HOUSTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wonder what exactly goes on behind the scenes at those big festivals in your community? Don Schwarzkopf often did. As a child he attended the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree and even though the President's helicopter landed in his campsite, what he remembers most clearly is being awed by the mechanics of staging so large an event.
Mr. Schwarzkopf now runs a company that provides support services for special events. Different events contract with EWMedia for dramatically different services. The company often finds itself fundraising in the morning and pulling city permits in the afternoon. When it started doing business, the company realized that many small events could not accept credit cards or do online ticketing or accept online applications. The company's website (http://www.ewmediagroup.com) now gives them that capability.
Before starting EWMedia, Mr. Schwarzkopf, who has been producing special events since 1984, spent 12 years producing a touring festival. During that time he produced many other types of events: trade shows, fun runs, and fundraisers. "All events work the same on the inside, just like an engine." Mr. Schwarzkopf feels that only the theme changes.
Four years ago, after getting married, it was apparent that there were better options than living on the road. EWMedia was born to market his experience, bringing much-needed relaxation back into his life.
EWMedia communicates with its clients and vendors through a newsletter that goes out every two weeks. Devoid of advertising, the newsletter lists festivals, including their location, attendance and registration details. Most listings are festivals that EWMedia works with directly. In some cases, the newsletter lists other well-run events as a service to the readers.
The company feels its prime benefit to festivals is that its efforts create more profitable events. EWMedia can handle any aspect of producing or managing an event, including such services as sponsorship, PR (using both traditional and social media), event management, subcontracting service vendors, booth vendor recruitment, managing event staff and recruiting volunteers.
The following festivals are currently on EWMedia's schedule:
3/6 - 9th Kemah Mardi Gras Parade & Krewes into Kemah
3/26-27 - 8th Annual Kemah Pan Jam Steel Drum Festival
3/26 - Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo
4/16 - 5th Annual WestMUTTster Dog Walk
4/30 - 5/1 & 5/7-8 - iFest 2011 (Houston International Festival)
4/30 - Art Anarchy Art Market
5/21 - 2nd Red White & Bayou Crawfish & Texas Music Festival
5/28-29 - Memorial Day Weekend Festival
6/4-5 - 3rd Annual Free Press Summer Fest
6/11 - Houston Beer Festival
8/6 - 4th Texas Greek Picnic
9/17 - Texas Celebrity Impersonators Festival
9/24-25 - 2nd Annual Houston Wine Fest
10/1 - 5th Pollinator Fest
10/22 - Friends of Texas Wildlife Spring Harvest Festival
10/22 - 4th Annual Texas City Music Fest by the Bay
11/12-13 - Kickin' it Country Music Festival
FALL T.B.A. - 9th Westheimer Street Festival