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Conscia Jazz Festival 2017





The ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017 is taking place from the evening of Friday the 1st of September to the evening of Sunday the 3rd of September, predominately at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford, UK. The festival is the 3rd festival we have produced in the area of Bedford in as many years, with the previous festival taking place in March 2016. This year’s festival is again focusing on variety, as we try to reach as many different jazz fans as possible. Jazz is such a wide genre of music and we really hope that there will be something for everyone. If you have never been to a live jazz event before, or if you don’t consider yourself a jazz fan, come along and give it a go, you may surprise yourself!

The 'Conscia Jazz Festival 2017' is taking place from the evening of Friday the 1st of September to the evening of Sunday the 3rd of September, predominately at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford, UK.
Roger Dickens

Conscia Jazz is absolutely delighted to announce that this year’s community stage for the #CJF17 will be called the ‘Roger Dickens Community Stage’ after local musician and jazz lover Roger Dickens.

Conscia Jazz (DBACE Award Nominee 2015) is a jazz promotion and education company based in and around the Bedford area. We have a variety of different projects and events desgined to sustain and enhance the development of this illustrous art form in the region. We strongly believe that spreading the awareness of this music outside of our country’s major cities is key to ensuring that it thrives; this is not just what we are planning to do, this is what we are already doing. From January 2014, Jazz @ The Ent Shed was founded, and in March 2015, we had the first Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival, with seven events over three days. These two events were the first steps towards the birth of Conscia Jazz. Since then, we have produced many different events in Bedford including the very succesful ‘Conscia Jazz Presents: The Bedford Jazz Festival 2016’ which is set to be an annual event for the forseable future, and the main focus of our promotional activities. 

‘Conscia Jazz Presents: The Bedford Jazz Festival 2016’ was substantially larger than its predercessor, the ‘Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival 2015’. It ran from Saturday morning to Sunday night on the weekend of the 19th of March 2016 with a wide range of venues and acts. These acts included some of the UK’s top talents in The Pete Churchill Quartet, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Charlie Wood & Jacqui Dankworth and Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker to name a few. We also welcomed Amercian Blue Note artist Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet to Bedford. The dates for next year’s festival will be released soon on our ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017’ page.

A big part of the company is its educational programmes, which includes a wide range of workshops and masterclasses available to a wide range of age groups. All of our educators are professional jazz musicians with years of training and experience, with the majority of them based locally. We look to provide the best possible jazz education for this region’s students in the hope that we will carry on the ever increasing popularity of jazz among the youth of today.

Come along and get involved to help us Bedfordians bring jazz to Bedford and its surrounding areas!

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A Time Like This: A Hip Hop Lament For America

A Hip Hop lament, critique, and call to action. Maybe there’s a reason we were made for a time like this.
Micah Bournes “A Time Like This”

When I was younger, I wished I could have participated in the world-changing demonstrations of the American civil rights movement. Bittersweetly, my wish has been granted. Recent events have revealed that institutional racism and racial wounds in the U.S. are deep and festering.

With increased awareness of police brutality due to technology, with incarceration rates of Black Americans being grossly disproportionate, with the political power swing in our latest election, the nation is more divided than it has been in recent years. I realized, whatever I am doing now is exactly what I would’ve done back in the 60’s. “A Time Like This” was birthed out of frustration, righteous anger, and a conviction that ugliness should be countered with beauty, we should fight evil with poetry. Tired stereotypes must be undone with creativity.

The title, “A Time Like This,” is from the story of Queen Esther, a courageous woman in Jewish history. She lived in a time of great injustice. Genocide was about to be committed against her people and she had the choice to hide her racial identity, or risk her life by challenging her husband; the very King who ordered the genocide. Esther’s uncle Mordecai wisely suggested that there may be divine purpose for her existing among such injustice; “who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Heeding his advice, Queen Esther was able to save her people from extinction.

