Sidewalk Chalk is raising money to record our first full-length album. Help us make something great.
Hello! Welcome to our Kickstarter page.
We are Sidewalk Chalk, a hip-hop/jazz group out of Chicago, IL, and the time has come for us to record a full-length album.
Since five of us came together two years ago and recorded "The Snacktime EP", we've added tap-dancer Jumaane Taylor and the Bootskate Horns to the band. Now we're one big happy family with a common goal - to get our music heard.
We were recently named the "Best Local Hip-Hop Act" in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, AND our MC returned from Shanghai, China this week as a hip-hop representative for Chicago and the United States at the World Expo. So, we've been busy, and we want to keep the ball rolling.
We want this album to be great, and we know it can be. BUT it takes a lot of hours in the studio to make a great album, spending a lot of time in the studio is expensive, we have an average age of 24...you get the idea - we can't pay for it alone.
We're trying to raise $6,000 to fund the recording, mixing, and distribution of the album that we've been itching to make. If we don't raise that amount by November 1st, we don't get ANY of the money. That's right - it gets sent right back to the back accounts from which it came. We're offering up some great rewards for your donations. They're all listed over there on the right side of the page.
IF we exceed our goal, we will put that money towards funding a tour to promote the album, and any other promo efforts we can come up with.
We will start recording before the end of this fund-raiser, and we hope to be able to keep going after the deadline passes. So, spread the word, and we'll get to work.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far, and thank you to all of you who took the time to check out our page. Be on the lookout for updates from now until November 1st!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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#1: You receive a limited edition button only given to those who donate.
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#2: You receive a Sidewalk Chalk family photo on a holiday card mailed to your home. Note: This photo is going to be ridiculous. Think Cosby sweaters and a fireplace.
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#3: You get options 1 and 2, plus your name listed in our album's liner notes under "Special Thanks".
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#4: You get options 1, 2, and 3, plus a copy of our album one week before its release date.
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#5: We write a short song about you based on a questionnaire you fill out, and post it online for you and all of your friends to see.
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#6: You get options 1, 2, 3, and 4, plus a private lesson in tap-dancing, piano, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, singing, or composition from a member of the band. If you live in Chicago, this can be at our place or yours. If you live outside of the area, we can do it via video chat. Beginners are welcome!
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#7: You get options 1, 2, 3, and 4, plus a private session in vocal/sound healing from our singer, S-Star.
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#8: You get options 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, plus you get to create a setlist for one of our shows. You will receive a signed, framed copy of one that we used onstage. We'll also put you and a guest on the guest list for that show, and let everyone know that you wrote the list!
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#9: You get options 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, plus you work with our designer (and bass-player), to create a one-off t-shirt unique to you.
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#10: You get options 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, plus a private concert in your home, business, or wherever else you might like music to be played. The donation covers our travel expenses, you just provide us with a place to stay. Note: Must be within 250 miles of Chicago. If you're too far away, donate anyway and we will come up with a comparable reward together.
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You get options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10, plus your name on the guest list for any show we ever play for the rest of our existence. Just let us know you're coming.
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