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Kellner's Road To Nashville To Start a VSO
My name is Shawn Kellner. I honorbly served in support of operation Iraqi freedom in Kuwait from 2003-2005. My wife Jen and I are high school sweethearts. We have been through everything together. When I got home my life fell apart. It took 13 years of rebuilding but I'm proud to say im sober, I have an amazing family including a 15 month son who is a military legacy carrying a torch that burns all the way back to the revolutionary war. We have decided as a family to move to Nashvlle, TN where there is a lower cost of living, and where I can pursue my music since I am a professional musician. We have spent the last 2.5 years designing the Veterans Entertainment Group 501c3. The VEG is the first ever Veterans exclusive non profit entertainment group. It includes the same programs and services natural to a for profit entertainment group however we are not for profit and all donations and other income is spent producing our programming to help veterans, covering our reasonable operations cost, and transportation for veterans to and from our program retreats.
After 25 years in the music business, I am elated to have found a way to give meaning and purpose back to songwriting. My hope with this endeavor is that professional recording artists and veterans alike will be able to collaborate like never before in order to create authentic songs with transparent messages that are living history first person accounts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the mouths of those who were there.
We have made arrangements to file our compilation releases as living history in the library of congress, the gugenheim museum, and the smithsonian to name a few. The history that we make by recording these compilations will be able to be used in school curriculums, library history displays, lectures, and many other forms of multimedia that teach people about the history of 9/11, operation enduring freedom, operation iraqi freedom, operation inherant resolve, and the continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria.
So that is why we are moving to Nashville.
Here is the problem:
We misjudged the cost of the move since this is the first time we are moving not just ourselves but also with a 15 months old baby. We believe our initiative to get the non profit up and running as soon as possible is an honorable one. It certainly is a lesson in humility since we went from my wife making a 5 figure salary while I went to the VA and improved my life physically, mentally, and emotionally to the point where I can join with my family in this endeavor.
We need $2500 for our move to Nashville. We can keep you involved and informed the entire way about how we find a home, move in, file the non profit, we already have hundreds of millions of dollars in private non profit donations lined up and promised, all that left is just us packing up this 2 bedroom apartment, finding help with our move since I'm a disabled servive connected veteran and cannot lift anything heavy. We need transportation for our stuff to nashville, we need help getting everything in the house, and then we need help paying the first months rent as we file all the paperwork for the non profit.
This includes 1000 dollars in incorporation paperwork as an LLC
Then we file the IRS form 1023 to get 501c3 tax free status which takes 6-12 months to be approved.
While we are awaiting our 501c3 status approval we have several other partner 501C3 Veterans Service Organizations that are going to help us fundraise seed money and operations cost.
We already have ongoing conversations with the publisher Andrew and the Editor in Chief Jason at Rolling Stone about major coverage of this endeavor. It is gonna turn an industry by storm and help many many many veterans.
All I need is help getting my family moved out of willowbrook into a nice place to live in Nashville.
I appreciate your consideration. Any contribution helps. We will show everyone who donates where every penny of the contributions goes.
We cannot wait to have your support when we finallly launch Veterand Entertainment Group which includes Veterans Day Records, Veterans Day Productions, Veterans Day Media, Veterans Day Films, Honor and Tribute, and many other non profit endeavors.
I personally, also have a co-writer writing my memoirs, I have a TV show I've written and have pitched to adult swim, I have a feature film that is currently going to sizzle and a music album that is gonna reinvent how people connect to music. It's not about me its about the songs and the messages in the songs. Rock Stars are dead and gone. Lets go back to appreciating great music that reallly says something.
So thats what is going on. I'm proud to ask for help because I know Jen and I diving 100% all in may be the scariest thing weve ever done in our life, its always the most modest and humbling and because of that I just know we will have the support we need.
Thank You for your time and your consideration,
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