I believe it is no accident that I am here, in America, 2017. This album will explore what that reason could be via hip hop and poetry. There is purpose in this madness and I am thankful to all who will partner with me in fulfilling that purpose. There’s a reason we were made for a time like this

FIGHT EVIL WITH POETRY POSTER
FIGHT EVIL WITH POETRY POSTER

The UK’s first BAME Orchestra at the Proms




Hailed by critics as ‘fresh’ and ‘brilliant’, the UK’s first majority BAME orchestra Chineke! makes its Proms debut in a programme including works by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Walker and young British composer Hannah Kendall, whose The Spark Catchers takes inspiration from the urgent energy of Lemn Sissay’s poem of the same name.

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, soprano Jeanine De Bique and conductor Kevin John Edusei all make their Proms debut here.

There will be no interval

Please note that this event contains an update to the concert programme from that in BBC Proms 2017 Festival Guide

Broadcast on BBC Four, 8 September

Image: Kevin John Edusei © Marco Borggreve

Prom 62: Chineke!
22:15 Wed 30 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall

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Seats £7.50 to £25 (plus booking fee)



The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras.

 

The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, is comprised of exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of BME composers both past and present.

 

Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, who has this say about the project: ‘My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

Many cultural organisations such as the BBC, Association of British Orchestras, Royal Philharmionic Society and Arts Council England agree with this sentiment, and have supported Chineke! After its launch concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September of 2015, the Chineke! Orchestra was appointed as an Associate Orchestra of the Southbank Centre, and returned there to perform in September of 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall. After a sold-out debut at St George’s Bristol in April 2017, the Chineke! Orchestra has an exciting series of concerts lined up for the coming year, including appearances at the Brighton, Cheltenham and Salisbury Festivals, a return to the Royal Festival Hall, overseas tours to Ghent and Rotterdam, and an engagement at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.




Eight Nonprofits Changing the World with Music





These artists and and organizations bring the transformative power of music to a world in need of education and healing.

It may be clichéd to say music soothes the soul. But in fact, music can resurrect a dying dream, empower the weak, and bring tears to the eyes of the hardened.

Being a musician isn’t just about being a rock star—there are music artists from all walks of life (including some rock stars) who use their talents to help others. We talked to a panel of musicians whose nonprofits are changing the world through the power of instrument and song.

Guitars in the classroom

Cody Lovaas

A San Diego native, Cody Lovaas’ music style reflect his love for surfing and the ocean. At 16 he’s already played with popular singer-songwriters like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, as well as surfer-musician Kelly Slater. But Lovaas has remained humble. His genuine care for people is evident in the way he spends his time.

When we caught up with Lovaas, he told us why he is involved with nonprofits.

I am involved with nonprofits for one reason, to help others as much as I can. In return, it does help me as I am a happier person afterwards. My music is inspired by everything that goes on around me and I often write about the stories I can take for these nonprofits.

One of the organizations Lovaas has worked with is Guitars In the Classroom, a nonprofit that provides free music integration classes for educators. Executive Director Jessica Baron explains how Lovaas impacts the children he works with.

When Cody performs in Guitars in the Classroom schools, the children fall head over heels in love with him. They learn to sing his songs in advance of his visit. He includes them on stage during his concerts. The students become fans to the very core of their young beings. They think and ask about him often and create beautiful thank you letters and drawings about him and his music. He receives hundreds of these expressions of love and gratitude and they bring him joy in return.

Cody does not perform for our nonprofit in order to help his career and the result is that he is building a very devoted young fan base because his performances are genuine gifts. The kids feel it. His heart shines through every time.

Thanks to people like Lovaas and organizations like Guitars in the Classroom, kids fall in love with music instead of the wrong things. Lovaas’ passion for music and his kindness are truly contagious.

Need to bring some harmony to your classroom? Take a look at the Musician’s Friend Kids and Classroom Instruments Buying Guide.

Bedside concerts

Darius Rucker and Musicians on Call

Anyone who has had to stay in a hospital for more than a few days, understands how hard it can be. Not only do you have to deal with your illness or injury, but the boredom can make it that much worse. Musicians on Call (MOC) is a nonprofit that is bringing joy and life to these hospital rooms through live music. Since 1999 MOC artists have performed for nearly half a million patients.

