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United People - first album and trip to festival in New York

5 girls from Ukraine have the dream to publish their first album and take part in a music festival in the United States in March 2017.

United People - first album and trip to festival in New York

5 girls from Ukraine have the dream to publish their first album and take part in a music festival in the United States in March 2017.

€38
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, February 11 2017 10:38 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 11, 2017

About

Hello!

We are five girls who united in the girls band, which is called the United People. We sing in the genre of Neo A Capella. This means that during our performances we do not use any musical instruments, we sing only with our voices. This kind of singing is called a cappella.

Thanks to our hard work, from the very first year of United People`s existence we have won several international competitions of a cappella singing. And each year our group takes first prizes at prestigious music festivals. 

This year we have completed the study, and we want to continue our concert activity professionally. Unfortunately, we do not have a producer and we find it hard to organize a tour by ourselves. Recently, our team was invited to the United States to participate in Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, which will be held in March 2017, the 18th, in New York.

The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

We are convinced that American citizens will enjoy the performances of our group.

But for realization of the trip to the United States we need $ 16,000.

We really want to perform there, but unfortunately, it is unreal for us without any help from the side, because we live in Ukraine, and we have neither producer nor rich relatives. Today Ukraine has one of the worst terms of life in Europe.

Therefore, we decided to appeal to the citizens of other countries on the "Kickstarter" and ask them to provide financial assistance to our group, "United People".

If we collect $ 16,000, part of the money we will pay for the production of 50-minute video album, which will include 13 of our songs . This video album we are pleased to present to those who want to give us financial support.

As our musical ensemble consists of five singers, it is also called the vocal quintet. During the performance on stage, we use microphones. It is often misleading our listeners. Many people can not believe that we do not use pre-recorded soundtrack. They find it difficult to believe what they hear from the scene only voices of girls, so naturally we represent percussion or, for example, simulate a difficult trumpet solos.

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We live in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. In 2009, when we were only teenagers, schoolgirls and studied singing in music schools, famous Ukrainian composer Alexey Proshchenkow gathered us into a group. He is not only a wonderful and very patient teacher. For our group he composes music and writes original arrangements. Exploring the origins of folk art, our leader popularizes it, making modern, unique treatments that are popular with people from different countries.

We sing our songs on different languages. Today we have Ukrainian, Russian, English, Indian, Chinese songs. Each of it is a small musical performance.

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Since we’ve created this group, it has became the winner of the international competition. And the next five years, we've taken first prizes and the Grand Prix at the prestigious international vocal and jazz competitions. We try to be active in our concert activity. In 2016, according to The Ukrainian A Capella Battle, the team became the best in the genre of A Capella and also received a special award for the best arrangement.

Several times we were on the same stage with the legendary A Capella groups Ball In The House (USA) and OMMM (France).

We are very proud that the United People entered the eight best jazz a capella ensembles by the version of the European "Tuscia in Jazz".

In the summer of 2016 our group successfully presented Ukraine at the China International Choir Festival, the biggest choral festival in the world.

The last concert of United People was held in November 2016 in Kiev, in the Caribbean Club Concert-Hall. The concert was filmed by the TV company "Tonis" and you can see some performances of this concert on this site.

United People’s participation in festivals and contests:

International Music Contest "Vivat Art", Ukraine 2010

International Song Festival "The Southern Express", Ukraine (Crimea) 2010

International Song Contest "Art Premium", Ukraine 2011

International Song Competition "Golden Talents of the World", Ukraine 2011

International Jazz Contest "Jaliton", Ukraine (Crimea) 2012

International Jazz Contest "Vinnytsia Jazz", Ukraine 2012

Jazz Festival "Winter Jazz Meetings", Ukraine 2013

International Jazz Festival "Vinnytsia Jazz", Ukraine 2013

Jazz Festival "Jazz at the Philarmonic", Ukraine 2013

International Jazz Festival "Jazz Summer Camp", Bulgaria 2014

International Jazz Competition "Tuscia in Jazz" (Online selection), Italy 2014

Television Show "X-Factor", Ukraine 2014 Ukrainian concert tour - 2014

Ukrainian concert tour - 2015 А Capella Battle, Ukraine 2016

China International Choir Festival, China 2016

These are some links to our videos or performances:

This is our first victory at the jazz festival in 2013. We were very pleased when the jury from Italy gave a standing ovation to us at the end of our performance! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foZX1V24kYA

In 2014, the United People participated in the Ukrainian television vocal competition X-Factor. Our team has received high praise from the judges and the viewers. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojvRT4wpWr4 

And this is our version of the national anthem of Ukraine. We have tried to sing it very gently and soulfully. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tp01PzF14E 

In 2016 we won the Ukrainian A Capella Battle, and became the best group in the genre of A Capella, this is the video from the gala concert of the festival. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NezkDuahSVI 

We love to sing with the audience, this is a video from the concert in Beijing: music is the language which is understood all over the world!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTdFDktpveE 

Lovely song "Magic Moments" sung by us. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kRacotKBmg 

The festival we really want participate to. 

http://www.harmony-sweepstakes.com/newyork/

Though we are girls, but we're disciplined.

