One guitar. One week. One song. Must be original. No edits allowed. We chose the first musician. Then each musician chooses who’s next.
THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PROJECT was created to help musicians, from all-around-the-world, reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment.
WE FORMED IN APRIL 2012. OUR GOALS ARE TO:
• Inspire artists to take action.
• Tell stories from a truthful, meaningful point of view.
• Strive to give people something to believe in.
HOW THE PROJECT WORKS
1. A musician is selected by The Acoustic Guitar Project and is provided an acoustic guitar and a handheld recorder.
2. That musician has one week to record an original song using only the equipment provided. No editing on the computer is allowed.
3. When the musician is finished, they choose the next musician to participate, and the guitar becomes a viral memento with its own path.
OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL = TV PILOT
We need your help to shoot our TV Pilot. We'll use the $20,000 to travel, film and edit it. The project you fund will continue as a full Webseries, and we will use the pilot to pitch the show.
YOU GET TO DECIDE WHERE WE FILM IT!!!
In addition to your reward, FOR EVERY DOLLAR you contribute, you'll get ONE VOTE to decide which city we film it in.
This is a rough sketch of how we plan to shoot the pilot.
WE ARE ALREADY DOING GREAT THINGS
Check out some of the truly amazing songs from around the world, and watch the video interviews to find out how one guitar can change many lives.
COOL THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED:
- Nearly 50 musicians have written an original song
- We organized a concert in Helsinki, Finland!
- We've helped musicians overcome a writer's block of many years
- We've had left-handed musicians write on a right-handed guitar
- We've inspired musicians to play their first live performance
- We've had musicians, who play different instruments, learn guitar
VIDEO OF PROJECT 01 : MUSICIAN 02 TALKING ABOUT HER SONG
GROUP SHOT AFTER THE PROJECT 02 CONCERT IN HELSINKI
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED US
We are incredibly humbled to have been written up by Mashable, one of our personal favorite sites for what's "next." And we've been one of their best stories of the month. Over 8K shares in one day. Check out the beautifully written story.
Open culture is a great site with the kind of mission we believe in... empowering and inspiring people to do and learn more. They said some really nice things about us. We are flattered!
BEING INTERVIEWED ON THE HELSINKI TV SHOW — MIN MORGAN
THE KICKSTARTER VIDEO CREDITS
- Todd Leatherman — Director of Photography
- Tamara Treu — Editing
- Brandon Wilde — Music Score
- Craig Kasmer — Storyboards
- Matt O'Dowd — Acting
- Jess Lee — Acting
- Candy Niemeyer — Logo Design
- Ben Burns — Awesome Foundation Page
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Challenges include any unforeseen mistakes that can, and usually do, happen on a video shoot. There are many! We will hire a nimble, seasoned production team that can problem-solve and adapt.
Also, this show is not scripted. That means no one can predict the outcome, but that's half the fun now isn't it?
The biggest risk is that I'm letting YOU choose where I shoot it!
If you take a look at TheAcousticGuitarProject.com, you'll see what I've been able to do in 10 months almost exclusively on my own, with my own money, while working a full-time corporate job. Imagine what we can do together!
If you back me, I will not let you down.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A FILM CREDIT AND ONE VOTE TO DECIDE WHERE WE FILM — Feel the power for only a dollar! Not only do you get a credit, you also get one vote to decide the city in which we should shoot the pilot. The city with the highest number of votes determines where we shoot.Estimated delivery:
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A CHEERFUL PHONE CALL — Let's chat... the old fashion way ... over the phone. We can talk about anything you like, or I'll just say nice things about you. You also get 5 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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PERSONALIZED POST CARD — When was the last time you got something cool in the mail? You need a kitschy postcard sent from the city where we shoot the pilot. We promise to include an absolutely ridiculous message. You also get 10 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD — A digital download of the final TV pilot and the music recorded for it. You also get 25 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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SCREENING PARTY VIP — You get one VIP ticket to a the DVD launch party (in New York City). And by VIP we mean free booze and an endless stream of compliments! You also get 30 VOTES to decide the city in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + SHOUT OUT IN THE CREDITS — A digital download of the final TV pilot and the music recorded for it. And I'll give you a verbal shout out as the credits roll. You also get 40 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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GET SERENADED — We're bringing back the signing telegram... over the phone. A musician from one of the projects will call the person of your choice and sing to them over the phone. Great Valentine's Day gift. Take advantage! You also get the digital download and 50 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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GUITAR LESSON — A one-hour guitar lesson with one of the musicians from the project (In New York City). You also get the digital download and 100 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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1-HOUR SINGING LESSON WITH WENDY PARR! www.wendyparr.com — Learn how to sing beautifully from a beautiful person. Wendy's focus is the road from technique to style, effort to authenticity. Are you just a beginner? Great! For over 20 years, Wendy has personally helped numerous people find their voice by creating a safe environment. Are you a pro? Wendy can help take you to the next level. She's the professional that the record labels call for help. Her clients include platinum selling artist Nancy Sinatra, Regina Spektor, Matt White, Nicole Atkins, A Great Big World and many more. (Available in NY, LA or Nashville or over Skype) You also get 200 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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1-HOUR SONGWRITING LESSON WITH WENDY PARR! www.wendyparr.com — Do you have a song inside you waiting to come out? The internationally renown Wendy Parr can help you. Her song Dreams on Fire produced and co-written by AR Rahman is featured on the Grammy and Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. And she's performed and worked with a laundry list of stars including Patti La Belle, Bette Midler, AR Rahman, Paula Abdul just to name a few. Plus, she's just a great person to be around. (Available in NY, LA or Nashville or over Skype) You also get 200 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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DINNERVIEW — I buy you dinner and interview you (NYC only). Then, I'll edit it into cool short clips just like I've done for the artists on the web site. You also get the digital download and 250 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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4-HOUR RECORDING SESSION — Get in the studio with with producer/engineer Brandon Wilde (Project 01 : Musician 01) or producer/engineer Camila Celin (Project 01 : Musician 15). You also get the digital download and 400 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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LIVING ROOM CONCERT — A personal one-hour performance in your living room by a musician(s) featured in the project. We'll turn lights down low and the good vibes up high (New York City or LA). You also get the digital download and 500 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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A SONG WRITTEN ABOUT YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE — Tell us your name and a little bit about you, and we'll immortalize you in a song that's sure to be sung for generations to come. You also get 1,000 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:
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A SIGNED GUITAR — A guitar signed by the musicians involved in the shooting of the pilot and any episodes that follow related to this project. You also get the digital download and 1500 VOTES TO DECIDE THE CITY in which we shoot the pilot.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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YOU CHOOSE A MUSICIAN TO START A PROJECT — The musician of your choice gets to start a new, upcoming project. This the ONLY TIME we will auction off the right to start a guitar again. It's a ONE-TIME SPECIAL EVENT for Kickstarter. If no one buys it now, it won't happen again later. IF YOU BELIEVE in the project enough to buy this reward, we will also allow you to wait up to one year (from the date of your reward bid) to start this guitar. That means the project could be much bigger and you could have a lot of exposure. But you must tell us your choice of musician within a week of the Kickstarter completion. Please make sure your choice is willing and able to participate before you bid. If it is determined that we cannot accept your choice, your money will be refunded. So please don't pick any jerks:) We will only reveal that your guitar was rewarded on Kickstartar if you want us to do that. It's your choice. No votes on this one because you are already deciding a city with your choice of a musician.Estimated delivery:
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