All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for Urbana’s community members and supports their exploration in monthly workshops. This Kickstarter Campaign is specifically for the pilot workshop of it in April 2016. The pilot workshop is critical to the success of All Score Urbana’s main program (in the Fall and Winter) because it will allow us to create promotional tools online and in print with documentation from a typical workshop session.
Because we believe the best way to learn is by doing, the best way to explain the program as a whole is to show how an actual workshop would work. We want to make it clear to the community what a welcoming, effective and fun time they can have dropping in and composing with us. As part of this approach, we want to create an appealing web-based platform to support traditional promotional outreach we will do. The financial support we receive in this Kickstarter campaign will make these goals a reality.
About the Program:
All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for Urbana’s community members and supports their exploration in monthly workshops. It is open to all and welcomes curious music makers of all ages, experience levels, and stylistic preferences. All Score Urbana is partnering with Urbana Free Library to create a visible meeting space for this series of workshops. We want to create stable opportunities to support Urbana residents as they exercise their own creative voices.
The monthly workshops feature a team of artistic coaches who are ready to play and discuss community members’ developing musical works. The team includes composer Ralph Lewis, University of Illinois’s bassoon quartet Standard Rep, and harpist Molly O’Roark.
The Pilot’s Cost Breakdown is:
$150 for Ensemble/Artistic Coaches
$35 for documentation and building a website to promote the main program
$15 for Materials (Paper/Pencils/Crayons)
(Should we raise funds that exceed our stated fundraising goal, we will use them to expand on and improve our documentation of the pilot as well as create a more in-depth website with sharper design features.)
More about the Main Program:
In addition to personalized compositional discussions, the workshop is built to uniquely explore musical questions and ignite new creativity: by being present with their instruments, the coaches can immediately try out new melodies or harmonies and give feedback that may help the community composer get to the next version of their piece. Even if the community composer is writing for other instruments, advice and insights from the team’s experience as orchestral and operatic musicians would be offered.
At each month’s workshop, staff paper, pencils, crayons, and skilled performers is ready for Urbana’s residents. The workshops are community member-focused: they are designed to make space for those who come with already written ideas they want to try or try again this month, as well as the curious person dropping in, who can start writing with the provided materials or asking the coaches musical questions of all kinds.
The possibilities for what Urbana makes are quite broad: longtime music lovers can become comfortable with the process sharing their own music with others, new musicians can add to their growing list of skills by exploring this facet of making music, aspiring college music majors can begin understanding core performance technique, music theory and compositional concepts with the direct access to our artistic coaches, and generations of a family can explore what it means to be creative in their own way in the same space. Perhaps even write a new family theme song!
Community members who eventually compose a musical work would be able to opt-in to All Score Urbana’s concert in March 2017 and receive a sound recording and a bound copy of their piece to commemorate their hard work. In addition, website would be maintained not only to provide information about the program for interested visitors, but as a gathering point to share community composers’ works and document moments they felt were beneficial or informative as a resource for others.
All Score Urbana is based on the central idea that empowerment and understanding of self can be encouraged through offering opportunities to actively participate in new and different skills. The open-door policy is deliberately chosen to welcome curious walk-in participants who want to try composing on the spot for the first time, in addition to the community members who are taking advantage of the recurring workshops. A larger social goal of All Score Urbana is to give as many positive first or formative experiences being creative when writing music for other musicians in its low stress environment and artistically knowledgeable and curious featured performers and artistic coaches.
Risks and challenges
Potential challenges we may encounter are more in the ensuing program than in this pilot version of the workshop, especially in making the monthly scheduling transparent, regular and accessible to the public.
We will have to make sure our program is given booked space at the iocal library in a regular manner to give the community enough awareness of when the following sessions are, as well as adapt when we need to accommodate the other great community resources Urbana Free Library supports.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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