About this project
BREAKDOWN OF OUR COSTS:
Our cost is approximately $15,000-$20,000/year for this album creation to annually release music, including music videos. By reaching our goal of $50,000 with this Kickstarter campaign, we will sustain our program for the next three years, and in that time we will become self-sustainable music program. Our expanded vision is to become a record label for teen artists with powerful messages.
90% of the 40+ teens who have participated in our program have attended on FULL SCHOLARSHIP. Sponsor a teen by donating to this campaign so we may afford:
-Recording studio time
-Food for participants
-Housing and transporting our participants
-Professional Musicians as Coaches
-Speakers and Presenters for Enrichment
- Mixing and Mastering engineers
-Professional Graphic Designers
-Professional Videographers and Video Editors
-Post Production Team
-Marketing and PR Team
-Program Administration Personnel
HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHERE WE ARE HEADED
The One Village Music Project is a program of the Amala Foundation*. In three years alone, the One Village Music Project has gone from being a dream to a reality. Our dream was to bring teens from around the world together to record one song. In our first week-long program, we recorded an entire album, "Precious Human Life", named after the track we created to honor the poem written by the Dalai Lama.
Check out (and Like) our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/onevillagemusic
Collaborating to create the One Village Music Project, Austin artist Phoebe Hunt stepped in to co-create the program with the Amala Foundation, which unites youth from all walks of life and inspires them to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity. Annually, the Amala Foundation serves over 1,000 youth through transformational programs like the One Village Music Project, Young Artists In Service and the Global Youth Peace Summit (For more information, please visit www.amalafoundation.org).
Since our inception, we have hosted three week-long programs, resulting in two full-length albums. Released in 2014, our first album made it into the hands of the Dalai Lama.
This success has been a direct result of the support and generosity of the Austin and Santa Rosa Music Communities*, including professional music studios, media centers and musicians who have donated time, as well as videographers, photographers, recording and mixing engineers who have donated their talents. Not to mention the enormous generosity of our volunteers. But we can not operate on favors forever. These people have donated their talents because they recognize the gravity of the One Village Music Project. They feel the love and unity that transpires when young, talented and inspired people are brought together to create music, uniting not only the people in the room, but representing global unity.
It is our goal to host this program ANNUALLY. Please help us as we reach out and ask for support through this Kickstarter Campaign so that our program has a viable future, a tangible budget and the ability to expand its outreach in a way that allow this music to reach its full potential of global impact.
By reaching our STRETCH GOAL of $100,000.00 or more with this campaign, we will be able to host annual programs for years to come as well as expand to create programs that further support our vision to "heal the world with music". Let your voice be heard. Join the movement! By supporting the One Village Music Project you are supporting global unity.
MORE ABOUT THE ONE VILLAGE MUSIC PROJECT:
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Popular music doesn’t have to be spoon-fed to the average listener through mainstream radio stations and major record labels. Now that independent music (finally and thankfully) is skyrocketing with success and independent artists are creating independent avenues to be heard, the music industry is a free for all, offering the opportunity for many voices to rise up, show up and speak up.
Popular music doesn’t have to be whittled down to the lowest common denominator, demoralizing women, promoting promiscuity, the use of mind numbing drugs or the acquisition of wealth beyond necessity. Popular music can grow organically, be recorded locally and can send out a message of unity, gratitude, awareness, compassion and strength.
Popular music doesn’t have to be the advent of a star, building some up at the expense of others. Music holds the possibility to empower all of us, from the musician to the audience and can be used as a mechanism to tear down the walls that separate us as we embrace our differences and strengthen our human connection to one another.
Now that independent thinkers have been equipped with entrepreneurial tools and collective technology, the world has given rise to a new era, exploding with new ideas for how music can serve. When created with the intention of healing, unifying and expanding, there are limitless possibilities for how music may be used to heal both the listener and the musician.
We believe that by sharing these philosophies and principals with young artists from all around the world, coaching them through the process of collaborative thinking, creating and succeeding, not only will the music created be vibrant and inspired, but so too will their lives be touched as they step into the creative world.
WHAT WE DO
The One Village Music Project is here to be a living example of global unity, building a community that shares our vision of connection, expression, leadership training and creativity.We are here to show the world that popular music reaches the human heart and has the potential to unite us all.