President Pete Griffin told us how MOC is impacting patients.

We use music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families, and caregivers. This simple process can bring about miraculous changes for patients. We’ve seen veterans move their injured limbs to the music—and children smile for the first time since they’ve been in the hospital to receive treatment for cancer. These one-on-one interactions between musician and patient have the powerful effect of restoring the happiness that often fades away in healthcare facilities.

If you want to donate your time to play what could be the most important concert of your musical career, drop a line to the good folks at Musicians On Call.

Big Easy roots

Derrick Tabb

Growing up in New Orleans wasn’t always easy, but Derrick Tabb turned to music to help him get through the struggles of adolescence. A successful drummer who started playing at five, Tabb is the snare drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band. But Tabb wanted to give back, so in 2007 he started his nonprofit, The Roots of Music.

I saw the direction that our youth were taking in New Orleans and wanted to make a difference. I remembered my struggles as a kid and those that reached out to me to save me from self destruction. I knew what it was that kept me out of trouble when I was young, and that was music. I also knew what it would take to catch kids’ attention. So, I started Roots of Music and have not looked back since!

Tabb uses music education to connect with students, help them learn self-discipline and make good life choices. Not only has Tabb changed the lives of inner-city kids forever, he has become a better musician.

It definitely has strengthened my music career by challenging me more as a musician. I am constantly studying more, making more beats/ tracks, writing more music for my band and teaching. This keeps my skills fresh as a musician.

In 2009 Tabb was honored by being named one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes and he continues using his skill and passion for music to alter the destiny of many students.

Wherever they may roam

Danny Felsteiner Mekori of Musicians without Borders

Danny Felsteiner Mekori merges the roles of world traveler, musician and IT whiz. After studying music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, he spent time training musicians and teaching music workshops in Ireland, Sweden, Jordan and all over Africa. Mekori is currently working with Musicians without Borders on their IT services and communications strategy.

Danny talked about the wonderful things Musicians Without Borders is doing all over the globe.

Although our programs are very diverse, they all give a ‘voice to the voiceless’ and provide a safe place for people who have been marginalized by conflict to express themselves, develop and connect with each other and their communities.

Mekori believes the power of music can produce change in youth, no matter what kind of situation they live in.

For children in Palestinian refugee camps, HIV+ youth in Central Africa, or aspiring young rock musicians in ethnically divided Kosovo, making music helps develop talents, connect with others and express hopes and dreams. Empowered by these experiences, many become role models for their peers, or teachers for children in their own communities.

If you’re a musician interested in expanding your own horizons and effecting social change, Musicians Without Borders would love to hear from you.

The west coast school

Nate Zeisler of the Colburn School

With both bachelor’s degree in choral and instrumental education and a doctorate in musical arts, Nate Zeisler has always been a student of music. That’s the underpinning for his conviction that all children have access to arts education, not just those from wealthy families. As the Director of Community Engagement at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Zeisler works hard to make that a reality.

Zeisler on why he believes music education is so important:

There is a huge value in advocating for music programs in the community. Developing a community of learners through active participation is how students develop soft skills so necessary in the 21st century workforce. Skills like collaboration, stick-withitness, creativity, communication, responsibility, and critical thinking are all skills that are necessary for employment.

Zeisler encourages others to consider getting involved with existing nonprofits before seeking to start their own.

If someone is interested in advocating for the the value of music education in their own community, the best way to start is to get a sense of what is already happening in the community and ask to get involved through a preexisting organization. When it comes to advocacy, there is power in numbers and often advocacy organizations could use an extra hand. Organizations like the NEA [National Education Association] or Americans for the Arts are great places to start your research.

Zeisler’s passion is contagious, and he has already helped hundreds of students pursue a career in music.

Music that cares

Erica Krusen of MusiCares

Erica Krusen is the Senior Director for the MusiCares Foundation, a nonprofit that provides a safety net for musicians in times of need.

