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I'm an artist who uses fun songs to comfort and teach children, and help develop young minds. My album will feature 20 original songs.

Thanks for viewing my project! I hope "Fetch", (the song in my video), caught your ear. I wrote it last year for the children I work with, and it spread quickly between them and their friends at school. Younger children enjoy it especially when it's performed with 'Max The Dog' puppet.

As a songwriter and performer, I focus on:

- Community building
- Developmental psychology and play therapy
- Music as communication
- Meaning and fun in our lives at any age


GOAL: 

To release a 20 track album of original children's songs this September, (with full instrumentation), and follow that release with two music videos of singles from the album. 


PHILOSOPHY: 

Despite the fun and silly nature of "Fetch", I view music as a vitally important part of a child's development. I believe creatively engaging children encourages independent thinking. Children who learn to trust their instincts, abilities, and ideas, develop a sense of safety in their external and internal environments.

I love singing with and for kids, as I have a strong interest in the developmental benefits music has for the young mind. Children respond in a pure, uninhibited, and genuine way to the joy of music. Participating early on in song and dance helps children learn safe and healthy ways to have fun and feel good. Music is educational in that it helps kids learn patterns and rules, and deal with emotionally complex or confusing ideas. Music encourages teamwork, cooperation, exercise, and friendship.

WHY SUPPORT ME?

Since receiving my Bachelor’s, I have established myself as a songwriter in the dance music genre, with top 10 chart positions worldwide. Through this experience, I have had to manage myself, and become proficient at the legal and financial aspects of the business. Thus, I have a strong knowledge of how much it costs to make an album, and videos, and what kind of profits to realistically expect.

Making money from music is very difficult, even with the success that my songs have had. Songwriter’s are often left struggling to be credited properly in a music industry that is rife with lawlessness. I have always worked full time with children in order to pay my bills, and used the rest of my time to write, record, and perform my original songs. Having full funding for this project will allow me to produce a top quality album, alongside experienced musicians and producers. I will be able to share my songs with children everywhere, and I won't need to worry about recouping the cost of the album from sales. I'd like my songs from my first full children's album to be available for free to the public.

COSTS:

The album will cost $2000 to produce and record professionally.

The rest of the funds will cover the costs of making the music videos, which will be technically sophisticated, creative, and meant to encourage children's imagination.

If I'm lucky enough to exceed my goal here, any and all remaining money will be used to promote the album and set up a tour of children's events, parties, school's, and more. I'd be happy to perform for free at area libraries, fundraisers, toy story sing a long hours, etc.

I NEED YOU:

I learn from children each day. Their energy and purity of emotion inspires my passion for songwriting. The idea behind my album is to express songs that live in my heart in order to connect meaningfully with future generations. As I continue my studies in play and music therapy, I bring expanding knowledge to my songwriting.

Thank you for your help to make fun songs that strengthen community.

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    An advance digital copy of the first fully produced single from Silly Singalong Songs for Healthy Child Development. Delivered to your inbox including Artwork.

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    An advance digital download of ENTIRE Silly Singalong Songs for Healthy Child Development. Delivered to your inbox including Artwork.

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    Get all of the above PLUS Marcie will perform live at your child's birthday party anywhere in the United States! (Travel included). (Marcie cannot guarantee availability on the exact date of your child's birthday, but will happily work with you to find a performance date that works for everyone!). Marcie will even come early or stay after her performance to help kids make handcrafted theme decorations! Option also available to perform at your child's school.

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    Get all of the above PLUS you and/or your child can appear in my second fully produced music video from the Album, (to be filmed in Boston). Travel included for your child and one adult from anywhere in the United States. One night accomodation at 3 star hotel in Boston included. Video most likely to be filmed in Autumn 2012.

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