One Reel Programs
We want to light up Seattle, the Northwest and the nation with the best, most interesting and unique events imaginable. The experiences we produce are emblematic of Seattle values: arts, accessibility and inclusivity. While many of our events are thought of as iconic and defining of our city, in fact it is ultimately Seattle that guides and defines our work.
Our projects have included Bumbershoot, City of Music Career Day, Family 4th at Lake Union, Emerald City Search, Teatro ZinZanni, Summer Nights Concert Series, The Dreamliner Arts Festival, Goodwill Arts Festival, WOMAD and dozens of other memorable events and celebrations. We are proud to have been recognized numerous times over the years by our peers in the event and festival industries, including the 2008 Grand Pinnacle for Best Event to Bumbershoot—the highest honor bestowed by the International Festivals and Events Association.
North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot draws artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, literature, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. Unlike any other festival, Bumbershoot is not only unique in the variety of disciplines showcased and the quality of the performers, but unique in that the producing organization is a nonprofit dependent upon charitable contributions from individuals and businesses.
Accessibility is a key part of Bumbershoot: We keep ticket prices lower than all the other major festivals, and each year we donate hundreds of tickets to under-served families in our region. Plus, kids 10 and under are always free. No where else in the nation can you experience the breadth and depth of programming offered, all served to our patrons and our city at an unbeatable value.
City of Music Career Day
What does your future look like? The City of Music Career Day is a one-day program jam-packed with information about what students need to do to propel themselves into a career in the music industry. Looking for tips from some of the area’s industry leaders? We got ’em. Looking to learn just what it takes to be successful and actually earn a living in this field? We’ll tell you all about it. Plus, Career Day participants have the opportunity to mix and mingle with organizations who may open their eyes (and ears, of course) to career paths they never even knew existed. And here’s the best part: this magical day is totally free to high school and college-aged students!
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The 43rd Bumbershoot (2013) was a great success! Focusing on the new tagline “Art in the Great Northleft,” Bumbershoot continued its reputation as an extremely diverse and carefully curated Festival offering local favorites, international up-and-comers, and everything in between throughout the full spectrum of arts programming. Approximately 125,000 people attended, representing a 9% increase in attendance over the prior year.
One Reel is known for the quality events we produce, and with the success of our large-scale events comes the challenge of making people aware that we are in fact a nonprofit organization. We have served hundreds of thousands of people in Seattle and beyond with amazing experiences, and we want the world to know that the best, most interesting and unique arts and cultural events imaginable can and do exist because of a nonprofit.