Poeina has been playing music for over 15 years with various bands and has always had the dream to play music in Europe. Three years ago Poeina started performing as a solo artist. During the last six months she has hitch hiked, used rideshares, trains, & buses, and fans even bought her plane tickets to make it to her shows; all while putting together pick up bands in as many cities as possible to sit in on her gigs. From the many musicians Poeina has played with she has put together an all-star cast of musicians to join her in Europe! Sarah Linderman on percussion from Portland, OR (originally from France), Thomas Deakin on trumpet from Seattle, WA, and Jake Saunders on Cello from Boise, ID.
Poeina applied for and was accepted by the Songs & Whispers Tour Circuit based in Bremen, Germany! The tour lasts a month and goes through Germany, France, UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The Songs and Whispers Tour Circuit will be running a radio campaign throughout Europe, as well as booking TV, radio, and print interviews. It is an amazing opportunity for exposure and fulfilling a life-long goal. The gigs will be in old churches, at house parties, and in small pubs. A few of the gigs will be paid, but mostly it will be a pass-the-hat tradition and the venues will feed the band a meal. The money made on the tour from gigs will cover costs such as personal expenses/bills, gasoline, food, any medical items, and technical/repair needs for the musicians.
Some of the cities in Europe we will be touring through are:
Bremen, Oldenburg, Hamburg, Kapelle Op Den Bos (B), Delmenhorst, Osnabrück, Hengelo (NL), Oldenburg, Hamburg, Worpswede, Groningen (NL), Osterholz - Scharmbeck, Neuharlingersiel, Celle, Hannover, Wilhelmshaven, Achim, Emden, Verden, and Quelkhorn.
The tour has been set for December 14th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014.
What do the funds cover??
$1500 per airline ticket (currently $1365 so slightly over budget in case ticket prices go up while raising funds to go ~ anything left over will go to the kickstarter/amazon processing fees and/or the new album) = $6000 for 4 musicians
$1500 for the van rental for the whole trip to get from gig to gig
$1500 for the artist house rental and a deposit. If/when our deposit is returned it will be used in production costs for the new album &/or the live recordings from the tour.
$400 for 2nd bag luggage fees (we will have to get creative to bring all the instruments, merch, and winter clothes for this tour!)
$15 per person for fresh bed linens in the house = $60
$100 for Poeina's passport
$200 for blank cd's, shipping/printing costs, etc. for the kickstarter donation gifts (Any expense above $200 will be paid for by Poeina.)
Total Expenses ~
$6000+$1500+$1500+$400+$60+$100+$200 = $9,760.00
Risks and challenges
After funding this project one obstacle will be rehearsing with the musicians before our tour. To tackle this problem I will be touring 2-3 weeks a month for the rest of the year so that I can meet up with them and practice to get ready for the European tour. We will also be getting together in November to do an intensive couple week rehearsal before we leave.
Bringing the cello is a challenge because we will either need to borrow a flight case from someone, borrow a cello from someone in Europe, or come up with the money for an extra plane ticket for the instrument to ride in a seat.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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