Coming off of a successful Kickstarter campaign where I raised funds for an album of my original compositions, I thought about what would come next. My publicist and friend, Michael Levine, said.."Sarah, I think you are ripe for a tribute album...people love them. Think about a singer/songwriter who you have admired and see if his or her music (if it isn't jazz), will translate to your genre". This from a man who has represented 38 Grammy Award Winners. I was off and running. I had pondered this idea in the past but felt that every jazz giant had been covered in a tribute album through the years. And then I had it. Janis Ian. Does that sound like a strange marriage to you? The Grammy winning folk artist who's 1976 hit, "At Seventeen", has resonated with listeners for decades. It was a perfect fit. I had loved her music as a teenager and I continue to love it as an adult. Her body of work is tremendous, rich in content both musically and lyrically, and there is great evidence of jazz roots in much of her writing. The idea of crossing genres is very appealing to me and I believe this will be an album that makes a statement while reinvigorating a conversation about Ms. Ian's magical songs. So, I decided I should contact Janis, and she not only offered to open her catalogue of unrecorded songs to me, but also offered to try co-writing a song for this album if I could make it to Nashville and our schedules worked. Well, they do.We've got the time booked, and as you can see from the items I'm offering, the project has her support!
Music and artistry aside, let's break down what it will take to make this record.
Here is a rounded down and accurate breakdown of expenses. And remember: I funded my last album and came in exactly on budget.
Recording studio time and Engineering fees: $4000
Mixing and Mastering: $1000
Musician's session fees (most likely a total of 5-6 musicians): $5000
Transcribed sheet music: Aprox. 12 songs at $40 a song: $480
Musical Arrangements: Probably minimal for a few songs: $300
Three days of travel for writing time with Janis. Coach air and an amazing deal to stay at Scarritt Bennett, thanks to Janis' relationship with them!): $700
CD Photography and videography: $1200
CD design, production and delivery: $3500 (1000 CDs)
Radio Promotion: $2000
Promo CD Mailings for Press and Radio: $1050
3 months of marketing and publicity : $10,000
Kickstarter fee: 5% of funded project
Amazon fee: 3- 5% of funded project (credit card fees)
Now, take a look at the rewards that I am offering for your support. Keep in mind, your pledges are not collected or distributed unless we reach 100% of our goal.
One more note:
For those who participated in funding my last album, you may have noticed that it was released by Origin Records. One should know that in today's musical world, most independent record companies do NOT in any way fund projects. Artists must come to a record label with a finished product in hopes of having that company furnish distribution and some publicity. I will again try to secure an established label, but it is no longer necessary or an indication of a successful album. If you have any further questions about the project, please contact me through this site or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ.
Risks and challenges
Risks? Challenges? We will only be taking musical risks and challenges. If funded, this album will be made. It will sound great and look great. No risks for you supporters. All the risk is on me putting this out in front of the public. But...I do that every time I sing.... :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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