Howard Lake | 4 September 2014 | News Gift of music campaign raises £41,000 for Britten Sinfonia 41 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Results to dateIn its first year, Musically Gifted has raised £41,000, including 14 £1,000 donations. The average gift has been £81, and 350 donors have made one or more gifts.The campaign is extending Britten Sinfonia’s brand. Some donations in the £500 to £1000 range have come from people in cities around the world in which the orchestra has never performed. The orchestra is also learning more about the interests of their supporters, as donors choose which type of musical composition they would like to support, and which composer.Harriss has noticed that the campaign is attracting slightly younger donors compared to previous fundraising appeals.Artists themselves are getting behind the campaign, with some engaging well with donors on Facebook and Twitter. Indeed, the list of composers is evolving with new ones being added from time to time. Since some people have given to more than one composition, the orchestra is mailing donors with details of new compositions available for funding in the hope of a repeat gift.Musically Gifted is not a crowd funding campaign, so there is no deadline or urgency to give.You can listen to sample works from the composers whose work is available to support e.g. Britten Sinfonia’s Musically Gifted fundraising campaign has raised £41,000 in its first year. The orchestra is inviting people to make a donation or to buy a gift for someone which will fund a new music composition.Donors can give from £10 to £1,000, in return for which they will receive one or more benefits. All donors will get their name included in the full score of the work being supported.In addition, there is a sliding scale of benefits, similar to crowdfunding campaigns.Donor benefitsThere are six tiers of giving via Musically Gifted. Benefits for donors, or rather incentives to donors, are:£10 – a big thank you on Facebook and Twitter, a thank you/gift card, plus emails updating you on the evolution of the piece£50 – a copy of the front page of the score, signed by the composer£100 – a copy of the entire score, signed by the composer£250 – two complimentary tickets to the world premiere, and a private reception at the world premiere£500 – an invitation to attend the rehearsals of the chosen work£1000 – crediting as Principal Commissioner in the score and programme, and an invitation to afternoon tea with Britten Sinfonia players and the composerThere are also opportunities for those who wish to give more. For example, a donation of £5000 will open up exclusive benefits.Will Harriss, Development Director at Britten Sinfonia, came up with the idea. Through its Catalyst scheme, Arts Council England is match-funding donations by individuals up to a total of £50,000 in the first year.He described the campaign as “one of the few places you can buy some new music for someone else [at a price virtually anyone can afford]”. He acknowledged that it was similar to the virtual gifts catalogue such as OxfamUnwrapped and Archie the goat.In the past, he explained, commissioning new music was the preserve of wealthy patrons. Now, Musically Gifted offered a more democratic approach, opening up this method of support for music composition to all music-lovers.There was some concern that, by developing this new fundraising product, the chamber orchestra might cannibalise existing donation streams, but that does not appear to have happened. Indeed, many existing supporters who have given to the campaign have given substantially more than they had done in previous standard appeals. Others had come to concerts for years, but had not given to traditional fundraising asks, but have been inspired to give in response to this one. Advertisement Tagged with: arts Arts Council England music virtual gifts A Tenner for a Tenor campaignMusically Gifted has been built following the experiences of an earlier ‘fundraising product’ campaign. In 2010 the orchestra launched a nine-month campaign called ‘Tenner for a Tenor’. The aim was to raise funds for a commission from British composer Jonathan Dove for a chamber ensemble and solo tenor voice.This was the orchestra’s first attempt at crowd funding. There was just one level of giving – £10, hence the name. Donations were accepted online, via text messages, and mail. Every donor would have their name listed on the full score.The campaign used humour, with a picture of a sausage on the front of the leaflet, emphasising that they were asking for just “the same price as 4 lb of sausages”.It raised over £3,000, excluding a substantial initial gift which helped them set up the campaign. The average gift was around £12.80. Over the 300 or so donors, 75% were new donors to the orchestra.Harriss said that this pilot campaign “demonstrated an appetite amongst audiences to play a part in helping to create the music that they hear on stage, provided that the price is right”.He added: “Having tested the principles of crowd-funding, it is now firmly embedded within the orchestra’s fundraising strategy, to the extent that over the coming 3-5 years a majority of Britten Sinfonia new music commissions are likely to be funded in whole or in part) this way”. