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Hello friends and lovers of music, my name is Ash Devine. I am raising funds to support the release of my next album, and the launching of a CD release tour to promote the album. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and what inspires me to play music. I am a songwriter, caring clown, multi-instrumentalist collaborative community-based artist and global citizen. I am from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the heart of Appalachia. For 8 years I lived in Asheville, North Carolina and attended college for Drama and Transformative Community Arts.
My career began at 13 when I taught myself guitar and began performing in cafes. Music became a powerful creative outlet, a fundamental part of my mental and emotional health. From the beginning, I wanted to do something meaningful with the music. I wanted to affect the world in a positive way. I believe this inspiration came from the community rich culture of my appalachian upbringing. I continued on my path as a songwriter, performing at community events, human rights rallies and local music venues. I had no idea that the music would later lead me on international journeys into the poorest hospitals in the western hemisphere.
Music is an action: Why I do what I do...
In 2008 I got my first ukulele and went to Haiti with Patch Adams and the Geshundheit! Institute, my first humanitarian musical clowning mission.
In Haiti, I was shocked by the immense poverty and suffering existing within a culture of vibrant love, music and community. My clowning travels later brought me to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru and Vietnam, and nursing homes across the United States where I witnessed immense suffering transformed through joyful human interaction and simple musical connection.
Performing in medical facilities permanently changed my outlook on the world, and on music and play. I can no longer consider myself simply an "entertainer", I am a social activist dedicated to music and play as acts of transformation.
I perform music in a variety of settings, such as: collaborative concerts with other grassroots artists, community song circles, nursing homes, group homes for persons with disabilities, youth education programs, and spontaneous scenerios such as public transportation and other "unlikely" places. Over the years, my work has evolved into a working exploration of music and arts as catalysts for joy, transformation and connection. I now believe that music, arts and joy are basic needs.
Outcomes: Whats in it for us?
The songs on this upcoming album "Something to Say" illustrate a deep care for the planet and its inhabitants, inspired by true stories of people i've met/ witnessed, my personal experiences/ observations of society and whispers from the planet. This album is actually just a starting point to cultivate future humanitarian projects.
This completion of this album will help my work move to the next level of action. For several years I have struggled to explain what exactly I do. This collection of songs is an accurate representation of what I have to offer as a community oriented folk artist and a recording artist. I will be able to sell this CD at shows, donate to organizations,promote other grassroots artists,launch humanitarian projects and release new inspired songs into the world .
Whats next ?! Future Music For Folk projects
Ukulele Project; Music education and instrument gifting in orphanages internationally.
Elders and Youth Transforming;a bridging generations arts project bringing youth to homes for elderly to collaborate, make friends and make art together.
Grassroots music and arts are an asset to every community. By supporting my project, you are reaching the lives of many. This album is a collaborative project designed to benefit several grassroots artists. You are supporting a variety of talented community based artists by contributing to this project !
Your support also inspires me to create more outreach projects in the future. With out your enthusiasm and moral support, these projects would not be possible.
Giving and Receiving
For this project "Something to Say" , we are looking for $6,000 to help cover: The 6,000 will be distributed among the team of artists who made this project possible, and for distribution, duplication and promotional costs.
The budget includes:
$2500-Studio recording costs(engineer costs,recording time, mixing/mastering fees),
$800-pay studio musicians (5 musicians who've gracefully contributed on loan),
$700-pay local grassroots design artists for CD artwork and web site design,
$1,300- Distribution and replication costs
$1000- Promotional costs for the CD-release tour, conference table fees, merchandise, mailing, promotional team salary, travel expenses.
If we do not reach our entire goal, funds raised will go directly to the recording studio Tool Shed Sound Lab and to pay studio musicians.
My Collaborative Team: These funds benefit a team of Artists!
George Rezendes: Tool Shed Sound Lab sound engineer and producer
F.M Turner(Of http://thefloorboards.net') Bass/ Multi-instrumentalist/ Producer
Saro Lynch Thomason: Graphic Artist and musical collaborator
More ways that you can Help:
There are several ways that you can contribute to this project!
Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about Ash Devine and Music For Folk. Contact me and I will happily send you a letter that you can forward to your contact lists, also share my info on Facebook ! Tell people that you believe in my work, and send them to the IndieGoGo website, and the www.ashdevine.net website.
I am also accepting donations in the form of marketing, promotional materials design, website design, merchandise production and booking management. If you interested in contributing your skills to this project, please let us know !
Thank you for taking the time to read our story!