Coronavirus Fund for Freelance Musicians

by Sound World in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

£3,885

raised of £7,000 target

72

supporters
55% 9 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th August 2020 at 8:05pm

We're raising funds for musicians whose livelihoods have been hit hard by the pandemic, to keep them working & creating great music!

by Sound World in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Steve Reich, "I wish you great success in this humane and much needed project".

We're a music and education charity seeking to raise £7000 to employ freelance musicians, whose livelihoods have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, to perform and record a new, multi-movement work written by 12 leading composers from around the world.

This valuable, professional work will provide crucial financial support along with the creative outlet and collaborative experience that is so central to musicians' lives.

These fantastic performers, many from the Bristol Ensemble, have been at the heart of our work for many years and we owe much of our success to their talent and generosity of spirit.

Project Details
The 12 composers who will be writing new work for this project* are:

  • Sally Beamish
  • Gavin Bryars
  • Michael Ellison
  • Graham Fitkin
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie
  • Sadie Harrison
  • Nico Muhly
  • John Pickard
  • Geoff Poole
  • Howard Skempton
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage
  • * and Steve Reich who has granted us exclusive rights to create and use an arrangement of our choice of one his works.

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Once we have received the completed pieces, the performers will record their individual parts at home, in “lockdown”, in accordance with government restrictions. With your help, they will receive upfront payment of their recording fees, providing immediate relief from financial hardship.

The recorded parts will then be edited and mixed for online distribution (via streaming and download sites).

In a gesture of support for, and solidarity with, their performing colleagues, the composers are waiving their commission fees; also, Sound World is not charging a fee for running this project.

Any revenue from online sales and any donations received beyond our initial target will go towards helping more musicians, making a difference to more people's lives.

This project focuses on creating something genuinely positive and valuable out of a terrible situation. It solves an immediate financial crisis, not through charity handouts, but through a wonderful, collaborative, artistic endeavour. It will make a real difference to the participants, not just in material terms, but to their wellbeing and mental health.

It will provide the wider public with a great example of what art and artists can achieve and contribute in a time of need.

About Sound World
Sound World promotes wider access to great music through concert series, commissioning programmes and educational events. Our concerts and commissions place the best regional performers and composers alongside those of national and international renown, creating programmes of high ambition and strong local identity.

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We work with over 60 partner schools, many in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged areas, to ensure that all children, regardless of background, have access to the broad social, cognitive and developmental benefits of music education.

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We also run an annual series of composition workshops and provide advanced guidance and mentoring to the region's best young musicians, enabling our most promising talent to flourish.


We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£175 or more

3 of 5 claimed

The full package!

Download of the complete recorded work, a page of autograph score, a set of PDF scores and a copy of the title page signed by at least 9 composers (all composers are expected, but we can't absolutely guarantee that all will be available at time of signing). NB. The title page will be delivered once restrictions to movement in the UK and and US have been lifted.

£10 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Nico Muhly Exclusive

Nico Muhly has written and recorded a new piece for this project. Receive an exclusive, pre-release download of the work.

£10 or more

Gavin Bryars Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Gavin Bryars' specially written and recorded new piece Altissima Luce.

£10 or more

Evelyn Glennie Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Evelyn Glennie's specially written and recorded new piece The Grace of Silence.

£10 or more

Sally Beamish Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Sally Beamish's specially written and recorded new piece April.

£10 or more

John Pickard Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of John Pickard's specially written and recorded new piece Stronghold.

£10 or more

Geoff Poole Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Geoff's specially written and recorded new piece Crux Coronis.

£10 or more

Sadie Harrison Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Sadie's specially written and recorded new piece Corona Defined.

£10 or more

Michael Ellison exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Michael's specially written and recorded new piece Pek Kötü Olsa da Durum.

£10 or more

Howard Skempton Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Howard's specially written and recorded new piece Stepping Out.

£10 or more

Mark-Anthony Turnage Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Mark's specially written and recorded new piece

£10 or more

Steve Reich Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of our specially arranged and recorded Steve Reich work.

£10 or more

Graham Fitkin Exclusive

An exclusive pre-release download of Graham's specially written and recorded new piece Violin Violin Piano.

£20 or more

Download & Signed Title Page

Download of the complete recorded work plus a copy of the title page signed by one of the composers.

£30 or more

8 of 30 claimed

Live Première

Download of the complete recorded work and two tickets to the live world première at St George's, donors will also be able to attend a rehearsal and meet some of the composers and performers.

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Download & Autograph Manuscript

Download of the complete recorded work plus one page of autograph manuscript.

£50 or more

Download & Full Score

Download of the complete recorded work plus a full set of PDF scores.

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Download & Title Page Signed By Composers

Download of the complete recorded work plus a copy of the title page signed by at least 9 composers (all composers are expected, but we can't absolutely guarantee that all will be available at time of signing). NB. The title page will be delivered once restrictions to movement in the UK and and US have been lifted.

£150 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Download, Score & Title Signed By Composers

Download of the complete recorded work plus a full set of PDF scores and a copy of the title page signed by at least 9 composers (all composers are expected, but we can't absolutely guarantee that all will be available at time of signing). NB. The title page will be delivered once restrictions to movement in the UK and and US have been lifted.

Let's make 'Coronavirus Fund for Freelance Musicians' happen

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