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Help us expand our mission of presenting faith-based, artisan-quality music - with a new website, new branding, & new content strategy!
Help us expand our mission of presenting faith-based, artisan-quality music - with a new website, new branding, & new content strategy!
223 backers pledged $16,479 to help bring this project to life.

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UNDER THE RADAR IS... 
a community that celebrates soul-enriching, well-crafted, faith-inspired music. We are primarily a media ministry, creating videos, podcasts, articles, & albums to connect discerning listeners with artisan-quality songwriters. We also plan special events, fundraisers, concerts, tours, and music festivals.  And, oh yeah, UTR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as well.

WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH A BIG, NEW VISION...
to modify our approach in order to fulfill our mission with today's media consumer in mind.  We plan to offer more high-quality video content, a new mobile-friendly website, updated branding, new podcast strategy, and more album compilations. We are hoping to become one of the leading voices in Christian independent music.

YOU ARE BACKING UTR'S CREATIVE RELAUNCH...
and the one-time expenses beyond our normal operational expenses. This campaign will specifically provide the following items that will benefit the whole UTR community:


* A new (good) website is not cheap, but worth every penny because it's the organization's welcome mat. We'll be building a robust and beautiful site worthy of a leading media organization. Plus going mobile-friendly is a much needed change for UTR!
* New branding will help modernize the look and feel of the organization. Good branding is vital in attracting a new audience.
* New video content will be a large-scale strategy for sharing well-crafted music moving forward. On-demand high-quality video is in high demand, and UTR can be a leader for faith-inspired independent music.
* New audio content will continue to be produced, but not within the confinements of a syndicated radio program. Our audio content will be more free-form and might even take some new creative directions.
* Our multi-artist compilation albums are the #1 way people are interacting with UTR - even more than our radio show - according to a May 2016 survey. This campaign will help us launch FIVE new NoiseTrade-style compilation albums.
* Stage 1 of launching a 24-hour music channel begins with research and development, including possible equipment upgrades. This campaign will get the ball rolling on seeing this long-term dream fulfilled. 


HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN ON FUNDING OUR CREATIVE RELAUNCH:

 

AND IF THE GOAL IS EXCEEDED...
things get even more interesting. Introducing two stretch goals!

STRETCH GOAL #1 - $17,700+
If we exceed this stretch goal, UTR will produce a tribute album honoring the late, great Rich Mullins (2017 will be the 20th anniversary of his passing), featuring remakes of Rich's music by UTR artists.  Every Kickstarter backer (level 3 & up) will receive a free download of the album when complete (target August 2017).

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $20,000+
If we exceed this stretch goal, UTR will use the funds to turn 1/2 of the office space at UTR into a mini video studio, where many future UTR interviews and live performances can be filmed.

 

Under The Radar Radio is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. According to IRS Regulations, no gift or services can be exchanged for a tax-deductible donation. Therefore, funding in exchange for a reward tier does not qualify for a tax write-off, however all funds will be directed into the non-profit ministry. To make a tax-deductible donation to UTR, please visit www.supportUTR.com.  [Making a pledge "without a reward" at the top of the page does qualify as a tax-deductible donation!]

Risks and challenges

As with every Kickstarter campaign, we must reach 100%+ of the goal to receive a single penny of funding... it's all or nothing. Honestly, our biggest risk is that a successful campaign gives folks the feeling that UTR is no longer in need of new financial support. As a non-profit organization that has NO government funding, we rely on the generosity of ministry supporters (YOU!) to survive, grow, and thrive. While the Kickstarter funding can help us pay for the above-and-beyond expenses that go with implementing our vision strategy, these funds do not support our operational expenses. We hope that our need for sustaining support is not lost if we have a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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    LEVEL 1 - SONG-A-MONTH + UPDATES

    You will get 1 curated free song download per month thru our eNewsletter + Backer-only email and video updates

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    LEVEL 2 - PREVIEW + INTERVIEW + ABOVE

    You will get a one week early release download of all 5 of our exclusive multi-artist compilation albums in 2017, an early preview of our first "relaunch" video (in FEB), and an unreleased recording of a 1-hour interview session with Eric Peters, Chris & Jenna, and Joel Ansett + THE PREVIOUS LEVEL

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    LEVEL 3 - MEGA BOX SET + STRETCH + ABOVE

    You will receive a download of our exclusive UTR Mega Box Set - 40 artists donated 40 individual songs (several are unreleased exclusives), and in our celebration post of a (hopefully) successful campaign we will give a shoutout to all backers at Level 3 and up + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS. [All Level 3 and up backers qualify for receiving the stretch goal rewards.]