Krusen shared with us what that looks like:

The greatest need varies greatly by the professional. A touring musician may need assistance with the preventative medical assistance to keep them healthy and performing at their optimal level. The elder music professional may see more need for medical care and health insurance guidance.

MusiCares can also be seen at large concerts helping artists protect their ears.

We also focus on preventative medical initiatives, such as, our one day hearing clinics offered backstage at several major festivals around the country, such as, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella and the upcoming Pilgrimage Festival in Nashville, TN. These efforts have greatly increased an overall awareness into hearing protection via our free hearing screenings and complimentary musician’s earplugs.

Thanks to Krusen and her colleagues at MusiCares, musicians and music industry veterans find help both in the times of crisis as well as in dealing with the realities of a life in music.

Rock to the future

Katie Feeney of Rock to the Future

Musician Katie Feeney has always been an advocate for healthier, more vibrant communities. After she graduated from Penn State, she spent two years with AmeriCorps working on the Community Water Watch program. Katie is currently the Development Director of Rock to the Future (RTTF), a nonprofit that provides free music education to youth in Philadelphia.

Feeney shared a touching story about how Rock to the Future is changing one teen’s life:

We have a 14-year-old drum student named Ethan who has Asperger Syndrome. Ethan comes from a single-parent household without the financial ability to afford music lessons. Prior to joining Rock to the Future, Ethan was bullied by classmates, socialized with much younger children, and attended special education classes below his grade level at school. At RTTF, Ethan discovered an incredible natural musical ability that has impressed peers, staff, and spectators alike.

This has improved his self-confidence dramatically. Two years ago he was elected to the student council at his school, and he is the drummer in the RTTF student house band, which performs in front of thousands of people annually. Ethan is now in general education classes, rather than special needs, and carries a 3.3 GPA.

With stories like that, it’s easy to want to be involved! Feeney told us how other musicians can make an impact.

One way to support music education in Philadelphia would be to become a Rock to the Future BANDmate by making a monthly donation of $10 or more via our website, or donate your money, talents or time to an organization doing similar work in your local community.

Even if your schedule is full, it’s still possible to get involved in something big, by helping out organizations like Rock to the Future.

Foundational assistance

Chris Flynn

Aspiring young musicians across America are benefiting from the Fender Music Foundation, a nonprofit that provides instruments to music education programs. Social Media Marketer Chris Flynn explained why kids need these programs:

Statistics from research show students who participate in music education programs versus those that do not:

  • Are more likely to succeed in higher levels of education
  • Increased class attendance
  • Higher GPA
  • Improved reading and writing, math skills, and develop skills to make music
  • Occupies student’s time in a positive way and strengthens self-esteem

Flynn is passionate about kids succeeding in life, and has seen first hand how the Fender Music Foundations helps.

When we deliver donated instruments in person, I get a first-hand experience, which validates why I do what I do. Seeing people with the opportunity to make music truly strengthens my belief that music education and therapy programs are crucial to our society.

We need more organizations like Fender Music Foundation to provide instruments to kids that can’t afford them. You can help by volunteering your services.

More than a rock star

All over the world, people are making a difference through the healing and soothing power of music. Whether it be teaching a young boy who was born into poverty how to play the piano, or offering a song to a woman dying of cancer, music heals and revitalizes. Think about how you can get involved in some of these organizations—your involvement in music can make a big difference in others’ lives.



MusAid-Empowering Musicians Around the World





The MusAid Fellowship Program from Emanuele Michetti on Vimeo.

MusAid connects musicians across the globe through educational exchanges designed to inspire individual and community transformation.

Through the MusAid Fellowship, musicians have the unique opportunity to teach, perform and develop their artistic leadership ability at socially driven music programs around the world. Through our innovative and immersive program, MusAid seeks to empower a new generation of globally and socially aware musicians.

ABOUT

MusAid is a 501(c)3 non-profit that connects musicians across the globe through educational exchanges designed to inspire individual and community transformation.

