About this project
FUNDED! THANK YOU! AND YOU CAN STILL DONATE!
We are humbled and grateful for all the support and feel so privileged to now be heading for our stretch goals!
We have met our target funding goal and we are now aiming for our stretch goals. Woo-hoo! Thank you for all the support! Our base funding covers the basic costs of producing the album, running the campaign, and putting some basic marketing and promotion behind it. There is so much more we can do!
The stretch goals enable us to fund things like legal costs, additional promotion, marketing and distribution costs, venue costs for the stage show, and pay for the artists (all of whom are donating their time to this).
Please read below for detail on what the financial goals cover (all the way down the page you will find the budget section which details all the line items and approximate costs).
Plus you will find the description of the project, information on all the participants involved, and the juicy rewards you will receive.
OUR FINANCIAL GOALS
For all the details on the exact budget line items, please scroll down.
Our target goal is $14,950 - FUNDED!
Our first stretch goal is $24,950
Our second stretch goal is $34,950
Meeting our goal enables us to produce a 13-track album professionally, release the album on a small label, put some basic marketing and promotion behind it, as well as cover the costs of the campaign.
Meeting our first stretch goal would enable us to put even more marketing and promotion behind this project to reach a wider audience and to put important legal agreements and structures in place. It would also enable us to cover the costs of producing a professional stage show featuring top talent in the Fall (including venue rental, costuming, and visuals).
Meeting our second stretch goal would ensure costs are covered and would enable me to pay the artists, all of whom are donating their time to this project so far. I'd like to give the musical artists $400 each, the choreographers $300 each, the dancers $100 each. This is still a small upfront amount for all of us but adds up to $10,000 because of all the people involved! So often the artists are not paid or barely paid for their offerings - I'd love to have everyone feel like their energy and creativity is being supported financially too.
Here's a little video where I talk more about what we would do with the extra funds:
ABOUT FEMININE MEDICINE
Feminine Medicine is an original album project, stage show, and a platform to feature more female artistry in the electronic dance music industry. The album will feature 13 original songs that are collaborations between Electronic Music Producer, ALIA, and at least 16 other female vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers. The stage show will be created to the music of the album in partnership with at least 10 professional choreographers and dancers.
As a rising female electronic music artist and DJ, I have been blessed with many opportunities to perform at conscious events and on big festival stages. When I looked around I noticed there were not a lot of women on the line-up with me and that in the broader industry, only 3 of the Top 100 DJs in the world are women.
Around the planet there are still many domains and industries that have not included as many women - the DJ-driven, electronic music industry has been one such domain. This has become a buzz topic amongst my peers.
I saw an opportunity to bring women together to create a project that can create ripples beyond what each of us might be able to create ourselves and shine the spotlight on the incredible talents of the women involved by featuring us together. I also saw an opportunity to create beautiful music that can move both hearts and bodies and men and women on the dance floor.
I have grown up with electronic dance music as a dancer and in recent years as a musical artist. I know that for me and thousands of people, dance floor experiences can be transcendent and healing. They can bring people together and help us tap into the ecstasy of life. I think this can be even more powerful when we feature both women and men guiding the experience.
For Burning Man 2014 I offered the first public expression of Feminine Medicine that featured dance music created by other women along with my own original songs. I invited multiple dancers and vocalists of all styles to perform with me.
This was such a hit that I set to work to bring together a group of women who felt called to collaborate on an album of original music with me under the same Feminine Medicine name.
This vision is what you see here.
WHY AREN'T THERE MORE WOMEN?
People say that there aren't as many women to book on the big dance-driven stages.
I have a theory: I've worked with women very closely for over a decade as a facilitator and coach and I have noticed that women are struggling with personal confidence. They often don't feel safe to be fully expressed which can hamper their creative expression. This is often why we don't see them stepping on to the stage as much as the men.
I have become passionate about supporting women to move through their inner experience of their limitations so that they can feel safe to step out and let this project be an inspiration and a model for how women can come together to support each other to create great art and grow our careers.
A NEW KIND OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
I've developed my career in a musical sub-culture inspired by Burning Man and the wave of festivals called "bass music" where a wider range of musical styles and tempos are being represented.
Being a DJ that loves to play music with a lot of bass but that also has a lot of healing harmonies, I am creating an album that is both danceable and sacred, that shows that more "feminine" melodic textures and vocals can integrate with the more traditionally "masculine" bass frequencies to create music that is harmonically transcendent of any specific genre.