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    LEVEL 4 - 4 CONCERT DOWNLOADS + ABOVE

    You will receive a download of FOUR exclusive Live concert sets recorded at UTR events - includes concerts by Ginny Owens, Matt Brouwer, Joy Ike, & The Vespers + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    LEVEL 5 - UNRELEASED LIVE ALBUMS + ABOVE

    You will receive a download of FIVE exclusive LIVE albums produced by UTR and unreleased to the general public - includes live albums by Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson, Burlap To Cashmere, Christopher Williams, & Eric Peters + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    LEVEL 6 - SONGWRITING 101 + ABOVE

    You will receive a download of over FIVE HOURS of exclusive LIVE audio focused on the craft of songwriting (amazing content for budding artists and music appreciators) - includes teaching, coaching, and live performances by Andy Gullahorn, Ginny Owens, The Gray Havens, Jess Ray, Christopher Williams, & Taylor Leonhardt + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    LEVEL 7 - 14 CURATED ALBUMS + ABOVE

    You will receive a download of the following FOURTEEN full-length albums (yes, all 14 of them): *Dead Man Walking - John Tibbs, *Fire & Stone - The Gray Havens, *Sentimental Creatures - Jess Ray, *Echo Boom - The Farewell Drifters, *Feed Your Soul - Christa Wells, *Chrome - Eric Peters, *Hymns, Prayers, & Invitations - Rick Lee James, *Controlled Burn - Melody Olson, *The City Makes The Man - Christopher Williams, *Promised Land - Jessi McNeal, *Setting Sail - Mr. & Mrs. Something, *The Reintroduction of Nick Flora - Nick Flora, *Almanac, No.1 - Giants & Pilgrims, *Bright Came The Words From His Mouth - Matthew Clark + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    LEVEL 8 - ALL 360+ UTR EPISODES + ABOVE

    You will receive 32 GB Flash Drive loaded with ALL the UTR Radio Shows ever produced (360+ episodes over 8 years). Easily load any of the MP3 files onto your phone, tablet, or desktop + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    LEVEL 9 - PRIVATE SKYPE CONCERT + ABOVE

    You will receive a 45-60 minute private Skype concert for you, your friends, & your family - where you can personally interact with the artist and make requests. Backers will be able to choose one artist from this list (first backer gets the first choice, and so forth): Jenny & Tyler, Lauren Mann, Tanya Godsey, Nick Flora, Christa Wells, Randall Goodgame, John Tibbs, Gracie Schram, Sara Beth Go, Jessi McNeal, Andrew Greer, Mr. & Mrs. Something, Joy Ike, Christopher Williams, Anthony Quails, Son of Laughter, Rick Lee James, Adrian Mathenia, The Mosleys, Alison Brook + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    LEVEL 10 - MUSIC MAN-CAVE + ABOVE

    Forget your local sports teams, turn your rec room, office, studio, bedroom, or dorm room into a gourmet music zone! You will receive TEN framed and autographed UTR concert posters - featuring Burlap To Cashmere, Colony House, Mike Farris, Andrew Peterson, Ginny Owens, SHEL, Jenny & Tyler, Escape To The Lake, among others + ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS

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    LEVEL 11 - GUEST SPEAKER + LEVELS 1-9

    UTR Founder Dave Trout will come to your church, school, small group, or event as a guest speaker. Topics can include "Seeking God's Calling," "Beauty in the Kingdom," "The Value of Good Art," "Songs That Changed My Life," or sermons on "Spiritual Fruit" or "Perseverance." Pledge tier includes a $200 travel stipend (some locations may require additional travel cost) + ALL LEVELS #1-9

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    LEVEL 12 - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + LEV.1-9

    You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on YouTube, NoiseTrade, & UTR's Website on ALL the new video productions and multi-artist download albums in the year 2017 (over 25 projects overall) + ALL LEVELS #1-9

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    LEVEL 13 - ROBIN HOOD + LEVELS 1-9 & 12

    You want to be generous toward UTR's future ministry, and we will allow your generosity to affect each and every UTR Kickstarter backer that gave at LEVEL 3 and up ($30+). A portion of your gift will provide a high-quality t-shirt exclusively designed for this Kickstarter campaign that states "This shirt provided by UTR's 'Robin Hood'... [Your Name]!" Not only will you be the backers' t-shirt hero, but your gift will help us reach the campaign goal much quicker + ALL LEVELS #1-9 & 12

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Funding period

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