Revealing the hidden gems of original singer/songwriters across the United States of America. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 7, 2013.
About this project
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The music industry has changed considerably. There are hundreds of musicians in every U.S. city who have immense talent and deserve a platform where they can be seen and heard.
Gone are the days of submitting your video to MTV and striking it lucky by making it on television. Radio stations are mostly owned by large corporations who pre-determine what music is played. Trying out for a spot on a nationally broadcast singing competition is nearly impossible. Without touring for years, and building an audience (the artist that lives out of a suitcase scenario), how can locally known and up and coming artists ever reach a wider audience with their music?
This is where Soul Sessions USA comes in: We want to film unsigned singers and songwriters that live in every U.S. city.
Our initial 14 artist videos aired in prime time on KITV (ABC) and are now featured weekly on the Star Advertiser and their website The Pulse;
We started in Honolulu, and would love to trailblaze across the United States, filming and recording the outstanding musical talent that we know is out there. We will work with people in each city we visit, networking and building relationships, creating a momentum, involving the artists, and the cities we visit in promoting the music. Not only will we professionally record, shoot and edit each performance, but we will also complete a DVD including every artist from each city. We will use these DVD's to secure radio play, and promote each artist with marketing and promotion. Finally, we will compile a best of DVD, compiling the best songs from all of the ten cities.
10 Cities, 10 Artists in every City... That’s 100 songs that will be seen and heard by a new audience… An audience that is built by those of us who believe in featuring locally known and up and coming talent… If you love music, and believe in giving artists a chance, join us in this movement… AND BRING GREAT, NEW MUSIC, BACK!
It is a big dream. You can help make it happen by pledging for songs! If enough of you buy songs and DVD's, you'll help charge a music revolution.
A $36,000 goal may seem like a lot of money, but here's the deal: Traveling to 10 cities while professionally recording, filming, and editing 10 original artists in each city costs money! It really breaks down to $3,600 per city. That's just $360 per production. Not to mention the additional costs in making the DVD's for 100 artists.
And, we're not just filming and recording the artists: We are making an HD broadcast quality performance DVD. The technical set-up for filming and recording a live performance includes many things: The chosen venue, lighting technicians, sound engineers, wardrobe, camera operators, a Director and Editor, sound mixing, color correction, etc.; As you can see, it takes a lot of careful planning to properly record and film an artist.
So, we need your support to start an original singer/songwriter revolution!
AUSTIN, CHICAGO, DETROIT, HONOLULU, LOS ANGELES, MIAMI, NASHVILLE, NEW ORLEANS, NEW YORK, PORTLAND AND SEATTLE, You're first!
Thank you in advance for your pledges!
Project Partner Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1580680/bio
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges are very minimal as the team involved in producing and executing the rewards are film/video professionals that have extensive experience and have been working in the business for a long time.
However, this is a large travel and production undertaking. Each City will have the same risks and challenges;
1. Finding and securing the right venue within the budget capable of shooting broadcast quality sound and lighting.
2. Securing talent, and contracting singer songwriters.
3. Securing local production personnel.
1. Solving location issues requires scouting and negotiations. However, we have already proven that even an empty warehouse will suffice.
2. In order to secure talent, we created a performance contract and were able to execute the contract with over 20 individual performers in Honolulu.
3. There are professional production freelance crews available in each of our big cities. Finding the best, will require research including time looking at reels and checking references. However, in a pinch, our partnering producers are also capable of running camera and sound to resolve any emergency need, so that little money will be wasted during budgeted shoot days. In other words the show must go on, and it will!
One of our partners has produced millions of dollars worth of low budget productions, including hundreds of hours of prime time multiple camera television remotes. Another partner owns most of the gear required for executing this projects production requirements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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