Through the MusAid Fellowship, musicians have the unique opportunity to teach, perform and develop their teaching ability at socially driven music programs around the world during two-week long summer workshops. Through our innovative and immersive program, MusAid seeks to inspire a new generation of socially and globally aware musicians.  Alongside empowering the Fellows that attend our workshops, MusAid tailors each summer workshop to the specific needs of our partner schools in order to provide them with the tools and knowledge necessary for their growth and self-sustainability.

HISTORY

Founded in 2008, MusAid has supported music schools and orchestras in Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Burma, Haiti, Belize, El Salvador, Bolivia and the Philippines with donated instruments and volunteer teacher training workshops through the MusAid Fellowship.

WHY MUSAID

The impetus to begin MusAid arose from the founder, Kevin Schaffter, who while living and studying music in Asia, saw the struggle and difficulties that many musicians face in various parts of the world from having poor access to proper educational opportunities and music instruction.

It is heart wrenching to witness the dreams and aspirations of musicians crushed by the lack of the most basic materials necessary to pursue their art. Our vision is one where artists from any cultural or financial background should be granted the opportunity to share their unique artistic voices with their community. In this world of materialistic ideals it is too often forgotten that the greatest contributions to art come from within each individual and collectively, through the international language of music, reveal the simple and beautiful similarity between all human beings.

Arts are more crucial now than ever before. Globalization has shrunk the world, increasing the need to preserve cultural diversity and identity. The arts, including music, have always been an integral part of every society and are a pure reflection of the creativity, the search for beauty, and the spirit common in all of us. Music has an immense power to inspire, to heal, touch hearts and emotions, and to uplift us. It allows humanity to set physical and political differences aside, and to work in harmony to produce something universally appreciated.

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Hungry for Music – Transforming Lives with the Gift of Music


The Hungry for Music story began in 1992, when Founder and Director Jeff Campbell (in photo) organized a street musician concert to benefit the homeless. Within three years, he formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to expanding opportunities in music for children.

Since then, Hungry for Music has placed more than 10,000 instruments into the hands of aspiring musicians. Children whose trajectory has been altered by the uplifting and life-changing gift of music. We’ve delivered everything from guitars and trombones to violins and xylophones to kids in 48 states and 20 countries.

We collect and redistribute more than 500 instruments annually and, in our 23-year journey, we’ve become a full-time force for good in the musical community.

Hungry for Music’s purpose is to embrace the positive qualities of music: its ability to create community, to inspire, to express a talent, to unite, and most importantly its ability to heal.”
– Jeff Campbell

WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THE HUNGRY FOR MUSIC COMMUNITY

We look back with satisfaction, joy, and gratitude at the number of instruments that we have distributed in our history. At the same time, we are humbled by the knowledge that our outreach would not be possible without the generosity and commitment of the community of volunteers, supporters, donors, artists, and musicians who contribute time, resources, and talent.  They are the life force that flows through Hungry for Music and we would not be able to give the gift of music without them.

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How to Secure Funding for Musicians and Record Labels

Securing funding and investment is a great way to get independent record labels and music projects off the ground, and cover the many costs that come with producing music, touring and running a successful label as a business. We are often asked about ways to get funding for musicians and labels, so here’s a guide to the basics and some of the best potential sources.

Funding for musicians & record labels

 

Getting outside funding for your music isn’t easy, so it’s important to take time to research your options, decide what’s best for you, and don’t rush into any major decisions too quickly.

Before we get into the types of funding available to independent label owners and artists, here are some key things to consider.

 

The basics of securing music funding

 

Finding a trustworthy funding source

First and foremost, you’ll need to find where your funding will come from. Make sure your source is reliable.

A bad investment or loan source can cause all sorts of problems down the line, so watch out for extortionate interest rates or investors looking to take more control of your company than you would be comfortable with. Do your research; don’t just take the money and hope for the best.

 

 

Know how to approach

Different sources of funding and investment will require different approaches, but the best place to start is by writing a record label business plan. You’ll need to know the aims, finances and forecasts for your business inside out, and writing a clear plan is a great way to get it all down on paper, whether you’re seeking investment right now or not.

