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To celebrate its 20th birthday in 2014, CC is going into the studio to record its 5th album!
To celebrate its 20th birthday in 2014, CC is going into the studio to record its 5th album!
187 backers pledged £4,440 to help bring this project to life.

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Formed in 1994, Carnival Collective is celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2014, and what better way to celebrate than to record and release a new album!

We secured some local studio space at the very end of 2013 and, with the help of a very good friend of the band behind the engineer’s desk, we set about recording 10 tracks in 3 days. No mean feat for a group of 30 musicians!

Recording a full album’s material has been a huge buzz, and we are thrilled to have pulled it off. But now, mastering and releasing it is going to be another challenge.

Carnival Collective is a non-profit making voluntary organisation. All of our musicians pay a small monthly fee which, combined with the money we make from gigging, goes towards paying for rehearsal space, instruments, repairs and maintenance, insurance and travel.

All these outlays mean we have to be very careful with our finances. So we decided to go to you, our fans, to try and fund the production of the actual physical album. We have put so much time and effort into rehearsing and recording for this record, and we all feel like we have individually and collectively been a key part of the process: now we want you to be part of the process too.

The money we hope to raise from this campaign will go towards the crucial basics: 

- mixing and mastering the record

- designing the artwork 

- pressing the CDs

Any money we make over and above our target will be spent on a video for one of the songs, as well as merchandising and marketing.

We are incredibly excited about this project. Our members range from professional musicians playing all over the world to people who had never picked up a pair of drumsticks before they came to rehearse with us, and from elder statesmen who have served for over 10 years to newcomers who have only been with us for a few months! Recording this album has been a wonderful experience, and one which some of us will most likely never experience again. 

Please help us by sharing this page with your friends, family, co-workers, pets and anyone else you think might be interested.

Many thanks for your time

Carnival Collective  Xx 

UPDATE: As of 20 Feb we have hit our target! Thanks so much to everyone that has contributed so far, but we still have 10 days to go to raise as much as we can! Any extra money pledged will go towards making a music video and designing and ordering new merchandise, so please please please keep sharing and promoting our page! We love you, you guys are great xx

Risks and challenges

As we have already recorded the material and paid for the sessions, the risks involved are minimal. We are factoring in enough time before the summer for mixing and mastering, and any delays with artwork can be dealt with directly as we will be in close contact with the designers we use.

Barring any major mishaps, we aim to have the record finished and ready to be sent out during April. This gives us a month or so after this campaign has finished to mix, master and order the CDs. Our aim is for the album to be ready before the summer, our busiest period for gigs and the time we have the most opportunity to attract new fans.

In the event that we don’t raise enough money through this campaign, we will attempt to fund the release of the album through money we raise from gigs during 2014 - so there would still be an album in the end but it could take another 6 or more months and, after a 5 year gap, we want CC's brilliant new album to launch in the middle of the band's 20th birthday year.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.65

    A HUGE THANK YOU! You have helped us take a step towards making our album, and for that we say a heartfelt 'thanks'.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    Credit on our website, carnivalcollective.org, as a funder, plus 3 tracks as digital downloads! We'll tell the world how awesome you are for making this happen!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $16

    Advance CD copy of our new album!

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    Pledge £20 or more About $33

    Entry to a independent CC gig of your choice in 2014! We will give you a choice of gigs to attend and give you the VIP treatment, including free entry, queue jump, and a chance to meet the band! Includes copy of the album and credit on the website.

    Gigs do not include festivals (Sorry!)

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    Pledge £25 or more About $41

    Your very own Carnival Collective t-shirt! We're getting some new designs this summer, and you can be one of the first to get your hands on a very cool piece of CC gear! Includes full download of the album + credit on the website.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $41

    Appear in our music video! Now that we have raised the funds to make the album, any extra money we make will go towards making a video for one of our songs. You can appear in the background and forever be a part of this project!

    This is will happen in Brighton, so you must live here or provide your own transport.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $58

    An hour long Indian Head Massage from Helen, one of the snare players! Helen is fully qualified and offers a mobile service, so this can take part in your home, office or wherever you fancy!

    Includes CD or download copy of album and credit on our website. Brighton Only.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $82

    Credit as a funder on our album! Your name (or alias) will be included in the album notes as a way of saying thanks. Includes copy of the CD.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $99

    A framed setlist from one of our gigs, signed by the whole band!

    Includes copy of album and credit on our website.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $165

    Percussion Workshop with our Musical Director, Chris! Our MD has years of experience playing and teaching with a wide variety of ages and abilities. You and up to 3 friends can come to Brighton and experience learning Brazilian rhythms with a splash of CC magic!

    Includes copy of album and credit on our website. Must provide own travel to Brighton.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $412

    Name a song! Carnival Collective regularly write and rehearse new songs to include in the set, and the next one will be named by you! You can come to a rehearsal in Brighton, listen to the track being worked on, and then come up with an appropriate name (family friendly please!).

    Includes copy of album and credit on our website. Must provide own travel to Brighton.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $494

    Carnival Collective Team Building Drumming Workshop! A team of CC percussionists will come to your place of work or home and provide a fun interactive workshop for you and your friends/colleagues!

    Includes copy of album and credit on our website. Brighton Only.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $824

    Private Carnival Collective show! We will come to your house/work/local garden centre and play a private 60-min gig for your and your friends! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Sussex only. Outside of Sussex must pay travel costs in addition.

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Funding period

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