As a music education major, I have had to sit through a lot of concerts. I mean, a lot. And while I enjoy the music, I often sit through them wondering what could make them more appealing to a larger majority of people:
- We need to increase concert attendance. And we can do this by making concerts more visually stimulating. We are now a society that is constantly shifting our attention by the second. By contrast, the traditional concert setting has not changed in over 100 years. We need to evolve and adapt this arts form as society changes.
When Syracuse's symphony orchestra was forced to close, it made me think about how we can encourage people to fund the arts, as ticket sales really don't make up the majority of an arts organization's revenue:
- We need to inspire people and give them a reason to fund our art, besides just for "art's sake". The focus of this project is on becoming an active ally as an empowered bystander in an instance of bullying, a topic that I am very passionate about as a future educator. Do a simple internet search with the keywords "suicide" and "bullying" and you will discover why it is so important to teach our youth to stop this behavior.
Drawing a diverse range of talents, my creative team has taught our instrumentalists to dance and act in order to tell a story, while playing their instruments. We’re taking typically static instruments and making them mobile, adding that much needed visual aesthetic to instrumental performance.
The topic of this project is on becoming an active ally in the instance of bullying, a topic that I am very passionate about as a future educator. I believe that music performance can be used to inspire people, and I hope that Uncommon Action can be an example of that.
Interest in Uncommon Action has been so great, especially from local youth groups, that I’ve had to add a second performance due to theater capacity. I’ve received some funding from my university, but I really need the last $1000 to make our second performance happen. Any amount that you can give to help would be appreciated. And if you could please share my kickstarter page to help get the message out, that would be great too. Thanks!
Risks and challenges
The main risk we face is in adding a second performance. Originally, we were going to have a dress rehearsal and performance all in one day, but the interest in attending the performance was so high that I bumped the dress rehearsal back to the night before and added a matinee. To do this, I had to compensate the performers a bit more and pay the venue more. The performance is free to attend, so my funding cannot be compensated with ticket sales. However, I feel very blessed that so many people want to see the performance!
The biggest challenge we have is that we need to finalize how all of the instruments will be mobilized. This includes the cello, snare drum, bass drum, tuba, and bassoon. The bassoon and tuba have received body straps and the bass drum is using a marching set-up. The snare will be rigged up similarly. However, the engineer that was supposed to design the cello mobility device (and cover the cost) has backed out. Therefore, I am relying on a very trusted and talented friend to figure something out for me this winter break.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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