Artists In Residence
Musicians & artists have
always rallied to serve and uplift the spirit of mankind in times of need and
emergency, such as natural disasters like Katrina, 9-11, or for charitable
causes. In return, benefactors of all kinds have sponsored them,
from the days of composers, like Bach and Mozart, to the present day.
In today’s world,
through the miracle of the internet, sponsors can connect with artists directly,
helping them bring the benefits they offer to humanity through their
music. Please read this page to learn more.
Imagine life with no music. No favorite songs. No
old classics. No new songs. Even famous artists were once "unknown."
Just like days of old, you have the opportunity to
support up and coming independent artists
Because artists love what they do they
are often willing to sacrifice economic "security" for the joy of creating,
sharing, and serving others with their music.
Why Artists Need Our Support
To be an artist, you basically have to
give up what most people think of as "normal"
For a touring artist, the "daily
commute" can be hundreds of miles
Add to that, the necessity for rehearsal
time, scheduling and booking, administration, managing recording time with
an already heavy touring schedule, being away from friends and family,
along with all the tasks of daily living.
The hours of time needed to hone and
perfect their craft and manage their career is not commensurate to the pay
artists receive, with the exception of a very few who break through.
Your tax deductible contribution can help the
artist to build a sustainable career that serves the greater good through
the benefits of music.
Research verifies the benefits of music to everyone:
Promotes well-being, feelings of happiness
Helps in physical healing
Opens the brain's creative channels for new ideas and problem solving
Soothes emotions of sadness
Reduces anxiety and stress
Motivates and bolsters confidence
Sets, enhances the mood for life-events
Promotes reverence, awe and wonder for the "sacred"
Promotes good feelings for play and learning among children
Connects a broad spectrum of people socially, nationally and
Sooths the "savage beast" -- animals and plants respond to
Any emotion can be expressed, enhanced and released through
listening to music
These true stories are unfortunately typical of literally thousands of
musical workers. It's a fact that every year some of the most amazingly
talented musicians die due to untreated health problems.
just quit music, and their creative voice is silent forever.
Mike, Matt, and Jay are recent Berkley College of Music
graduates who share a studio apartment in Boston. They write and perform music
and teach at a local music store while working on their band's first full
production CD. Despite being at the top of their class, they can't afford
heat in their apartment in the freezing winter, or good quality food; and healthcare is
out of the question with rent, touring expenses, college loans, and funding
their recording project. When they tour, their van just gets them from gig to gig
and costs so much in gas that it is unlikely that they will break even while
working on the road.
An independent artist recently had a medical emergency
that in just 17 hours racked up a hospital bill of $60,000. Forget
follow-up care or meds.
A 30 year music veteran was hired to play with a 10-piece "big band" in
a major city. He walked away with $35 dollars which covered parking. The
venue didn't even provide a meal. For the three hour job plus
rehearsals and travel, he netted $10.00, while the venue made thousands.
A respected and accomplished vocalist, who once toured with
an internationally known superstar, sang at a
popular "salon". The venue did not pay her, even though it charged
admission and made more than
$5,000. Her "pay" was the "exposure & prestige" She paid her bass and keyboard player
to accompany her only affording $50 for each of them out of pocket.
Your support makes a difference that makes it possible for an artist to
create music that benefits all who hear
(See column on left for benefits of music)
OUR CURRENT ROSTER OF
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
(click on artist to learn more)
You can choose your level of support, monthly, annual
or one-time gift.