10,000 Hours: Last Chance to Enter to Volunteer & Receive Free Mysteryland Tickets!
Have you heard of 10,000 hours? It’s ID&T’s way of getting festival and concert goers to get closer to the communities their festivals are held in and give back in a big way. ID&T is the company behind world-famous festivals such as Mysteryland, Tomorrowland, and Sensation. For many of their major festivals, ID&T offers the opportunity for fans to attend the festival for FREE if you volunteer in the local community on their designated 10,000 Hours event day. So far, nearly 15,000 hours have been donated through the 10,000 Hours program and it has been implemented in Australia and Europe and it is now coming to the US as part of Mysteryland!
During one example of an event that was held on August of last year, 68 volunteers looking to go to Defqon.1 in Australia volunteered at the Muru Mittigar, an Aboriginal Centre close to the Sydney. Volunteers painted forest benches and tables, helped with weeding, and removed large amounts of litter in the area. In total, 458 hours were donated during this one volunteer event. In 2014, volunteer days will be organised for Defqon.1 Nederland, Defqon.1 Australia, Sensation Amsterdam, Mysteryland Nederland, Mysteryland USA, and Welcome to the Future. Potential volunteers can only register for one event at a time and the competition to get a volunteer spot at these events is fierce. Just because you email saying that you want to volunteer does not mean that you are going to be selected– selection is based on the contents of your application, so be sure to give it a good proof-read and think it through!
Interested in volunteering at Mysteryland USA?
Today (April 18, 2014) is the final day to register to volunteer at the Mysteryland USA 10,000 Hours volunteer event! Only 50 people will be selected (yikes!) and they will be notified on April 25 if they have been selected. For the event, volunteers will be helping out The Allyson Whitney Foundation’s 5k charity run in Rock Hill, NY in support of young adults with rare cancers. Volunteers will help with race set-up, cheer on participants, man water stations, and enjoy a fun BBQ after. Volunteers will leave at 6:30AM from NYC at Grand Central Station and arrive back at 3:30PM on Saturday, May 10th. You must be available this entire time and meet in NYC in order to participate. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt as well as Saturday & Sunday Nomad passes to Mysteryland! Here are the entry requirements:
1. Be 21+ in age by May 23rd
2. Like our 10,000 HOURS page on Facebook here.
3. E-mail email@example.com
-The city you live in
-Tell us why YOU think it is important to give back to the community and what the dance community can bring in regards to helping others that’s unique.
Commitment to Community
An effort to integrate community work into ID&T’s major festivals is not only great for the company to help keep positive relations with the community, but also it’s great for the electronic music scene in general. Overall, Millennials are perceived as narcissistic, overly self-indulgent, and extremely childish and the electronic music scene as portrayed by the media only heightens this perception. This is a great way to publicly and globally show that Millennials and those involved in the electronic music scene are dedicated to our local communities and that we are committed to giving back to society. Many festivals have opportunities to volunteer at the festival, such as in helping with clean up, in exchange for a free ticket, but rarely do festivals offer the opportunity to volunteer within the community of the festival prior to the event in exchange for a ticket. In this way, ID&T is a thought leader in the festival arena, particularly among electronic music festivals.
It is fair to note that ID&T does get some fringe benefits from the program. Getting volunteers into the local community is undoubtedly great pre-event PR– something extremely important before tens of thousands of festival fans flood local roads, stores, and hotels to listen to bass-heavy music that could potentially be heard from miles away in what is normally a rural and quiet area. Unhappy neighbors could spell disaster if local governments feel the need to step in because of noise complaints, traffic congestion, health concerns, etc. TomorrowWorld in Atlanta took great steps to reach out the the community through letter campaigns, a free information hut, phone line, and email address for community members’ questions and concerns, as well as free tours of the festival for community members. Nevertheless, after the festival, there was still concern from the local government as community members complained about noise issues (you can read more about the community outreach and subsequent backlash here). However, many community members in the Atlanta area have stepped forward stating that TW USA is a benefit to the community and support its continuation in the area. ID&T deserves a lot of credit for their efforts to reach out to the community and 10,000 Hours is another example of ID&T’s tireless efforts to ensure community acceptance. Hosting a 10,000 Hours event for Mysteryland USA near the festival site in New York is important, strategic, and just right.
The Mysteryland USA Community Day Facebook event page can be found here!