I am Jim VanNewKirk, and I am a Navy Vet and an inde solo performing singer-songwriter from Corona, CA. I have been writing and record songs in my home over the last five years, and I have enough original material to record three albums. I have auditioned for America's Got Talent, competed in the local Southern California Texaco Country Showdown, performed at the music industry NAMM Trade Shows in both Anaheim, CA and Nashville, and performed at the famous Commodore Grill in Nashville, TN. In 2011, I accepted an offer to performe a two hour show in the small town of Newaygo Michigan. I recently competed in Eric Clapton's Play Crossroads Guitar Festival Contest online for a chance to play at that show, and I came in #120th out of over 2500 bands. Look me up on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-VanNewKirk/53112999860?ref=mf
The funds raised will be used to start my independant music business in Columbus, OH, by purchasing a used mid sized touring vehical and small trailer that my wife and I will use to drive from California to Ohio, where we will set up my music business. We wil also purchase all of the instruments and accessories needed, recording equipment, pa system, the professional album mixing, mastering, duplication and packaging of my first nine original song album, t-shirts, hats and other promotional items for selling online and at shows, and business start up costs.
With your help, I will be "for the most part" a totally independent recording and touring artist, with my wife April as my business partner, who will be in charge of booking shows at churches, retirment communities, military bases and hospitals, fairs, music venues and corporate events. I would also like to be able to donate some of my time to playing for worthy causes and charities for children's causes and our troops.
I plan on immediately working on the recording of my 9 song original album, so that I can have it available to the public in both cd form, and on Itunes by sometime in late September, or early October. I have enough material for two more albums after that. If I am fully funded, or close to it, I will then work on haveing all of the promotional items made, like t-shirts, hats, and other items, to be sold on line and at shows.
WHAT I NEED TO GET STARTED?
I am seeking to raise $50,000.00 to purchase a used touring vehicle and small tow trailer-$10,000.00 to $14,000.00, Complete PA system-$2499.00, Wireless Headset micraphone system-$430.00, Portable powered generator-$800.00, E-Z Up-$150.00, Roland electric drum kit-$799.00, Drum thron-$169.00, Casio keyboard-$799.00, Set of Hohner harmonicas-$170.00, Fishman Loudbox Performer acoustic guitar amp-$800.00, Boss guitar loop station guitar foot pedal-$300.00, TC Electric Vocal Harmony pedal-$350.00, Takamini acoustic/electric 12 string guitar-$750.00, Fender Telecaster-$800.00, Lanikai electric/acoustic ukulele-$170.00, Washburn acoustic/electric mandolin-$600.00, Fender resonator acoustic/electric guitar-$800.00, Fender P Bass-$580.00, Fender Blues Deluxe Amp-$800.00, ipad-$699.00, Peterson guitar tuner$72.00, equiment dolly-$132.00, SKB travel acoustic guitar case-$325.00, speaker stand bags-$55.00, mic stand bags-$42.00, 24 track digital recorder-$1500.00, 2ea Audio-Technica condensor mics $700.00 ea, 2ea Shure SM57-instrument mics-$109.00, Mic preamp-$1999.00, Deering B6 6-String Banjo-$1800.00, Studio monitors-$500.00, 1000ea professionally duplicated, mastered and packaged 9 song CDs with artwork and booklets-$3,437.00, Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer-$699.00, T-shirts, hats and hoodies-$3500.00. I would also like to use some of the funds for a Nashville, TN trip to play at the 2013 NAMM show and local venues. If you have a question about my campaign, you can Email me@ email@example.com and put (Question About Indiegogo Campaign) in the header.
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR SUPPORT
I will have great perks for each level of funding, starting at the $10 level with a pre album release download of the entire album, and each higher level of funding will recieve more substancial perks, like physical autographed album cds, autographed t-shirts, your name added to cd liner notes, framed handwritten lyrics autographed to you, autographed instruments that I have used to write songs, used in my shows, or in the recording of my album, like cajons, a personally written and recorded song, "and writer's credit on that son"g for you, 12 string Takamini guitars, autographed Taylor 414ce 6 string guitar used during the writing many of my songs and performing, in home shows where you will be presented with an autographed guitar and producer's credit on the cd liner notes, and for the funder, or funders at the $25,000 level (not shown), I will Fly to your hometown anywhere "within reasonin and access" in the United States, Canada,or Europe for a writing session with you, an in home acoustic show, the autographed guitar used in the show, and I will record the song that was written when I get back, and send you a professionally mastered cd, as well as a framed cd of that song with their name in the credits. I will also be making updated videos for my Youtube channel on the progress of the campaign, where I will thank each funder for their help and support.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL?
If I am unable to reach my financial goal, I will still be able to move forward with my music business with what I do receive. I have five years worth of songs that I have written and recorded, and my fan base is continuing to grow, but with a fully funded campaign, I will be able to go far beyond what I have been able to do up to this point.
WHAT IMPACT DOES MY MUSIC HAVE ON YOU AND THE WORLD?
I currently have two different independant artists who have plans to recording two of my original songs for their albums, and one song of mine is on hold with a publisher in Nashville, who is looking for the right project for it. My goal is to not only write songs for myself, but also for other artists, as well as write and record songs for hire, as well as recording other song writers "at low cost" who cannot afford to pay for studio time.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
I know all to well how tough times are for many people right now, so if you are unable to contribute financially to my campaign, but would like to halp, then I would be glad to have you as a Team Member! As a Team Member, ou can share my campaign on your social media sites like facebook and twitter by using the share link from this page. Everything helps and I really appreciate your support! If you refer anyone to my campaign and they contribute $25 or more, please tell them to let me know who referred them, so that I can properly thank you as well.
Thank you so much
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