Oct. 5, 2015

Treefort Becomes First Benefit Corporation Music Festival

Boise's Treefort Music Fest is stepping out under a new business model. According to a press release Friday, the music festival received Benefit Corporation (B Corp) certification this summer, becoming the first and only music festival with that status. B Corporations are for-profits where shareholders adhere to missions that include transparency, positive social impact on local communities and environmental consciousness.

As the B Corp website puts it, the designation is like what "Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk."

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Jan. 21, 2016

The Examiner: Treefort Music Fest Looks to the Future as a Certified B Corporation

The first time I ever attended Boise’s Treefort Music Fest (for it’s inaugural event back in 2012), I set a simple goal for myself: Come back next year and play some songs, no matter what. Although my band Confluence had just formed and didn’t even have those songs written I was determined to rock Treefort 2013.

After plenty of emails to Festival Director Eric Gilbert and some help from our well-connected manager we were able to land a last-minute, unofficial spot at Alefort, the festival’s outdoor beer garden. Yeah it wasn’t the main stage, but a lot of people ended up watching us, making it worth the trip from Denver. More importantly, I achieved my rather ambitious goal of playing Treefort despite having such a young band.

Now in its fifth year, Treefort is closer to reaching its goal of becoming a self-sustaining, for-profit festival as a certified B Corporation. At the same time, it is still providing opportunities for emerging artists to take part in the festivities. On Jan. 14, Treefort announced its second wave of artists, adding 100 more acts to its March 23-27 lineup, including lesser known groups like Fresno, California’s Light Thieves, Denver’s The Still Tide and Boise’s own Western Daughter.

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