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. 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Chicago prog-jam favorites Mungion have announced their 2017 headlining Fall Tour schedule. The band will begin at the newly formed Globe Hall in Denver, CO, play dates throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio, with several stops in their home state of Illinois, before heading East to take on Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusets, finally concluding their run in Vermont. These dates are in addition to their already scheduled appearances at Night Lights Music Festival in Sherman, NY, the inaugural Canyon Jam at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellevue, CO, and Thornville, OH’s Resonance Music and Arts Festival.Mungion Showcases Tight Jamming On Ambitious Debut Album, ‘Scary Blankets’ [Listen]The 4-piece has been causing quite the stir since their inception in 2015, consistently selling out their hometown shows within a matter of hours. The band, which features Justin Reckamp (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Re (Keyboards/Vocals), Sean Carolan (Bass/Vocals) and Matt Kellen (Drums/Vocals). They have already toured with the likes of moe., Everyone Orchestra, Here Come The Mummies and Spafford, to name a few, and have played national festivals like Suwannee Hulaween and Summer Camp Music Festival.Tickets for all newly announced dates are on sale beginning today at 12 noon EST. For information on specific dates, head to the band’s website.You can get excited for Mungion’s fall tour with this incredible studio rendition of “Sloob Syndrome” from their debut album, Scary Blankets:See below for a full list of upcoming Mungion tour dates:Mungion Fall 2017 Tour Dates8/26 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Music Festival9/7 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam @ The Mishawaka9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s[Cover photo via Aaron Bradley]
Jams on the Sand 2018 Artist Schedule:June 21st – Mihali (of Twiddle) (Burlington, VT) | Bencoolen (Washington, D.C.)June 28th – Pink Talking FishJuly 5th – Kung Fu (New Haven, CT)July 12th – Aqueous (Buffalo, NY)July 19th – Organ Freeman (Los Angeles, CA)July 26th – Juice (Boston, MA) | Little Stranger (Charleston, SC)Aug 2rd – Locos Por Juana (Miami, FL)Aug 9th – Ikebe Shakedown (Brooklyn, NY)Aug 16th – Mungion (Chicago, IL)Aug 23rd – Aztec Sun (Washington, D.C)Aug 30th – New Kingston (Brooklyn, NY via Jamaica)View All Artists/Dates Today, Jams on the Sand announced the artist lineup for their third-annual free summer concert series, set to take place each Thursday from June 21st through August 30th at beachside venue The Anchor’s Bend in Asbury Park, NJ.Presented by The Anchor’s Bend in conjunction with the Asbury Park Press, the series will showcase a different national recording artist every week. The performers range widely in style–from funk to soul to roots rock, jam, and reggae–offering something for everyone over the course of the summer.This year’s Jams on the Sand performers include Mihali (of Twiddle), Bencoolen, Pink Talking Fish, Kung Fu, Aqueous, Organ Freeman, Juice, Little Stranger, Locos Por Juana, Ikebe Shakedown, Mungion, Aztec Sun, and New Kingston.Brand-new act cB3–comprised of Chris Buono on guitar, Ben Stivers on keys (Gregg Allman/Bee Gees/Chris Botti), and Tobias Ralph on drums (Adrian Belew/Lauryn Hill)—will kick off each show in the series at 6 pm.The events will be hosted rain or shine, with The Anchor’s Bend promenade or the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall to be used in case of inclement weather. The rotating lineup will perform on the Beach Stage of Anchor’s Bend from 5 to 10 p.m. each week. 21+ admitted only in all drinking areas. Happy Hour specials will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.Watch the Jams On The Sand announcement video and check out a full list of artists and dates below. For more information, head to the Jams on the Sand website.Jams On The Sand 2018 Announcement Video:[Video: Jams On The Sand]