My name is Alice Tong and I am a singer-songwriter living in Oakland, CA. This kickstarter page is dedicated to gaining support for my band and I to embark on a 1 week West Coast tour for my new album entitled, "Please Be Brave Before the Lions They Come." We hope to begin the tour after the CD release party happening on May 29, 2010 at Hotel Utah in SF, CA. Here is a bit more about me and the new album via a recent press release:
BAY AREA SINGER SONGWRITER ALICE TONG MERGES ETHNOMUSICOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK INTO SOULFUL NEW INDIE FOLK ROCK ALBUM
Hotel Utah, 5/29/2010, CD Release Party — As a social worker, Alice Tong has provided therapy to survivors of domestic violence, rape, shootings, and stabbings. This intense direct service work has deeply informed her development as a musician, and can be heard both in the depth of her lyrics and the sincerity of her performances. Receiving her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and her Bachelors of Arts in Ethnomusicology (World Music) from UCLA, Alice has used her strengths in both disciplines to co-produce an all-original indie folk rock album with Los Angeles producer/engineer Glenn Suravech. Mr. Suravech has worked with artists such as Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, and Brett Dennen. On this new album, Alice performs as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist on each song, and is backed by a host of extremely talented LA and Bay Area musicians. Entitled "Please Be Brave Before the Lions They Come," the new album is set to be released Sat. May 29, 9pm at San Francisco’s premiere singer-songwriter venue, Hotel Utah. ###
(you can read the rest of the release under the "Bio" section of this page)
So how much does going on tour with a band for 1 week really cost? Let's break it down together- (see the detailed math word problems at the end). There are 7 band members including me:
Alice Tong- vocals, keyboard, guitar, harmonica, ukelele
Miles Senzaki- drums and percussion
Patrick Taylor- acoustic and electric bass
Nate LaPointe- electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, pedal steel (what a deal!)
Claire Courchene- cello and trombone
Albert Chiang- vocals and acoustic guitar
Mei-Ling Murray- backup vocals and tour manager
Basics: As human beings, we need food and shelter for a week to survive ;) which ends up being around $3,270.00.
Travel: As traveling musicians for a 1 week tour, we need gas and a large vehicle to get us to venues, which equals $1,317.49.
Musician Salaries: My bandmates deserve to be compensated for their time and the days that they will need to take off of work in their hometowns. If you read any of their bios online, you will see that they are extremely talented and hard-working folks who have spent their lives studying and playing music so that they could be professionals in this industry. I already feel bad about not having enough to pay them what I really think they deserve, but hope to one day be able to. For now, I hope to make some money to pay them from our shows, be able to cover their food and shelter costs, and pay them at least $175 each for that week. For all 6 of them, that would be $1050.
That puts us at $5,637.49 TOTAL.
Taking into account possible rate changes (hotel rates for different cities, gas rates changing) and disasters (van breaks down! we get lost driving! someone needs medical treatment(?)! our musical equipment breaks down! etc...unfortunately the list could go on), we can round our total to:
= $6,000 GRAND TOTAL!
Dang- touring sure ain't cheap! SO, please take a look at the special rewards on the right that you will receive if you are able to give even $10, $25, or $500+! I entitled this tour "It Takes A Village" because I really can't do this by myself, and I've realized the importance in reaching out and creating community with family, friends, and fans as I take this risk into the world of being a performing musician. I hope you will consider becoming a part of my "village," and join me on this journey as a community. The band and I will be sure to update with you with important developments as we go, and we appreciate every single donation that is made. In gratitude.. For more info check out: www.alicetongmusic.com and become a facebook fan at: www.facebook.com/alicetongmusic.
Tuesday Night Project
In fundraising partnership with:
Paws for Purple Hearts
Can't believe my middle school math word problem skills came into good use after all! Here are the nerdy calculations:
-FOOD: 3 meals/day at around $10/meal= $30/day (x7 people)= $210/day (x 7 days)
= $1470 TOTAL for food
-SHELTER: Average motel/hotel rates in CA are around $100/night and if we squeeze 2-3 people in each room we would need 3 rooms/night= $300/night (x 6 nights of touring)
= $1800 TOTAL for shelter
-VEHICLE: 1 rented van that fits all 7 of us AND our musical instruments and equipment for 1 week
= $855.49 TOTAL for vehicle
-GAS: Big vans with a lot of people and heavy equipment require more gas :(. A large van averages about 12 mpg (miles per gallon) and given our full load, we can estimate we'll average more like 10 mpg. California itself is 770 miles long, and if we are going to tour and get back home (not to mention driving to and from restaurants, gas stations, motels, etc), we'll have to double that number to 1,540 miles, giving us an equation that looks like: 1,540 miles/ (divided by) 10mpg = 154 gallons of gas needed (x $3/gallon for gas prices these days)
= $462 TOTAL for gas
-SALARIES: If you think about a minimum wage job paying about $10/hr, and working for 8 hours/day, that would equal $80/day (x7 days)= $560/week (maybe a little less after taxes). Since food and living expenses would be covered, and I hope to make some money off of our shows to pay them with, we're averaging about $175/musician for what we can afford right now. For all 6 of them, that would be
= $1050 TOTAL for salaries
If you can help put us past our $6000 goal, the money could go toward the musicians being more accurately compensated!
- (41 days)