PARTNERING WITH THE MASCULINE
This project is all about showcasing more women's artistry on dance stages, and we are doing this with the help and support of a few men on our team filling a few crucial supporting roles to help this project come to fruition.
While this project is all about creating more opportunities for the Feminine, I do not believe we need to do this without men. I think this approach is an old paradigm way of creating separation between men and women. I believe our best opportunity is to come together and support each other. This project demonstrates a model in which men can support women to share their voices.
The men who are assisting with the mixing and mastering aspects of this production are all big supporters of me, this vision, and the idea of creating more opportunities for women. They are models of what it can look like to have the Masculine be excited to support the Feminine to shine.
For the Summer festival season, I have been invited to share a version of the Feminine Medicine stage show on some exquisite stages at conscious festivals.
We will share the Feminine Medicine original music as it is ready bringing along some of the vocalists on the album to perform live with me and a number of high-caliber dancers and choreographers to create a full infusion of the Divine Feminine. This will also include costumed performances choreographed to the music.
In addition, we plan to mount the full stage show choreographed to the full album of music at a Bay Area location in the Fall. To produce this I already have 5 talented choreographers on board and at least 10 professional dancers ready to create.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If you believe that it is time for more women's artistic voices to be represented on bigger stages and dance floors, and for more women's voices to be heard around the world, then I invite you to support this.
All the details on the talented women involved, the juicy rewards you will receive, and the specific of how the budget will be used is below. Please read on!
WHO IS INVOLVED?
MUSICAL ARTISTS (In alphabetical order)
PRODUCERS SUPPORTING WITH MIXING DOWN THE ALBUM:
We are bringing in some supportive masculine energy to help us mix this album so that it sounds great:
Jordan Hansell aka Geometrae
Theo Brahma of Entheo
WHAT REWARDS WILL YOU RECEIVE FOR YOUR DONATION?
Many of the reward tiers offer a limited edition giclee print of the original Feminine Medicine art created just for this project by Visionary Artist Olivia Curry. (Only 15 available!).
Many of the reward tiers include limited edition ALIA stickers and tank tops (for men and women) featuring ALIA's custom logo art created by David Shakiban:
Other rewards include:
FROM AYA PAPAYA CLOTHING & ADORNMENTS www.ayapapaya.com
One of ALIA's favorite designers!
--The Isis Dress (multiple color options and sizes) + ALIA sticker + download of the album $120
--The Marika Dress (multiple color options and sizes) + ALIA sticker + Download of the album $90
--The Convertible Dress (multiple color options and sizes) + ALIA Sticker + Download of the album $90
--The Anahata Body Chain + ALIA Sticker + Download of the album $80
--The Tribal Hair Chain + ALIA Sticker + Download of the album $60
--Labradorite crown head piece with hanging feathers + ALIA Sticker + Download of the album $200
FROM WARRIOR WITHIN DESIGNS www.warriorwithindesigns.com
Another one of ALIA's favorite designers! Warrior Within offers tons of amazing fabric and style options for their Shortsies and Onesies - check their website for current offerings
--Shortsie (any fabric in xs, s, m or large) not custom + ALIA sticker + download of the album $100
--Custom Onesie (any fabric customized to fit) + ALIA sticker + download of the album $175
--$100 Gift Certificate to anything in the store + digital download of the album - $100
--Velvet Pants (any color or style Flow Pants or Slim Bell Pants (xs, s, m, l or xl) not custom) + download of the album $100
--A Lotus Vest from Amae Love Designs - limited to 5 - multiple color options available including colors below plus Teal, Ivory, White, Black, and Fuschia - SOLD OUT
OTHER AMAZING PERKS
--VIP access to the Feminine Medicine show and a private event with the Artists involved in the project - for the higher level donations $750 and above
--An Executive Producer title on the project + all the other perks! $5,000
--A Custom song produced for you by ALIA $5,000
--A Remix of your song produced by ALIA - $3,000
--Ecstatic Dance Oakland Sunday passes (Sundays only - not for use on Wednesdays) - scattered through different tiers $25 - $100
--A 1-on-1 90-minute "Liberation Session" Re-Patterning session with ALIA $250
This is a healing session that will enable you to address and clear a major hurdle to your full self-expression and the realization of your purpose and artistry in the world.
-- "Unveiling Your Artistry" private 1/2 Day of Healing and Mentoring with ALIA $1,500
This is an in-depth session that is designed to help you uncover your unique offerings, message, and personal mission while assisting you to clear the blocks to the full realization of your artistry in the world.
--An "Artist Success" Artist Mentoring 1-Hour Session with ALIA $150
Take advantage of all of ALIA's marketing, branding, and social media knowledge to create a plan that helps accelerate your artistry into the world.
