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About this project

We are YoungVoices/BigSounds.

YVBS is a music organization dedicated to providing dynamic instruction and opportunity to young people in New York City and beyond. Since our founding in 2010, we've worked with over 3500 young people, ages 4-22, through partnerships with 20+ schools, organizations, foundations, and companies. 

Beyond partnerships, we’ve evolved into a collective of young voices who love making music, and who strive to perform and record music in new ways and for bigger audiences.

We’ve written over 40 original songs, and are composing new hits as you read this.

In 2017, YoungVoices will create our first album of original music. The songs will be 

and you can be a part of it.

Your tax-deductible contribution will pay for the equipment, studio time, and expertise (producing, engineering, mixing, mastering, etc.) needed to bring the album to life. If we really CRUSH this crowdfunding campaign, funds will additionally pay for music videos and an album release concert at a New York City theater.  

In return for your investment, you’ll receive custom rewards like t-shirts, posters, music lessons, personalized videos, and concerts in your living room (or wherever else you choose). Most importantly, you’ll receive the music we’ve created, and in this you’ll be receiving our energy, our passion, our creativity, and our hopes and dreams.

Contribute to the YVBS 2017 Album, and then follow us on social media to see the magic behind the music.  

The Young Voices Album 2017 project will culminate in a CD and digital stream/download of incredible music, written by members of YoungVoices/BigSounds, recorded at professional NYC studios, and funded by YOU!

Step 1: “Mini Studio” @ YVBS Partner Sites 

We’ll create portable “mini studios” at 4 YVBS sites, complete with the fundamental equipment needed for basic recording and music production (interface, mic, headphones, USB keyboard, cables, etc.) This will allow us to take our work to another level; more technology, more creativity, more songs, more learning, more sounds. 

Step 2: Recording Dates at Professional NYC Studios 

We’ll have a budget for 10 full-day “lockouts” at NYC studios! The most dedicated, passionate, talented Young Voices of all ages (elementary school all the way up to College-aged alumni) will have the unforgettable experience of recording in a real studio, with a trained engineer.

Step 3: Mixing and Mastering 

We’ll select the best 10-15 songs for full mix & master post-production and inclusion on final album. 

Step 4: Physical Album and Digital Distribution 

We’ll press 500 CD’s and prepare tracks for distribution on iTunes, Bandcamp, etc. 

Step 5: Album Release and Fulfillment of Rewards

Additional Steps (If we exceed initial fundraising goal):

Step 6: Music Videos 

We’ll work with NYC production companies Resonant Pictures and SpinTheVerb Productions to create stylized music videos for 2-3 of the best tracks from the album 

Step 7: Album Release Concert 

Backers will sit front row at an Album Release Concert at a beautiful NYC theater

Risks and challenges

Our timeline goals:

- January 2017: Successfully achieve or exceed Kickstarter funding goal
- February 2017: Begin Recording Album
- June 2017: Complete and Release Album
- Summer 2017: Fulfill Rewards (certain rewards can be fulfilled earlier)
- Fall 2017: Album Release Concert

We'll do everything in our power to stick to this timeline, and are confident we will.

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    "I Need a Dollar" (Aloe Blacc Reward)

    Your name on the website and CD jacket "Thank You" Pages

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    "10 Bands" (Drake Reward)

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    "25 Miles" (Edwin Starr Reward)

    All of the above (Drake Reward) + Physical Album (CD) + Personalized Thank You Card from one of the kids

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    "The Benjamins" (P Diddy Reward)

    All of the above ("50 Cent Reward") + 2 Bonus Tracks (digital download) + Autographed Vintage 11"x17" YVBS poster

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    "250 to Half a Million" (Jay Z Reward)

    All of the above (P Diddy Reward) + 1 free voice lesson with YVBS Founder Ian Jones

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    "500 Miles" (The Proclaimers Reward)

    All of the Above (Jay Z Reward) + Invitation to YVBS Studio Session in NYC (Join us in the studio and add harmony, bongo, claps, snaps, woops, shouts, etc. to the album)

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    "1000 Stacks" (Nelly Reward)

    All of the above (Proclaimers Reward) + Private Party Performance by 2-3 members of The Family Jones (NYC soul band, led by YVBS Founder Ian Jones)

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    "3005" (Childish Gambino Reward)

    All of the above (Nelly Reward) + Private Party Concert (full show, full band, location within 2 hours drive of NYC) by The Family Jones (NYC soul band, led by YVBS Founder Ian Jones)

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Funding period

- (34 days)