Hello I'm Sidney Barnes, singer, song writer, record producer, musican, talent developer, sketch artist, sculptor, and now, author. I'm here at indiegogo to raise funds that will assist me in aquiring the proper advertising, marketing, and promotion, needed to get my new music and my new autobiography out to the general public world wide. At 71 years of age I'm celebrating my 50th year in the music business. I'm a Motown Alumni, who over the years has appeared live on stage in concert, and performed in the recording studio, with some of the greatest Rhythm & Blues, and Rock & Roll, recording acts of our generation, including Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, and many others. My songs have been recorded by some major stars and have appeared on movie sound tracks and TV jingles. I'm known internationally, especially in the UK among the Northern Soul crowd. And I currently appear on over 150 various CD compilations and albums on the market world wide. During the late 60's I was the co-leader of a popular Soul/Rock band called Rotary Connection out of Chicago, with the late great Minnie Riperton. Besides these current projects I speak of here, I also have other solo recording projects in the works. Along with a couple of film and TV projects that are waiting to be developed. I currently appear on the Minnie Riperton Unsung TV bio. edisode. And I'm also currently featured on the HOT new and very funky album project called,"The Big Old Nasty Get Down", dueting with my old buddy George Clinton on the song "Beauty Of Pretty", which he & I co- wrote together.
Although my EP is on sale at Amazon.com & iTunes, and being digitally distributed around the world by Wolf Entertainment, based in Australia. Nothing's going to really happen with it until I can expose it on the popular American FM radio stations, do exstensive marketing, and back it up with a great video, and live TV and concert apperances.
What I Need & What You Get
My goal now is to reignite my career, so that I can become a bona fide role model and career builder for other young artist just getting started in the business. In the past I have helped and encouraged, several up and coming young acts who went on to great success , among them are, Minnie Riperton, Chaka Khan, Donnie Hathaway, Earth Wind & Fire, George Clinton, and a few others, and I want to continue doing more of that. What better way to help other people further their goals and careers, then to make me, and my accomplishes, an example. I will of course continue to spend time in the studio with my old friend and song writing partner George Clinton, creating some hot new future funk. Raising $25,000 in 40 days, plus what I can personally come up with through other resources available to me, will greatly help me establish this dream I have nutured for years. That is, to be in the position to encourage people of all ages, all over the world, to never give up on their dream, and stay creative. $25,000 is not nearly enough to do all that's needed to be done, but it's a good start. And it's a lot more than I have to work with right now.
What I'm Offering
I've got some interesting perks I'm offering, and each week I will be adding cool stuff to my perks list. So thanks for helping out. Remember if you can't contribute any money, then just spread the word around the internet about this project, and become a part of this movement with me as my support team. And let's make a difference in a lot of peoples lives through music.
Money Needed For:
.Attorney fees....for setting up deals,creating proper contracts.
.Hire an experienced record promotion company to promote my music to targeted markets.
.Hire an experienced Public Relations firm, to set up radio and TV interviews for me to promote, and talk about my music, my book, & any of my other projects. And also help me set up a not too expensive market plan.
.Shoot 2 inexpensive professional looking Music Videos, with experienced production crew (I have friends)
.Fee's for additional Recording studio time to complete CD projects now in the works.
.Fee's associated with setting up a capable social media networking system.
.Cost associated with setting up a small East Coast promotional tour. With book signings, live music concerts peformances, and meet and greet sessions.These Cost include business travel, gas, air fare, meals, correspondence, etc..
Executive Creative Director