

Are you still having a Silent Auction/Raffles/etc?

YES!  The Silent Auction is LIVE now until March 7th at 4pm EST.  You can click the blue auction tab above to start bidding.  All instructions are in that tab.

Do I have to wear a mask?

In order to attend the event, you MUST adhere to the current guidelines.  Again, think of this as walking into a bar or restaurant.  You must wear a mask if you are not seated.  All tables will have servers—no walk-up bar service. We have purchased an Infrared digital temperature camera and will have sanitizing stations around the venues. If you have a fever per CDC guidelines, you will be asked to leave.  The Village Idiot will have Pizza, The Elk’s will have a limited menu, and we are working on arrangements with Buster Browns. Each ticket will have disclaimers listed on the back.  Be sure to read them very carefully because you could be removed from the event if there is no adherence to the guidelines.

Will the Event be Live Streamed?

YES!  BCAN is airing our event and we will have links to all three stages as soon as it is provided to us!

What about Merchandise?

Our friends at Jupmode will be selling our T shirts online and in store after the event.  We will be getting you links for that as soon as it is provided to us!

That’s the gist of everything folks.  We’ve thought long and hard about all of this and we feel it’s important to keep this event going in the community.  We MUST and WILL adhere to the guidelines as approved by the Health Department.  And most importantly, there is still a need there for our ASD families. With everything that was shut down during the pandemic, imagine the ASD families losing all of that support from their Providers?  We have consistently continued to help our families through this all, and need your help to keep doing so.

WE thank you so much for your support.  We wish we could get everyone involved as always in PERSON, but we can wait until our 15 year anniversary next year.  In the meantime, there are still many ways to support this event you all love so much! For those offered tickets, we hope to see you on March 7th and of course, it’s cool if we don’t.  Please be considerate of our rules and requests so we can appreciate all you’ve done for us!

Text GIVEAFA to 44321 to donate today!

Yours in Rock,

Project iAm

CLICK HERE FOR 2021 ACOUSTICS FOR AUTISM

Interview with Nicole Khoury about Acoustics for Autism:

 

A letter from our Founder and Executive Director:

March 2021

What a weird year it has been for our community, our iAm family, and the world.  We never would have imagined that last year we would have been lucky enough to be practically the only charity that was able to hold its annual event.  We certainly didn’t think back in the summer, we wouldn’t be able to bring you Acoustic for Autism in 2021 the way you are so used to it being.  But here we are….4 days away from what is usually the biggest event in our area, and we are still where we were almost one year ago.

It’s important to let you know that our board does not take things lightly.  We struggled for a while with the who, what, where, when, how, and why of it all.  We watched numbers fluctuate up and down, we contacted various vendors to determine what, if anything we could do, we spoke with the local authorities and the Health Department to be sure any of our one million plans would be approved.  It is important to continue to have this event.  Not only for the community, but for THE KIDS!  All of our lives were turned upside down in 2020, but can you imagine the ASD kids that depended on their routine, their therapies, their teachers, etc, etc?  We felt we had to not only continue this event this year, but to do it with the integrity and safety we always try to uphold.

After the “shutdown”m Project iAm stepped up and gave back to our community as a whole, helping out the local businesses, musicians, and of course the kids that have gotten us here over the last 14 years.  We also achieved a huge feat of making our grand total for distributions to our ASD kids to just under $320,000 since we started.  Not bad for a volunteer organization, right?!

We are devastated that we can’t have 15,000 of our closest friends rocking out in the streets of Uptown Maumee on March 7th–especially when this year will be 60 degrees (go figure). But we are convinced that we have followed all safety protocols necessary to still bring you the best FREE music event in the country.  While we only have 1300 people that can join us in person throughout the day, we will be able to come into your homes via live stream of our three stages and BCAN.  We’ve worked very hard to bring you musical enjoyment, however you feel the safest and most comfortable while staying true to our mission, or vision, and our community.

We certainly hope to be up and running for our 15 year anniversary on March 6, 2022–so save that date now!  Thank you for all the support and love.  We will continue to serve our community together and FOR THE KIDS, MAN!

Much Respect,
Nicole
Founder/Executive Director, Project iAm