By hosting week-long programs that unite teen musicians from around the world, we are learning by listening and collaborating while sharing the spotlight, the stage and our writing processes with one another. By growing together in this way, we are making music that is genre bending. Our music bridges cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and musical influences. We show that we are stronger when we stand together, we are wiser when we share our experiences and we are more powerful when we learn from our shortcomings.
HOW WE DO IT
We embrace the inner artist of each of our participants, allowing ideas to flow freely, trying each as a possibility. Our program is like an “Iron Chef” for teen musicians, sharpening the interconnected skills of each participant while simultaneously engaging in teamwork and setting each-other up for success by motivating one another. In one week, the group works together to write and record a full-length album.
We practice detachment within the creative process and learn how to manage time, frustration and exercise patience when under pressure to perform.
These skills will be helpful to our participants not only if they choose to pursue music as a career. What we are offering is leadership training which strengthens the resolve and dedication of these teenagers as they gear up to enter our global workforce.
all of our participants are striving for careers in music, some of the young
artists who have been a part of our program are already blossoming into artists
well on their way to great success.
What does the One Village Music Project mean to you?
When asked this question, here are the responses from our participants:
“It makes me grow deeper into my roots of life and interact with different youth from different cultures that makes us become one family. My peers are so empowered, because through this program they are motivated to keep pressing on to their dreams.”
-Naomi Muthoni, Nairobi, Kenya (age 19)
"When I listen, my voice will be heard."
-Mohammad Almahsousi, Iraq (age 21)
"It means I can show the real me and the person inside me. It teaches me to believe that I can do anything."
- Victor Rukunda, DRC Congo (age 16)
"This is a place where human beings bring their creator to life. It is a rare opportunity, and it taught me how to hold space for different types of situations."
-Nany Zepeda, Guatemala (age 21)
"Its a glimpse into what could be if everyone was willing to live honestly and openly. Its a testament to what beauty can come from standing in your truth. It taught me to put my ego aside, and that I can accomplish so much more when I work with others than by myself. It allowed me to put my voice to my own voice. I realized I have something in me worth listening to and I don't always need to use other peoples words because mine are good enough. I have a deeper and more authentic respect and appreciation for others and their talents. I also feel like I can communicate in a more respectful and efficient manner."
- Zoe Schneider, Warreville, IL (age 19)
"It makes me work towards what authentically speaks through me. It brings me closer to my peers and builds a sense of brother/sister/sibliinghood."
-Breeze BZA Smith, Austin, TX (age 23)
"I was concerned about the process of co-writing, only to find that this collaboration was the most insightful, graceful, loving, heartfelt experience of my musical journey thus far."
- Ocean Pleasant, Boulder, CO/NY/LA, USA (age 17)
"This is one of the projects that can make the world a better place. I learned how to talk to people without making them believe what I believe knowing will still communicate properly."
-Kahindo Musongera, DRC Congo (age 15)
WHAT WE NEED TO SUSTAIN AND EXPAND
Now that we have established ourselves as an annual program, it is time for us to expand the audience of our musical outreach. By expanding the outreach of our annual musical releases, we will be able to generate funds to become self sufficient, but first we need to take the necessary steps to grow our audience and tell our story.
BREAKDOWN OF OUR COSTS:
90% of the 40 + teens who have participated in our program have attended on FULL SCHOLARSHIP. Sponsor a teen by donating to this campaign so we may:
Annually release music, including music videos. Cost for this includes recording studio time, rehearsal space, feeding, housing and transporting our participants, hiring mixing and mastering engineers, graphic designers, professional videographers, and time spent in post production. Cost is approximately $15,000-$20,000/year for this album creation. For the past two years, many people have worked for free out of belief in this program, but our sustainability cannot depend on favors forever. In order to reach a mass audience, we will need to hire publicist and marketing professionals ranging anywhere from $3,000-$7,000/campaign. By reaching our goal of $50,000 with this Kickstarter campaign, we will sustain our program for the next two years, and in that time, utilizing media and press, it is our hope that we will become self-sustainable through sales of albums, merchandise and accessories.
