I am very happy to announce that I have been one of 5 chosen composers nationally to take part in the Compose. Create. Engage. scheme.
My project Some Some Unicorn have been chosen to be part of a crowd funding pilot of new music in partnership with Sound and Music and PledgeMusic. Starting in March we will be trying to fund the second Some Some Unicorn album Unicornucopia.
We are just getting set up with all the wonderful pledges you can make, so sign up to the mailing list or follow us over at our campaign page
A word about the scheme
Designed to empower composers to realise projects outside the confines of traditional commissioning (which Sound and Music’s annual Composer Commissioning Survey reveals to be grossly inadequate and unsustainable for composers), as well as to develop and build their own network of supporters, “Compose. Create. Engage” will test whether a crowdfunding platform can be as useful to contemporary composers as it is for rock and pop acts.
By partnering with PledgeMusic, these five pioneering composers will have access to 1.2 million PledgeMusic users, tapping into a community of enthusiastic and curious music lovers who might otherwise have had little contact with their particular styles. At the same time, the selected composers will introduce their existing audiences to the world of crowdfunding, to test whether this direct-to-fan communication and fundraising can be used to support the creation, recording and performance of new music outside the standard commissioning process.
Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive of Sound and Music, said:
‘Opening up new avenues for composers to engage directly with audiences who can support them in creating and sharing adventurous new music is something that is very important to Sound and Music. In fact it feels more relevant than ever, given that the creative imagination of composers significantly outstrips what the traditional arts infrastructure can offer them. It’s very exciting for us to be working on this with PledgeMusic, as well as five such different and imaginative composers.’
PledgeMusic gives artists the tools, services and support that they need to create music, videos, merchandise, exclusive events and personalized fan experiences that, until now, has never been available in one place.
PledgeMusic does not discriminate, whether an artist is signed to a major label or an indie, are on their starting jog or victory lap, PledgeMusic is, at its core, a community of artists and fans with no boundaries. When a fan becomes a Pledger they become a part of the artist’s journey from the studio to the stage. The PledgeMusic tools and technology are the “how” but the music and the experience are the “why.”
Paul Barton, Managing Director UK of PledgeMusic, said:
‘PledgeMusic are delighted to be partnering with Sound and Music to launch the new “Create. Compose. Engage” campaign. PledgeMusic very much looks forward to helping creative artists from the Sound and Music family realize their projects, through both their existing audience and the wider PledgeMusic fan community. Helping and championing new music from British composers and musicians is at the centre of the PledgeMusic remit. This exciting new programme with Sound and Music is another big step forward in that.’