I love September. In many ways, it feels like a re-birth to me. Rehearsals start up again for Samba Laranja and the CNY Flute Choir. The concert season begins in earnest for most music and arts organizations. Days are breezy, nights are wonderfully cool, leaves are showing the first signs of turning. It’s as though everyone and everything is pausing just enough to catch a deep breath.
Sure, August ended on a low note. But I took my own deep breath last weekend, and now I feel re-energized and ready to push ahead once more.
That’s why I’ve launched another campaign to raise funds for my Three Songs, this time on Indiegogo. Once again, I’m starting from scratch, but I am much more confident this time around. I’ve learned a lot, and I expect I’ll be better able to spread the word to not only the folks who tried to back me the last time (and hopefully will renew that backing!), but to an even broader audience.
I’ve said it before, and it’s not news – making new music available to a broad audience takes resources – monetary resources. Recording, publishing, performers and performance spaces, publicity – all of this comes at a cost. No matter how frugal I am, it won’t happen for free, especially considering this is much more than a simple CD release. The enhanced CD includes extra digital content (scores, liner notes, interviews), and the whole process culminates in two live performances, one in New York and the other in Philadelphia. Believe me, every single dollar is being stretched to its limit!
As for the actually fundraising, this time around I’m concentrating even more on sharing my music with you. I’ve added several music videos to my Vimeo page for you. And I’ve given you a little more insight into the inspiration behind the Three Songs in my Indiegogo video, in the hopes it will inspire you to fund these Three Songs.
I’ll also be giving you more blog and Facebook entries, and I would love to hear from you with any questions or thoughts you may have. The smallest funding level is just $1, which means our conversation can start with, “Thank you so much for your support!”