*Check out this list list of the people who have generously given time and talents to this program and who have brought this dream to reality:
Annika Mukherjee, Sadie Howard, Breeze BZA Smith, Tano Johnson, Emily Cauley, Victor Rukunda, Jasmine Bell, Wookeun Oscar Song, Ray Duncan, Sam Leslie, Bulls Aton, Monday Kajadi, Musongera Kahindo, Joe House, Zoe Schneider, Joe Vanilla, Shasparay Lighteard, Mark Godges, Lily Provenzano, Angelique Kamariza, Mohommad Akeel, Sandra Neema, Musongera Kahindo, Meagan Jacobs, Naomi Mwangi, Idit Krizar, Ocean Pleasant, Nancy Zepeda, Redie Mumbili, Casia Rose, Trevor Rerucha, Hamza Ibrahim, David Keating, Ezekiel Buckaleu
SUPPORT TEAM:Danny Levin, Tequila Mockingbird Studio
Stewart Sullivan, Wire Recording Studio
Nathan Prowse, Live Musicians Studio
Maclovio Perez, Gibson Guitar
Mark Somgunari, Gibson Showroom
Codey Allen, Gibson Showroom
Josh Holden, Mishnoon Productions
Nick Holden, Mishnoon Productions
Jacques Colimon, Mishnoon Productions
Samuel Tofsted, Mishnoon Productions
Alyson Landry, Videographer
Nany Zepeda, Medicine
Stephanie Hunt, Musical Coach
Shelly King, Musical Coach
Emilie Basez, Musical Coach
Gina Leslie, Musical Coach
Dominick Leslie, Musical Coach
Lily Henley, Musical Coach
Sri Lakshmi Oshun, Musical Coach
Jah Quest Afari, Musical Coach
Ben Stark, Musical Coach
Sophia Roxanna Setrakian, Musical Coach
Michael J. Carberry, Musical Coach
Kai Welch, Guest Artist
Katie Keller, Marketing Support
Sarah Presson, Graphic Designer
Linda Litowsky, channelAustin
Sheila Steele, Support Austin Music
Bala Soto, ClearOneSource
Simel Bey, Bey Accupuncture
Amrita and Ezra Moor, Sponsors
Linda Freiheit, Amala Foundation
Ryan Jordan, Amala Foudation
Eva Claire Write, Amala Foundation
Vanessa Stone, Amala Foundation
Solomon Masala, Source Consulting
Ten Cadle, Win WIthin
Phil Fraser, Win Within
Karin Gustafsson, DamaSpirit
Adam Falk, DamaSpirit
Nicke Jacobsson, DamaSpirit
Linda Irving, Sebastopol Union Schools CA
Sue and Jerry Pippins, Host Housing
Lyle and Richard Thorman, Host Housing
Phil Davis, Powderbears
Jeff Mettler, Home Slice Pizza
Mike Moyer, Thundercloud Subs
Andy's Produce Market
Katie Windham, Torchy's Tacos
Michael DeLuca, Whole Foods
Kerry F. Faudree
Derek and Barbara Forman
YOUTH VIDEO CREW:
Grace Hubbell, channelAustin
Logan Caraway, channelAustin
Danni Shugart, channelAustin
Adrianna Huff, channelAustin
Miguel Posadas, channelAustin
Riley Cusick, channelAustin
Mike Dolan, channelAustin
Bobby Sutton, channelAustin (audio crew)
*The Amala Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so a portion of your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult with a CPA or tax specialist. TAX EXEMPT STATUS ID: 77-0631194
Risks and challenges
Through the experience we have had with The One Village Music Project, we have learned that our greatest challenges have come through the administrative time that it takes to make our programs possible. For the past three years, I have taken most of this work on with support from the already over stretched staff of The Amala Foundation. We all see the impact of this program, so we do as much as we can to keep it running. During the programs themselves there is an extraordinary vigor among our extended community and everyone can see, taste and feel what is happening. However, once the week is over and there is much follow up work to be done, we feel the toll of "volunteering".
It is our hope that through the success of this campaign we will be able to bring in an additional teammate to help manage the great administrative tasks necessary for a program of this gravity. Also, it is our hope that by staffing this role, we will also be able to grow further in our ability to spread our music to the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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