Produce an album/DVD with 400 elementary students. Sell album to support our music program and inspire other schools to do the same. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 30, 2013.
About this project
Hi, I'm Sarah :) I'm a single mom, a music teacher, a photographer, a philanthropist, and when I can find the time I enjoy teaching yoga.
I have the insanely awesome job of inspiring kids through music. I'm a super energetic crazy teacher that is generally dancing around like a lunatic, acting half my age while singing at the top of my lungs. I teach kids everything that they need to know to have a great foundation in music. Once they know that...I get to start *really* teaching. I teach them to express themselves. Be unique. Dream. Be creative. Hear the music with your heart and perform it with your soul. Most importantly I try to teach them through music they can be anything and do anything that they choose. I, LOVE. My. Job.
Our school has had a new music teacher every year for nearly a decade. Until me. This is my second year. While my predecessors have done a fine job, no one has been there long enough to build the music program. Between that and drastic cuts in funding over the past several years the music program needs new life. I realized that we lacked the equipment necessary to accomplish the two most important aspects of a performance...to be seen and be heard. We have one small set of risers which is enough for approximately 15 kids. Only problem is that I teach 400 kids, and during each performance, anywhere from 65-85 students are showcased at a time, so the rest of them are left standing in a line on each side of the risers feeling awkward. Then there's the sound system and two outdated microphones. We don't have a gymnasium or auditorium so we perform outdoors. Although the excellent weather in our state provides a lovely atmosphere...most of what I've taught them floats up into the beautiful Arizona sky before it ever makes it way to the audience's ears. Then it all made sense. If I can't be seen and can't be heard...why bother?
For the majority of a year now I've been trying to think of a way to fix this problem. I want risers. I want better sound. But most importantly I want the kids to WANT to be there. Whether or not they realize it those experiences will without a doubt help shape them into more confident, well rounded individuals and they will carry those experiences with them for life. Period. Recently during class I had an incredible realization. It was as though time froze for a brief moment and as I scanned the class I couldn't help but find myself with tears in my eyes and goosebumps covered my body. I realized that it wasn't just their knowledge that had grown, They had grown. So much. And their love for the music was more powerful than I ever imagined it could be. What I saw was beautiful and what I heard was indescribable. These kids have to be seen. They have to be heard.
I went to bed that night and couldn't get it out of my mind. I dreamt about it all night and when I woke the next morning I immediately realized what it was. I wanted to make an album. I'd have the kids professionally recorded and filmed so everyone could see and hear how amazing they are. Then I'll sell the CDs and DVDs and use the money earned to buy the equipment I need for our school. Yes. That's it. And I knew exactly who I needed to call on for help.
Kent Hertz has been a dear friend of mine for nearly 20 years. Since meeting in the drumline in Southwest Iowa Honor Marching Band we have both continued filling our lives with music. He has become a seasoned co-writer, producer, and engineer in the music business and has recorded countless artists including Michael Jackson, Steve Miller, and Gloria Estefan. I contacted Kent and told him my idea. Without a moment's hesitation...he agreed. Now we just need your help to complete the project so that everyone can see and hear these inspiring students.
The "Rise Up Project" is not just about one school that needs risers and microphones. It is about a much deeper need. Our children need music. As a society we must come together to make it a priority in all of our schools.
Risks and challenges
The hardest part is knowing exactly when we can get the merchandise in our hands and start shipping everything out that you ordered. Although, assuming we are successful in funding, we will make sure we get all the prizes out immediately following the Kickstarter campaign which ends on June 30th. We will make sure to keep everyone in the loop who is a part of the Rise Up Project. Thank you for all your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Pledge $5 or more
You will get a special thank you logo to share with everyone, to let them know you donated the Rise Up Project.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $10 or more
Get an instant download (once project is successfully funded) of 2 songs from the album, and the thank you logo. You will get the songs 'Home' and 'Patriot Day'.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $20 or more
Get a physical copy of the album.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $30 or more
Get a physical copy of the DVD.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
Combo package #1
Get a copy of the CD and DVD.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
Combo package #2
Get everything from the combo package #1 plus a limited edition poster.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
Combo package #3
get everything from the combo package #2 plus a special T-shirt or tank top. Let us know what size you would like.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $250 or more
Your name will be on the back of the DVD cover along with the credits of those who recorded and filmed the DVD. Also you will get everything in the combo package #3.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
You will receive a thank you card and picture from the filming, that is signed by some of the kids from the Rise Up Project. Also the producer package and combo package #3.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
You will be on our Creative Board of Directors for next years album. Be apart of the process for our theme of 'empowerment'. Give us your top 5 songs within that theme, kid friendly please, and we will pick one and have it dedicated to you for the next album. Plus everything in the combo 3 package.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $2,000 or more
Rock Star For A Day...a day with Kent Hertz (Producer of Rise Up Project) at Saltmine Studios in Mesa, Arizona. You and a friend (and parent/guardian if recipient is a child) get to tour the recording studio and spend the day recording a song and receiving "Rock Star" treatment. You will receive everything from all the packages below. Travel is not covered in this package.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $5,000 or more
We will fly you and another person out for 3 days to Arizona to attend a concert with the Rise Up Project. Lodging will be provided as well. Also everything from the producer package and below. This will be for our May 3rd 2014 concert.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
We will fly you and another person to Arizona, for five nights, to attend a concert with the Rise Up Project. At the end of the concert you will be brought on stage to receive a personal framed thank you, signed by the kids in the Rise Up Project. Also, a free game at one of the top golf courses in the area, dinner for 2 for 2 nights at nice restaurants in Gilbert, and lodging. Also everything from the producer package and below. This will be for our May 3rd 2014 concert.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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