We have distributed among us the responsibilities that will be fulfilled in case if we collect the necessary sum thanks to the "Kickstarter”. Who will do all this work? Our head Oleksiy Proshchenkow has many students and a lot of friends who are willing to help us:

WITH THE SKETCH OF OUR GIFT – T-SHIRT - the world famous artist Alexander Belozor will help us. He is known because he has painted nearly 100 paintings under water in the sea! Alexander painted a huge picture under water and 18.12.2010 about him was written in Guinness World Records.

https://www.facebook.com/underwaterart

Alexander happily agreed to create the picturesque design of our T-shirts. Our friend the artist is a very busy man, but he promised us to make sketches for the t-shirts in March. He already has some interesting ideas.

PRODUCTION OF THE VIDEO ALBUM - with this case Fedor Lebedev, a great friend of our head, wants to help us. He is an professional director and experienced cameraman in documentary filmmaking. Those videos that you see on our page in the "Kickstarter" are made by Fedor. He directed the filming of our last concert and filmed 13 of our songs for the Ukrainian TV company "TONIS". Our team created all these songs and/or arrangements. However, in agreement with the broadcaster, our team yet hasn't got copyright on this video. If we collect the necessary sum thanks to the "Kickstarter”, we will buy all rights without any problems. And the director Fedor Lebedev wants to formalize all these materials in our first video album. He has all the necessary equipment and experience for it. The money needed to send an album as a gift we have mentioned into our estimate.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfYT8D5IwfXccfaLyorFfg

All issues, related to the promotion of our project on "Kickstarter", are implemented by the fan of our creativity and longtime friend of Fedor Lebedev - Dr. Jürgen Roloff from Germany.

TERMS of our project:

  • From 10th January to 10th February - with the help of "Kickstarter" we hope to collect the necessary sum.  
  •  from 10th February to 5th March - the team will help us to produce our own version of the video album of the concert consisting of 13 songs.  
  • 18th March - in the case of our luck, we will perform in New York.  
  •  up to the end of April 2016 - we promise to send gifts to everyone who helped us financially.


Our Financial plan (Estimate) is $ 24,000

It includes:

  • Expenses for the trip to the United States for six people: $ 13,500
  • Payment of the 19% taxes and expenses by our manager in Germany: $ 3,798  
  • Registration of rights and production of own version of the video album of the United People’s concert (13 songs), which was recorded in November 2016: $ 1,900  
  • The cost of making 400 units. video albums for gifts: $ 1,260  
  • The cost of postal shipments of gifts (albums, posters, T-shirts): $ 1,100  
  • 5% of basic expenses for Kickstarter: $ 1,200  
  • 5% of the bank services: $ 1,200

Risks and challenges

FOR THIS PROJECT THERE MIGHT BE ONE PROBLEM

- even if we are lucky enough to collect the requested amount, it does not guarantee that the US embassy in Kiev gives our team visas to travel to the US music festival. Unfortunately, this can happen in our country. In this case it affects:
- creative ambitions and interests of our group;
- those of our sponsors who might donate to us the amount of $ 2000 dollars and more. Because without a trip to the US we can’t meet with these people in New York and sing to them personally. Of course, our duty is to return these people the money that they spent on us. And our team promises to make it!

But even in the case of cancellation of our trip to a festival in New York, money, which left after the money back, will be enough to buy copyrights on the videos and to make the necessary editing of video and audio albums, make T-shirts and send all these gifts for your addresses!
In the case of the inability of getting visas, we guarantee in the good name of our team "UNITED PEOPLE" that within one month after receiving the money we will produce and send promised gifts to all addresses of our sponsors.
We plan to make this work by the April 2017.

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    We will send you our UP T-shirt and a signed CD - a video album with 13 songs in mp4 (HD video) + a poster of our group with our personal signatures. This CD is a video of our last concert in 2016, in the Caribbean Club. Our performances were recorded by professional TV company. You can see some parts of the concert on the our "Kickstarter" page. And, of course, we will publish on our website and on the social nets words of gratitude for you and send you our video greeting!

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