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A multimedia journey to document and share the music of American cities.  To be available on AmericanMusicProject.org
A multimedia journey to document and share the music of American cities. To be available on AmericanMusicProject.org
197 backers pledged $8,222 to help bring this project to life.

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Every city has a sound.

Our mission is to document and share the distinct musical cultures of American cities.  

We will spend one month in each city, living out of the AMPmobile (our van converted into a studio), documenting festivals, popular venues, street performers, and more.  We will produce videos, photographs, and the AMP Blog to tell our story. Our content will be shared using social media.

Everything will be available, for free, on our webpage: 

AmericanMusicProject.org

We are raising funds for our first installment - Nashville, New Orleans, and Austin TX.  We will use the money for our vehicle expenses, additional recording equipment, and for baseline living expenses.  We hope that merchandise sales and sponsorships will allow us to become self-sustainable.

Our content will take four forms:

Videos -  To make you feel like you are there.    "Welcome to Nashville," "SxSW," "Street Performers of New Orleans," etc.

Photography - Concerts, Portraits, Cityscapes, Behind-the-scenes, etc. to give you a closer look.

The AMP Blog - To chronicle our adventures and insights.

Social Media - We will connect you to our journey, in real-time, using Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, etc.

In the future, we hope to cover more cities, building a rich resource and community for music lovers across America.

Your pledge would make all of this possible.  Please check out our pledge incentives and join this movement to spread the love of music across the country!  If you would rather not pledge, please consider sharing this project with your networks.

If you know any music lovers in these cities that may be interested in talking to us, please connect us!   We may also need an occasional couch to surf on. 

Feel free to email us any time at  info (at) americanmusicproject.org.

Welcome to the American Music Project.

Risks and challenges

1. Surviving on the road.

To stretch our budget, we plan to live and work out of our converted van. This type of lifestyle has its risks.

I have traveled to over a dozen countries on a shoestring budget, developing a safe and steady traveler mentality over the years. Our safety, and the security of the AMPmobile, will be top priority. I have logged thousands of miles driving across the USA, camping and living out of my car, so I know what it is like. I have never been pulled over, been in any sort of accident, or even gotten a parking ticket.

Marie and I also have contacts in each of these cities; places to recharge if things get hairy out there.

2. Finding and delivering the content. What if we can't find any quality music?

We have chosen to go to Austin during SXSW, and New Orleans during Jazzfest - when these cities are positively exploding with music. We are in the process of applying for press passes to these events, which would give us unfettered access to the best music these cities have to offer.

We are also using the free iPhone app Timbre, which compiles and previews all of the live shows happening in any city. - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timbre/id533493750

Then, to capture the magic! We are setting aside nearly $2,000 for additional video and audio recording equipment. Marie Sullivan, our lead videographer, has produced award-winning media, including a documentary on dumpster diving. Eric has been writing, taking photographs, recording live sound, and exploring for years.

3. Living together in a van for three months?

Marie and I share a positive mentality about life. We have been friends for years, and are confident that no personal issues will inhibit our ability to complete this project.

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    Receive access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus a thank-you phone call from Eric or Marie.

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    Receive an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Have your name painted on the AMPmobile! Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Receive a vinyl record from a local record store from the city of your choice. Plus a handwritten postcard! Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Receive a signed print of any of our photographs from the road, chosen by you! Plus a surprise vinyl record. Plus a postcard from the road. Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Eric will record and produce a cover song of your choice, dedicated to you! Plus a signed print of a photograph. Plus a surprise vinyl record. Plus a postcard from the road. Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Receive 4 VIP tickets to the American Music Project party, date and time TBA. Plus a cover song dedicated to you. Plus a signed print of a photograph. Plus a postcard from the road. Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call! But Wait, There's MORE!

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    Receive an acoustic guitar covered with AMP art done by artists on the road. Plus VIP tickets to our future party. Plus a cover song dedicated to you. Plus a signed print of a photograph. Plus a postcard from the road. Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus a thank-you phone call!

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    Pledge $1,500 and YOU get to choose a city that we will document in our next installment! PLUS a hand-painted acoustic guitar. Plus 4 VIP tickets to our future party. Plus a cover song dedicated to you. Plus a signed print of a photograph. Plus a postcard from the road. Plus your name painted on the AMPMobile. Plus access to digital downloads of our photography, videos, and audio clips. Plus an American Music Project T-Shirt. Plus an (extremely enthusiastic!) thank-you phone call!

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Funding period

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