Also, when you apply for funding, make sure to check every single detail of your application. Follow any application guidelines to the letter, check for spelling and grammar and get someone else to proofread it. You don’t want to blow your chances over an avoidable mistake.

 

 

Decide how much you need

It’s always wise to work out a watertight budget before you start looking for investment. That way you can decide how much you need, rather than how much you want.

Generally, there’s no such thing as a no-strings-attached investment, so taking too much money could be unwise, especially if it comes to paying it back. In contrast, taking too little cash could be a bad move, leaving you out-of-pocket before you get the chance to make a return. Think very carefully about how much funding you’ll need.

 

 

Spend it wisely

This should really go without saying, but plan exactly what you’re going to spend every penny of your funding on beforehand. Don’t splash it all on Dom Perignon and Gucci threads! Make a sensible and realistic plan for your cash flow.

 

 

Types of funding for musicians & labels

  

Start-up loans

Start-up loans are one of the most common ways in which new businesses get the funding they need to grow and develop. You can approach major banks for a business loan, but you’ll need to make sure your business plan, credit score and research is all up to scratch to stand a realistic chance of securing a loan. Also, label owners based in the UK can get help accessing start-up loans with the Professional Record Label in a Box package.

Don’t rely on high-interest lenders. It may seem like an easy way to get some quick cash, but you could end up owing much more than you can afford.

 

 

Arts grants

Arts grants are a great option for creative professionals looking for a bulk cash sum to get their project off the ground, especially as you usually won’t have to pay anything back. These grants aren’t available to just anyone and they can be incredibly competitive, so you’ll need to prove you deserve the money and demonstrate how you’ll use it.

 

There are a few ways to apply for arts grants. If you’re based in the UK, you can apply for grants from Arts Council England, PRS and other sources.

For artist and labels in the USA, opportunities for grants are available from New Music USA, National Endowment for the Arts and more.

Musicians and labels in Australia can apply for grants via organisations including Australia Council for the Arts and APRA AMCOS.

 

USEFUL LINKS FOR ARTS GRANTS

United Kingdom

Help Musicians UK

PRS Foundation

Arts Council England

Musicians Union

North America

New Music USA

National Endowment for the Arts

Grant Space

Australia

Australia Council

APRA AMCOS

 

 

Music and arts grants are not just limited to these examples. There are other funding opportunities out there for artists and label across the world, and with a little internet research, you may find more schemes to apply for.

 

 

Private investors & sponsors

If your music is making an impact across the local, national or even international music scene, you might just attract the interest of private investors or sponsors. This type of investment can offer a much-needed cash injection, new promotional opportunities and more.

Sponsors and endorsement can come from a variety of sources, from music brands, to soft drink, sports and alcohol companies. Rather than just sitting back and waiting for sponsorship, you could approach the brands that you think are a good fit for your artists or label.

It’s important to remember that large music companies and brands receive hundreds of sponsorships pitches a week from labels, bands and musicians, so you’ll need to stand out from the crowd. Focus your pitch on what you can do for the sponsor, rather than what they can do for you.

 

 

Crowdfunding

If your artists have a large and loyal following, but you’re low on cash, a music crowdfunding campaign offers a great way to get the capital you need. Maybe one of your artists want to produce a new album, but doesn’t have the funds required for studio time? Or perhaps you want to take a band on tour, but don’t have the gas money to get you there?

If you’ve got an army of die-hard fans, why not go directly to them for the money you need to produce new music or put on live shows? Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Patreon provide an simple way to receive payments directly from your fans.

You could also consider using Pledge Music, a crowdfunding platform set up specifically to help musicians and bands fund their projects. 

 

 

Raise the cash yourself

If you want to stay in complete control of your own cash flow, raising the money you need to grow your label yourself is the best option. They are plenty of potential revenue streams for independent labels and artists to tap into, including sales, streaming and performance royalties, tickets sales and merchandising.

 

There are plenty of funding opportunities out there for musicians and record labels, but getting hold of the investment you need requires careful planning. Take your time, do your research and don’t rush into any big decisions lightly.

 

Do you have any questions about securing funding for your music project? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to help!

 

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