A Fund for a Piano - To Play & Compose at Home

by Douglas Dare in London, England, United Kingdom

A Fund for a Piano - To Play & Compose at Home


£1,450 target 22 days left
131% 55 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £1,450 is pledged by 8th February 2021 at 4:43pm

Help Douglas buy a studio-quality acoustic piano that he can have in his home to write, compose and record on.

by Douglas Dare in London, England, United Kingdom

Dear friends,

Thank you for taking the time to check out my crowdfunder where I'm asking for your help to buy a piano for my home. COVID hasn't only meant us artist have had to cancel our tours but we are also unable to go in the studio to write or record and this is why I am asking for your help, so I can get a piano in to my house so that I can write, compose and ultimately record from home. 

Why Don't You Already Have a Piano Douglas?

Many of you may be surprised that I don't already have the beloved instrument already in my home but up until now, it hasn't been entirely possible or needed; for the last 9 years I have written and recorded all my piano songs on real acoustic instruments in studios, rehearsal rooms and even in the schools where I used to teach. I have never been inspired to write on electric keyboards and up until now, I have only had space in my home for such a keyboard. Whilst I have been able to record demos at home, I have never written a song on my keyboard and now, as we face more time at home, I want (and need) to play a real acoustic, living and breathing piano. I find it is acoustic pianos that inspire me alone and it is detrimental to my livelihood that I am able to write at home. 

So after getting permission to remove some large furniture from my rented house I am finally able to make space for an upright piano. 

But Aren't there Lots of Free Pianos?

Lots of you will probably know that there are many free pianos to be had on the internet but I have two requirements which make finding a free or very cheap piano very difficult; firstly, I require something of studio quality that is in full working order and sounds good that I can use to record and secondly, I need a piano that is small enough to fit up the very small spiral staircase in to my house and such pianos are much more rare. 

Do You Know which Piano you're Going to Buy?

I have found the ideal piano, fully restored and only six octaves (considerably smaller than a standard upright). She has a beautiful tone, despite being smaller bodied and will certainly fit up the stairs.  


How Much Are You Raising and Are There Prizes?

I need to raise £1450, which pays for the restored piano (£1250), the moving of the piano (£150) and a piano stool (£50). 

I have come up with some rewards/incentives for the money you donate which I hope will serve as some thank you for helping me so much. 

All my love and many, many thanks,



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 or more

A private download link to my unreleased bonus song ‘Behind The Walls’. Leave your email and it will be sent.

£10 or more

£10 or more

A signed personal thank you postcard sent to your door with download link for bonus song ‘Behind The Walls’.

£45 or more

15 of 15 claimed

£45 or more

Handwritten Lyrics; chose any song of mine from one of my three albums, carefully written on high-quality A4 writing paper, dedicated to you or a loved one and signed. Sent flat in a protective envelope so you can keep safe, gift it or take out and frame, it's up to you. (You will be contacted over email to chose your song)

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£200 or more

A unique song, composed especially for you on the piano, where you can chose to have your own name or someone else’s included, or chose the theme of the song. Written and recorded on the new piano - receive a high-quality WAV download via email plus the handwritten lyrics sent to you by post.

Let's make 'A Fund for a Piano - To Play & Compose at Home' happen

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