ALIA has been a Coach and Facilitator for almost 12 years and can skillfully help you to release limitations to the fullest expression of your artistry. ALIA is trained in highly effective change work and healing modalities and combines that with her marketing and branding mentoring and knowledge of what it takes to be a successful working artist.
These sessions can be conducted over Skype. For more on her work go here: http://www.aliasounds.com/offerings/
--A private DJ set with ALIA - ONLY 2 MORE! Check out her sets at www.soundcloud.com/alia_sounds $500
--A private DJ set with DJ Dakini from Australia! Check out her sounds at https://soundcloud.com/dj_dakini $500
--1-hour DJ Lesson with ALIA $100
--An Archetypal Priestess Session or Sound/Movement Integration Session with Feminine Medicine contributor Eden Amadora $200 - 2 AVAILABLE
Eden Amadora is a spirit, voice and embodiment coach, as well as a singer and devotional "prayer-formance" artist. She finds great joy in empowering others to embody and express their most essential, radiant selves and discover their authentic voices. As an ordained priestess of the 13 moon mystery school, Eden provides archetypal guidance working with individuals and focalizing circles with guided meditation, chanting, devotional singing and embodiment practices of the sacred feminine. She is also a graduate of SMI(sound/movement integration) and the Institute of Indigenous Arts and facilitates SMI, combining her love of sound healing and somatic mindfulness practices in private sessions as well as retreats and daylong workshops.
- During Archetypal Guidance sessions we work with the Archetypes of the Divine Feminine. We connect through guided meditation, divination and embodiment practices. From a felt experience of this potent archetypal energy, there is a recovery of vitality, a restoration of self-worth, new openings of creative imagination, a deep soul remembrance and a reconnection to our soul purpose and passion.
- Sound/ Movement integration is an indigeneous healing art form that has been lost within our modern society. We have the innate ability to restore health and balance within ourselves through the combination of sound, breath and movement. Within this ancient, yet straightforward shamanic practice, I help guide you to find your own natural connection to your healing sound vibration and authentic movement. This practice releases old stuck emotional energies and unconscious repetitive thought patterns while freeing up creative life force energy, and offering new and unlimited possibilities within for conscious dreaming and creating.
--A custom photo shoot with Feminine Medicine collaborator Aleksandra Dubov (also featured in the video as a photographer - SOLD OUT!
--A vocal healing and lesson with Aleksandra Dubov, a trained opera singer - SOLD OUT!
--Ableton Production Lessons with Liquid Love Drops aka Jocelyn - SOLD OUT!
--"SoulSing" Vocal Lessons offered by Expressive Arts Therapist and Feminine Medicine vocalist Heather Christie. For more on her work go here: http://www.heathercmusic.com/teaching.html - SOLD OUT!
--A personalized Life Purpose Vedic astrology reading with Feminine Medicine collaborator Eleanor Tara to help you get on your right path - SOLD OUT!
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
Album Production for 13 songs:
Mixing/Producing Support: $4,500
Mixing and Mastering: $1,800
Campaign Creation Costs:
Original Album and Campaign Art: $500
Design Work: $150
PR Campaign: Approx $2,000
Kickstarter Fee 5% and Credit Processing Fees: 3-5%
Travel (to work with collaborators):
1ST STRETCH GOAL: $24,950
Additional PR and Marketing: $3,000
Legal Costs: $2,000
Custom visuals show: $1,500
Venue fee for Fall show: $2,000
Custom Costuming: $1,500
2ND STRETCH GOAL: $34,950
Payments to 17 musical artists: $400 each = $6,800
Payments to 5 choreographers: $300 each = $1,500
Payments to 17 dancers: $100 each = $1,700
FEMININE MEDICINE SPONSORS
Videographer: Julia Maryanska
Music: "Beyond the Veil" by ALIA and Amadora
Risks and challenges
One of the potential obstacles we may face that could push our release date (and thus the approximate delivery date of the rewards that include the download of the album) is time and scheduling.
Many of the artists involved in this project are busy artists themselves actively performing and touring. I have worked out a schedule with them that has time blocked out with them throughout the Spring, and anything can happen that could get in the way of that time. My skills as a former corporate project manager are already coming in handy :-)
The stage show in the Fall is also very much dependent on coordinating schedules of all the performers involved. With a group of this size, coordination and scheduling has been proving to be tricky. We are working to schedule this date now so that everyone can organize around it. Meeting our financial goal will enable us to set a date and place a deposit on a space to make this happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter