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Chip Richter's 7th album for kids & families "The Dream Tree" all about discovering, growing and following your dreams.
Chip Richter's 7th album for kids & families "The Dream Tree" all about discovering, growing and following your dreams.
112 backers pledged $10,313 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey There!

My name is Chip Richter I write, produce and perform music for kids and their parents. The Dream Tree is the 7th album I've recorded for families over a span of fourteen years! Friends like you are the reason I've been able to do what I do. From the beginning, families supported my musical endeavors by purchasing CDs, booking and attending concerts at churches, schools, libraries and sharing the music with friends. I am blessed and absolutely humbled by that thought... Thank You!

I love creating moments that become memories for families.
I love creating moments that become memories for families.

Why use Kickstarter?

It's true this is my first Kickstarter Campaign. When I started recording my songs for kids and their parents there was no such thing as Kickstarter... in fact there was no such thing as iTunes, iPods, Facebook or Twitter! The way artists create and share original content now is very different than it used to be. In some ways these changes have allowed artists to be more connected to their fans and Kickstarter is great example of that. Your pledge will not only help us reach our goal giving us the funds we need to make The Dream Tree CD, it also makes your family a part of the team, a part of the process.

So what's The Dream Tree project about?

The Dream Tree project was inspired by some art work created by my son Austin when he was eight years old. He called his picture "The Dream Tree". I'm a dreamer and I loved this picture the moment I saw it. I also love encouraging children to use their imaginations and follow their dreams. Today Austin is 20 years old and in his second year of Art School and he continues to inspire me as I watch him use his gifts and follow his dreams. I've written some new songs for this project that I hope will inspire your children as they begin to follow their dreams. There are also songs about trees and gardens and things that grow (like our gifts and dreams) and some things that help us grow. There are a few silly songs too just for fun!

The Inspiration... "The Dream Tree" by Austin Richter (8 years old)
The Inspiration... "The Dream Tree" by Austin Richter (8 years old)

Where does the money go? 

Creating high quality resources for kids and families is not cheap but has always been a top priority for me. From the very first album I felt it was important to always produce the best possible product. I think The Dream Tree CD could be the best one yet. Here's what this Kickstarter Campaign will be paying for:

  • Studio and Recording Expenses Tracking/Editing/Mixing/Mastering Copyright Licensing
  • A professional artist who will create custom, one of a kind artwork for the CD cover, Posters and T-shirts.
  • A professional designer who will incorporate the custom artwork into the layout and design for the CD packaging.
  • The Manufacturing/Duplication/Printing/Packaging of CDs
  • Printing of Posters and T-shirts
  • Working with a PR/Marketing Professional to help us share The Dream Tree CD with a larger market.
  • Finally cost of all shipping, postage and the Kickstarter fee.

Our Stretch Goals:

The Dream Tree project is our immediate focus but we have lots of very cool projects waiting in the wings to share with families. Since we're "dreaming" here let's dream big! 

Stretch Goal #1 Music Videos / $15,000

  • In addition to The Dream Tree CD we have plans to create some fun, professionally produced music videos that we've been scheming and planning about for awhile now. I think your kids will love them and will want to watch them over and over again. If we can reach this stretch goal our plan is begin shooting in the late summer and have the videos out by fall 2014. Supporters of this Kickstarter campaign will get the videos first via digital download.

Stretch Goal #2 Online TV Show for kids and families / $35,000

  • I've been developing a TV show for kids and families called Once Upon A Porch. You can read all about it here. If we are able to reach this stretch goal we will begin work in fall shooting and producing the first season of episodes. We'll be working with a professional production company as well as some very talented artists.

Check out the cool rewards   ---------->

Pledging to The Dream Tree project on Kickstarter is not about charity but about investing in something you really like and would probably buy anyway but by participating in the campaign you'll receive some great rewards. Everything from autographed CDs, Posters and T-shirts to VIP Tickets, Birthday Songs, Private Concerts and a Weekend at Lakeside. Pick one that looks like a good fit for your family and pledge today. Notice too that some of the pledge levels have a limited number of rewards offered so if one of those look interesting don't wait till the last minute to pledge.

Thank You!

You and your kids and your family are the reason I do what I do. Bringing smiles and laughter, helping create teaching moments and memories that you'll share for a lifetime, that's what it's all about.

I get by with a little help from my friends.
I get by with a little help from my friends.

Risks and challenges

Truthfully, succeeding on Kickstarter is our largest hurdle. If we do experience setbacks, we will share those details with our supporters. Lots of planning and decision-making have led us to this moment, where we are now asking you to take part. We feel very confident that, with your support, we can grow The Dream Tree.

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    Soil:
    A Digital Download of The Dream Tree one week before the official release.

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    Seed:
    Autographed advance copy of The Dream Tree CD, plus the digital download.

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    Sprout:
    Autographed advance copy of The Dream Tree CD, plus two more copies to share with your friends, plus the digital download.

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    Sapling:
    Autographed 11x17 Limited Edition full color poster, plus an autographed advance copy of The Dream Tree CD, plus the digital download.

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    Tree:
    Limited Edition Dream Tree t-shirt, plus an autographed 11x17 Limited Edition full color poster, plus an autographed advance copy of The Dream Tree CD, plus the digital download.

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    "A look inside the bird's nest" package:
    Personal Skype or FaceTime session with Chip in Nutshell Studio during a day of recording, plus all the goodies at the "Tree" level.

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    "The Family Tree" package:
    Your Family Name in the CD jacket, plus THREE Limited Edition Dream Tree t-shirts, THREE autographed 11x17" Limited Edition full color Posters, THREE autographed Advance copies of The Dream Tree CD, plus the digital download.

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    "The Family Forest" package:
    A Box of 10 CD’s to share with your friends and family, plus everything in "The Family Tree" package.

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    "It's Your Birthday!" package:
    Chip will join your family birthday celebration and wish your child a Happy Birthday with a greeting and a special birthday song via Skype or FaceTime. And for the birthday girl or boy we’ll send an Autographed (with a special Birthday Greeting from Chip) copy of the new CD and a Limited Edition t-shirt. But wait, that's not all! We’ll also send a Box of 10 CD’s to share as favors for your party guests.

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    “I’m With the Band” packaged:
    5 VIP Passes for your family to any concert (either a solo concert or a Chip & the Munks concert), front row seats, backstage passes, pre-concert meet/greet with the band in the Green Room, as well as your own CD autographed by the band.

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    “There’s No Place Like Home” package:
    House Concert with Chip in your home or backyard or local park, plus all the goodies in the Sapling package. (Travel expense required beyond 300 miles of Youngstown, OH.)

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    “School or Library” Package:
    Concert with Chip at your local school or Public Library, plus autographed 11x17" Limited Edition Full Color Poster and Autographed copy of The Dream Tree CD for your child’s classroom or local Public Library, plus the digital download. (Travel expense required beyond 300 miles of Youngstown, OH.)

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    “Lakeside-Palooza” Package:
    2 days Entrance/Gate passes to Lakeside plus overnight accommodations for a family of 5. You'll also be treated to a personal golf-cart tour of Lakeside given by Chip himself, plus lunch and ice-cream dessert w/Chip. In addition, you'll enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of God Squad and Hoover Auditorium. And to make it a wonderful family memory, we'll throw in t-shirts for the whole family and an autographed CD.

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    “Family Concert at Your Church” package:
    A full production solo Concert with Chip at your Church. This comes with all the usual press release information and supplies, and an advance Autographed CD for you to keep for yourself. (Travel expense required beyond 300 miles of Youngstown, OH.)

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    “Chip & The Munks Family Concert” package:
    Full production concert with Chip and the Munks, anywhere in the United States. (Airfare/hotel must be paid for anything beyond 500 miles of Youngstown, OH.)

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