"SUPPORT SWITCHBOX TV SUPPORT THE ARTS"
MUSIC, COMEDY AND ACTORS NEED2KNOW SHOWS
Daniel, Samira and Sean met whilst working in the Arts industry, then COVID-19 hit, and whilst initially being put on furlough they were made redundant from their jobs. They didn’t want to sit around, so with Daniel’s 25 years’ experience in the Production/Campaigns, Samira’s 20 years in Business and Sean’s 15-year career in Media, they all put their heads together and saw how hard the Arts sector has suffered and simply wanted to ‘Support the Arts’. This led to the creation of the Need2Know shows in Music, Comedy and Acting. Through their support for all the workers and industry people they want the Arts to come back fighting.
Back in March 2020, when Covid-19 hit and the country went into full lockdown, Ronan (Elvis Costello’s younger brother) instigated ‘Artists4NHS’ as his wife was a nurse and he wanted to help and raise money for her fellow workers. He didn’t have a platform to support this, and as Daniel. Samira and Sean were in the early stages of setting up digital entertainment channel ‘Switchbox TV’ they decided to join forces and release Artists4NHS on Switchbox TV’s YouTube channel. Collectively they helped raise millions towards the final total for the NHS front line staff.
Ronan, who is Switchbox TV's Head of Music, is a musician himself, Ronan, just like many other artists had a huge number of gigs cancelled due to the pandemic. The music industry along with theatre, television and film is suffering that's why the Need2Know shows are an important vehicle to keep arts in the forefront of people’s minds. Since its inception, Ronan has gone on to interviews stars from all corners of the globe.
Need2Know Music Show – Unsigned and Signed Musicians - hosted by established singer Ronan McManus (younger brother of Elvis Costello)
Need2Know Acting Show – Up-and-coming Actors and established Actors - hosted by a respected Sky TV Presenter Rob McCaffrey
Need2Know Comedy Show – Up-and-coming and established comedians - hosted by a television personality and stand-up comic Joe Rooney aka Father Damo from (Father Ted)
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO AFTER COVID
When the rules are more relaxed, we will bring all the shows to the studio where the production value will be higher. We will also be looking at the possibility of doing these interviews/gigs from musicians/comedians in front of a live studio audience. We will also be looking at putting on a live Acting Masterclass. All of these will be live and streamed through our YouTube Channel.
MEET THE TEAM
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH YOUR MONEY
PRODUCTION BUDGET BREAKDOWN
WHATS IN IT FOR YOU?
We’re grateful for every pound put forward and are looking forward to expressing that gratitude through these perks!
WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?
In an ever-changing landscape of Film and TV, more and more people are taking matters into their own hands and watching content online. We're constantly inspired by filmmakers who fiercely protect their creative integrity. Doing this crowdfunding campaign our budget allows us to do exactly that. We want to remind creatives and audiences alike that there's always interest — and room — for great content.
Here you will not only “Support the Arts” you will also be showing your belief in us and what we can achieve for you.
We’re grateful to take this route because it gives us more creative freedom and the ability to take you on that journey with us — every step of the way. Our perks will provide you with updates and opportunities to....
RISKS & CHALLENGES
Launching a channel that produces and licenses its content is an expensive business – but you’ll be glad to know that a lot of the heavy lifting has already been completed. The team is uniquely experienced to be able to successfully deliver great content – as well as all of the other technical and creative aspects of this project. We’re going to make the funds we receive stretch as far as possible to make the best online content.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you can’t support us with pounds then your enthusiasm and support is equally valuable - Tweet, Facebook, Linkedin, this project as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to use morse code or smoke signals. Talk about it with friends and associates at work, spreading the word about the campaign is just as important!
We’re so thankful for any support you can offer during our campaign.