Urban Collective is a music project that connects at-risk urban youth to the mainstream music industry. Think American Idol with a social conscience.
Welcome to Urban Collective™
Urban Collective™ is an internationally acclaimed social enterprise that acts as a catalyst between at-risk youth and the mainstream music industry.
We create a Collective of thirty aspiring artists and producers, chosen from open auditions and empower them to write, record and promote their original music for independent release under expert professional guidance. We also build a self-sustaining community recording studio that remains as a project legacy and manage the “best of’ talent into the mainstream music industry.
Urban Collective™ began in London in 2004 where it soon established a foothold in five major cities (London, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Hull) as British Urban Collective. We have trained over 700 young artists and producers, released five commercially successful albums, won awards and accolades, and seen many artists break into the mainstream music business.
You can learn more about how the project works here.
We Want to Bring Urban Collective™ to the USA and We Need Your Help!
We are thrilled to announce that our first American Urban Collective will be launched in collaboration with The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia, in the very building that was the birthplace of the original American Bandstand!
Your support will enable us to audition 500+ aspiring young people (ages 15-25), select and train 30, record their original music for independent release, perform on a local tour circuit, and build a recording studio which will remain in the community to enable the project's legacy and provide ongoing employment and training. This experience is free to all the kids who participate.
Our plan after Philly is to expand into 15 cities by 2015 with each Urban Collective™ project's creative output interlinked to a dynamic website, a reality TV series, and live gigs.
Because this is Urban Collective, It's All about Community
We want you to be part of the magic the Urban Collective™ creates. Your gift for simply reading about our project is a free download of a special Urban Collective Kickstarter EP featuring tunes from British Urban Collective.
Kickstarter Urban Collective Special EP by slboval
Check Out Our Insanely Cool Rewards!
We hope you will be inspired by what you see here and help us get a start in the USA. Once we get Philly rolling, we'll bring the project all over the United States to YOUR neighborhood! We've set our funding goal at $20,000 but need more to get Philly up and running, so please be generous and get involved!
Want More Info?
Check out our website for project updates, blog posts, pictures, and plans. More information is being added every day! Visit American Urban Collective
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If you have questions, want to learn more about what we're doing, or just want to say hey, please get in touch.
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Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 10, 2010.
Oct 14, 2010 - Dec 1, 2010
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Pledge $5 or more
You get: A link to download a pre-release American Urban Collective mix EP; We’ll list your name as a supporter on our website
Pledge $10 or more
You get: A numbered Ltd edition first pressing American Urban Collective CD (5,000 copies only); We’ll list your name as a supporter on our website
Pledge $25 or more
You get: A signed copy of the numbered Ltd edition, first pressing American Urban Collective album (5,000 copies only); A link to an exclusive American Urban Collective “outtakes” download EP; An American Urban Collective poster; We’ll list your name as a supporter on our website
Pledge $50 or more
You get everything listed at the $25 level plus: A ticket to the American Urban Collective gig nearest to your hometown; We’ll list your name into the album artwork on our Kickstarter Super Fans page
Pledge $100 or more
You get everything listed at the $50 level plus: 2 tickets to the American Urban Collective gig nearest to your hometown; An American Urban Collective T shirt
Pledge $150 or more
You get everything listed at the $100 level plus: You’ll be the lucky owner of an artist's handwritten lyrics from the recording sessions. Imagine how valuable this will be when they've made it big!
Pledge $250 or more
You'll get everything listed at the $150 level plus: A signed Ltd edition series of photographs from the making of the album (150 sets only); Four tickets to the American Urban Collective gig nearest to your hometown
Pledge $500 or more
You get everything listed at the $250 level plus: Party backstage with the band after the gig! Get four tickets to the American Urban Collective gig nearest to your home town with backstage / after show passes where it’s all night free food/bev and party time with the American Urban Collective. (Must be 21+). You’ll go home with all a goody bag of all the treats described above.
Pledge $1,000 or more
You get everything listed at the $250 level plus: Hit the studio! Hang out with the American Urban Collective in the studio while they record their album. We’ll pick you up from the nearest airport, train or bus station and whisk you over to the studio where you’ll spend all day with the American Urban Collective and see firsthand how the artists write and record their album. You’ll leave with exclusive personal photos of the day and all the goodies described above. (This reward is good for groups up to 4.)
Pledge $3,500 or more
You get everything listed at the $250 level plus: American Urban Collective House gig! An American Urban Collective artist will come to your home with a portable PA system and they will perform an exclusive gig for you and your friends! And, they’ll bring a goody bag with them that includes all the goodies described above. (This reward does not include transportation costs to get to your house.)
Pledge $5,000 or more
You get everything listed at the $250 level plus: Sponsor a Studio! Your name will be etched forever in brass over the door of the recording studio as this package helps create the studios where all the magic happens. You will have an open invite to visit the studio during the album recording sessions to check in on the progress of the American Urban Collective. Oh, and goodies!
Pledge $10,000 or more
You get everything listed at the $250 level plus: Be an A&R mogul! Cultivate the professional development of an American Urban Collective artist. Your money will be spent recording and releasing the first professional single from an American Urban Collective artist complete with video and national press, radio and Internet campaign. You will receive weekly campaign reports on the artist’s progress and will have VIP access (+2) to any and all of the artist’s gigs. Your name will appear in the credits on the single’s artwork as Executive Producer. And goodies galore!