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a compilation of music commissioned to focus on the negative effects the cosmetic industry has on society's perception of beauty.
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I have just accepted a position as Visiting Artist for the Winter Banff Musicians in Residence Program from January 7th to February 8th, 2019. Banff’s Centre for Arts and Creativity is located in Alberta, Canada. Banff exists to provide artists with a setting that allows them to make their own unique contributions to society. This Winter, I will be at Banff working to bring my project proposal, disemBody, to life. I have been awarded $2,214.30 in financial aid.   

disemBody is a concert series featuring a collection of new pieces based on the negative impact the cosmetic industry has placed on society and perception of beauty. I will be showcasing disemBody at different venues paired with an informative video featuring interviews that further explain the importance of the issue. 

All proceeds of performances will go to “The Body Positive”, a national organization that works towards its ultimate goal of ending the harmful consequences of negative body image: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, cutting, suicide, substance abuse, and relationship violence. 

Emily Kaplan, flutist
Emily Kaplan, flutist

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Nicholas Ho has composed “Rosalie”, a flute and cello duet dedicated to Rosalie Avila, a 13 year old girl who committed suicide after being bullied for her appearance. We have received consent from Rosalie’s parents and we will be interviewing and performing the finished product for them
Nicholas Ho has composed “Rosalie”, a flute and cello duet dedicated to Rosalie Avila, a 13 year old girl who committed suicide after being bullied for her appearance. We have received consent from Rosalie’s parents and we will be interviewing and performing the finished product for them
Evan Hodick will be composing a piece for piccolo and electronics
Evan Hodick will be composing a piece for piccolo and electronics
Rajan composer will be the featured cellist on "Rosalie"
Rajan composer will be the featured cellist on "Rosalie"
Rose Martin will be composing a solo flute piece
Rose Martin will be composing a solo flute piece

There are  many efforts and fees behind the scenes that go into having a successful outcome of projects like this. The art and performance industry can be competitive and unforgiving. A musician needs to have professional recordings displaying the highest level of excellence in order to stand out and be taken seriously by possible venues, future employers, and potential collaborators. 

Because this is a project with an important cause, I believe disemBody should be performed all over the world with the intention of promoting change. In order to convince different venues to feature disemBody, the recordings must be made with adequate equipment.  

Having success as an independent musician is tough these days. Talent, hard work, and a generous bit of good luck are helpful, but there are still no guarantees. The best answer to that challenge is you. Never underestimate the role you play in keeping artists going. I hope that the rewards I have put together show my sincere gratitude.

Here is a breakdown of estimated costs: 

  • $2,206.92 Remaining Balance to attend Banff   
  • $600 payment for collaborating artists and composers
  • $525 interview travel and other expenses    
  • $500 est. Round trip Flight (Hartford to Calgary, Calgary to Hartford
  • $300 4 hours in professional recording studio at $75/hr  
  • $133 bus tickets back and forth from airport to Banff 
  • $59.05 Rod SmartLav+ 
  • $24.99 Phone Tripod 

Risks and challenges

Having success as an independent musician is tough these days. Talent, hard work, and a generous bit of good luck are helpful, but there are still no guarantees. The best answer to that challenge is you. Never underestimate the role you play in keeping artists going.

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