Sat, Jun 15 2024

No Earbuds Fest,

Pomona, California, United States Pomona, California, United States
2 Sponsors Confirmed

  • About the event

    No Earbuds is a boutique music pr and consulting firm with a mission to help turn underdogs into household names through inventive and radical campaigns. No Earbuds Fest will celebrate 5 years of No Earbuds and the massive community of artists and fans that surround them. Founded by Jamie Coletta in 2019, No Earbuds combines her years of sharpened marketing, management, A&R, and publicity skills with the sort of thing more valuable than experience or TweetDeck know-how: earnest, boundless respect for and belief in music, and the people making it.


    Why should you sponsor?

    No Earbuds Fest is going to be a sold out event with 1000 of Southern California's most dedicated alternative music fans. The bands playing the fest are not household names yet, but in some houses, they're the most improtant thing in the world. The fans coming to No Earbuds Fest are DIE HARD music listeners and spend all of their free time scouring the internet for their new favorite band. They are tastemakers and trendsetters, always wanting to tip their friends off to the next cool record. They buy and collect vinyl, they love gaming and nerd culture, a lot of them drink alcohol but a lot are sober, too. The crowd will also have a high LGBTQ+ and POC representation due to the range of artists on the lineup and the type of inclusive community that No Earbuds has fostered.

    Jamie Coletta

    Jamie Coletta started No Earbuds five years ago. You could quickly describe it as a boutique public relations and consulting powerhouse, but it’s much more than that, because Jamie Coletta is much more than just a publicist. She’s her artists’ biggest fan.

    Over the last decade, she has helped break careers for Jeff Rosenstock, PUP, Microwave, Bartees Strange, and a long list of successful and venerated independent artists and bands—like The Wonder Years, Foxing, Oso Oso, Circa Survive, Thursday, Prince Daddy and the Hyena, Softcult, Pool Kids, Cheekface, glass beach, and more— have since trusted No Earbuds to promote their work and get it in front of people who care. Because Coletta cares, and she makes a point of connecting with other people who care, too.

    Caring works: thanks to Coletta’s approach, her clients have received widespread media coverage with influential music publications like Rolling Stone, SPIN, Stereogum, Consequence, Alternative Press, and more; garnered Best New Music nods and feature profiles from Pitchfork; booked slots on Late Night with Seth Meyers, KEXP, Audiotree and NPR’s Tiny Desk; grown from local openers to headlining their own tours; and even helped get artists signed to labels and publishing deals. In 2021, BrooklynVegan wrote “Jamie Coletta dedicate her life to hyping up awesome musicians, no matter how big or small.” Endless Scroll called her "music’s cheerleader."

    Coletta has built No Earbuds into a flexible, one-stop shop for independent, creative underdogs, offering marketing, publicity, consulting, and virtually whatever other service or help an independent musician might need. She describes No Earbuds as a “support system” for artists figuring out how to tell their story, navigate the music industry, and do it all in a way that’s strategic, smart, and sticks to their own principles and values.

    Some of that involves traditional PR, but a lot of it doesn’t. Sometimes it involves building a timeline for a record rollout, or advising on a content plan, or devising an outside-the-box alternative to a usual email campaign. Over the last decade, Coletta has earned a reputation for inventive and radical campaigns that help bands find and build a community around them—all outside the structures of the corporate music industry. At No Earbuds, as she’s always done, she applies hard-earned industry know-how to help artists thrive on their own terms.

    “No Earbuds is all about helping our clients identify their stories and sharing them in ways that are both engaging for fans and authentic to them as artists,” says Coletta.

    It hasn’t been an easy five years to be an independent worker in the music industry. Coletta has managed all of this while not just navigating the COVID pandemic, but also bringing a new life into this world—her son was born in March 2020, right before the industry shut down for the better part of a year. She figured out how to juggle raising a tiny human while growing No Earbuds in its first few years, thanks to sharp resourcefulness and endless drive instilled by years working in the dude-dominated music industry. “It’s worth screaming from the top of the roof about a fucking woman who is doing it her own way all these years later, figuring out a way to survive all that bullshit and still stand out” she says.

    More than her years of marketing, management, A&R, and publicity skills, Coletta’s secret weapon is an earnest, boundless respect for and belief in music, and the people making it. The founding pillars of No Earbuds—community and mutual respect—are evidenced in projects like EARBUDZ VOLUME ONE, a 20-song collection featuring various members of the No Earbuds roster covering each other’s music, and which raised thousands for The Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform.

    The music industry is notorious for chewing up and spitting out its participants. But Coletta knows there’s a better way.

    “At the end of the day, I’m still just a fan,” she says, “and I haven’t let it kill me yet.”

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  • 501-1000 attendees expected

    72% Male Attendees

    28% Female Attendees

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3 available packages from US$300 to US$1000

General Sponsor

Logo placement on fest website and on any printed/digital advertising/flyers/etc. Sponsors will receive free tickets to the fest and inclusion in pre-and-post fest newsletter send outs to our mailing list and across socials.

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Podcast Sponsor

We’re collaborating with The Record Process podcast to create a special 4-episode miniseries surrounding No Earbuds Fest. The arc will highlight four of the bands playing the fest. As our podcast sponsor, you help cover the cost of production and social media content for each episode. The Record Process is hosted by Casey Cavaliere (Producer/guitarist of The Wonder Years) and his True Level Studio partner Tom Conrad (Audio engineer/producer). Together and in conversation with a wide range of artists, they explore what it takes to create a lasting piece of music. Our four-episode miniseries will come out in May about a month out from the fest.

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Zine Sponsor

Help bring the fest’s accompanying zine to life! We’re making a free zine that will be given away on-site and available online after the fest. Sponsors will get logo on our fest website + free tickets to No Earbuds Fest + (2) collaborative newsletter emails to our mailing list and social posts. Lots of opportunity for eyeballs here! Some writers already committed to the project include Erica Campbell (music editor @ PAPER), Patrick Hosken (Former MTV News editor), Grant Sharples (UPROXX, Paste, Stereogum), Aliya Chaudhry (NME, Alt Press).

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