Phish.net is opening its online store for business today with its first offerings, new 2011 Phish.net T shirts -- for the first time since the old 1994 version sold out years ago! Three different styles of T shirts are available for online ordering here.
(Pictured "Old School 2011 Phish.net T shirt, designed by Eric Wyman @PYITE of the Phish.net site team, $20)
Our Phish.net storefront and fulfillment is being handled by Port Merch, an online merchandise marketing company for many independent artists and bands, including Bonnie Raitt and the Blind Boys of Alabama. We are thrilled to be partnering with Port Merch to insure that orders to the Phish.net store will be professionally fulfilled and shipped quickly by a convenient online "mail order" storefront, as people have come to expect.
(The Mockingbird Foundation volunteers are equally pleased not to have to be storing merch in their basements and running to the post office as we did in the days of "blanks and postage", but to have Chip Taylor and the pros incuding our own Bryan Rodgers @Planbee at Port Merch handling that for us!).
In the coming month, we will be adding more clothing and hard goods items to the Phish.net store, including embroidered logo hats, stickers, pins, beverage "coozies", patches, license plate frames and other items. When we do that, we'll post to the Phish.net blog and forum.
Soon, the online store will be reachable through a link "STORE" in the Phish.net navigation bar and a subdomain alias "store.phish.net" as soon as it can be programmed into the site source code. The store can also be reached directly through the Port Merch site at http://www.phishnet.portmerch.com/stores/home.php.
Any profits from the sale of Phish.net merchandise items will support the costs of maintaining the Phish.net fan site and to the programs supporting music education for children done by Phish.net's operator, the fan supported charity, The Mockingbird Foundation.
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Phish.net is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.
This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed just about $1,500,000 to support music education for children – hundreds of grants in all 50 states, with more on the way.