Conspiracy of Venus records their first album: Muse Ecology

San Francisco's daring and inventive female vocal ensemble Conspiracy of Venus is recording a full length album!
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Conspiracy of Venus
Music
San Francisco, California
United States
8 Team Members

YIPPEEEE!!!! We made our goal! 

WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR AMAZING, HEART-WARMING SUPPORT. WE LOVE YOU ALL!

Since we have 3 days left, we are adding some...

STRETCH GOALS

$25,000 : Conspiracy of Venus will purchase a video camera for use at shows and during the recording process! This is another dream of ours, as we always struggle to get the quality and abundance of video footage we would like to have available to use and share.

$30,000 : Muse Ecology gets bonus tracks! We Venusians have a large repertoire, and this will allow us to record additional tracks for release. What a gift for us!

$35,000: Conspiracy of Venus makes an original music video! 

We have tons of perks, and there is something for everyone. Scroll down to find out more about us and also check out the "gallery" tab for larger photos of our perks!


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Who We Are

Conspiracy of Venus is a 30-woman vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, CA that explores the creative frontiers of music under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride. We interpret Joyce’s daring and inventive arrangements of beloved songs, ranging from popular classics (Joni Mitchell’s "Big Yellow Taxi" and David Bowie’s "Life On Mars") to edgy contemporary pieces (Bjork’s "Possibly Maybe"), as well as original compositions by Joyce with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. Drawing inspiration from medieval music, jazz, funk, and new music, Conspiracy of Venus takes vocal music into territories not explored by more traditional choirs or college-style a cappella groups (though we are also inspired by them!).

Conspiracy of Venus speaks out through our music about political issues from feminism to environmentalism. Our newest composition puts “The Buddha’s Parable of the Burning House,” a poem by Bertolt Brecht set to music by Joyce, into the context of the global discussion on climate change. We believe that there is meaning behind the music we make, and we strive to share that with the world.

Sometimes singing is like extreme spelunking, and sometimes it’s like outer space exploration. We take seriously the idea that change and growth happens through the process of meeting each week and working really hard. We are ready to share our hard work with the world by recording an album.

Music Matters: the Project

Conspiracy of Venus is preparing to record a 9-song album with producer Lolly Lewis at Coast Recorders Studios in San Francisco. Live recordings, while capturing the energy and spontaneity of our performances, don’t pick up the subtle, beautiful details and the delicate balance of parts in Joyce’s arrangements. We have made multiple live recordings during our 7-year history, and we are ready to take it to the next level with a professionally produced studio album.

What We Need and What We Want to Share With You in Return

By contributing to our campaign, you will make it possible for us to create a recording that will represent the creative exploration of our first 7 years and provide a leaping off point for our future growth as an ensemble. The recording will also allow us to share our music outside the Bay Area.

$20,000 will allow us to record a full length album. Each song costs aproximately $2,500 to record, including studio time, technician fees, musician fees, and purchasing rights to the songs. If we don't meet our full funding goal, we'll record as many songs as we can afford to. And if we raise more than our goal, the album will be longer!

To show our gratitude for your contribution to our campaign, we're offering a variety of gifts (perks!), from a digital download of the album to T-shirts to services by our talented members... even a private concert by Conspiracy of Venus! 

Support our unique, original wildness and grace; support Conspiracy of Venus! 

Our Impact

Your contribution will allow this vibrant non-profit arts organization to stay off the beaten track and continue charting new territory in the world of song. Your contribution affirms the idea that music is vital to our culture and community during a time when government funding for the arts is at an all-time low; that women’s voices are valued and deserve to be heard; that artists can and should take risks by fearlessly exploring new terrain. All donations will be processed through our brother choir, Conspiracy of Beards, a 501c3 tax exempt organization (which means your donation is tax deductible!). 

We have been performing to sold-out audiences in large and small venues around the Bay Area for over seven years, delighting, thrilling, inspiring, and entertaining our fans.

Conspiracy of Venus believes that creating and sharing music has social and political impact, and we are active in community service. We have performed at Dublin State Correctional Facility and have played numerous benefits, lending our voices in support of causes from elementary education to fair trade for women to endangered species protection. Your contribution will allow us to deepen our impact on our community.

Can't make a Contribution?

Even if you can't donate funds you can still support women’s voices. The more you can help people see and hear about us the more power we will have to reach out. Spread the word!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conspiracyofvenus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConspiracyVenus

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXiX3QiBvv8

Website: http://www.conspiracyofvenus.com/

Music review of Conspiracy of Venus in “Untapped Cities” (December 2012): http://untappedcities.com/2012/01/02/music-review-conspiracy-of-venus-at-the-make-out-room/




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$26,664USD
raised by 440 people in 29 days
133% funded
0 time left
Verified Nonprofit
$20,000 USD goal
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Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on July 25, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Thank you + an original song!

    For your donation we will send you a digital download of one of our original songs written and arranged by Joyce Todd McBride.

    17 claimed
  • $10USD
    Button and a Song!

    For your donation we will send you a 1-inch Conspiracy of Venus lapel button and a digital download of one of our original songs written and arranged by Joyce Todd McBride.

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  • $10USD
    Sticker and a song!

    For your donation we will send you a CoV sticker and a digital download of one of our original songs written and arranged by Joyce Todd McBride.

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  • $17USD
    Digital download of the album

    For your donation we will send you an advanced digital album download of our debut album "Muse Ecology"

    49 claimed
  • $22USD
    Physical copy of the album!

    For your donation we will send you an advanced physical CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology."

    58 claimed
  • $35USD
    Sticker + button + the album

    For your donation we will send you a digital download or CD of the album plus 1-inch Conspiracy of Venus lapel button and a CoV sticker.

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    $35USD
    Fresh bread + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus one loaf of freshly baked whole wheat bread made from organic unbleached wheat flour, water, yeast, and sea salt. San Francisco or Peninsula only.

    5 out of 5 claimed
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    $35USD
    Fruit Crumble + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus a homemade seasonal fruit crumble made by our very own alto 2 Natalie Hopner! Secret family crust recipe of oats and whole grain flours, and carefully selected spices added depending on your favorite fruit of the season, chosen from a list of options provided by the baker herself, and hand-delivered. Bay Area Only.

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    $40USD
    Samoa cookies + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a batch of homemade Somoa cookies by our own Kala Chapman. Bay Area only.

    4 out of 4 claimed
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    Shortbread + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus Jeanie Hopner (mother of CoV Prez and Alto 2 Natalie Hopner) will bake you her world famous organic shortbread. Warning: plenty of butter involved! But that's why it tastes so good, and you get some whole wheat flour thrown in!

    3 out of 8 claimed
  • $45USD
    A flask + the album!

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a custom designed Conspiracy of Venus flask for transporting your favorite beverage in style.

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    $45USD
    Homemade Pickles + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus jars of Joyce's famous bread and butter pickles.

    4 out of 4 claimed
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    $45USD
    Grandma's Cookies + the album

    Grandma Malcah was a jazz singer with a big band and sang Yiddish songs into her 80s. She would have loved Conspiracy of Venus's bold and unique style! Her "healthy cookies" aren't so healthy, but with apricots and dates, they are delicious! Made by our own Laura Einhorn. Bay Area only.

    3 out of 3 claimed
  • $50USD
    T-shirt + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a custom designed Conspiracy of Venus t-shirt. Men’s and women’s sizes available.

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    $50USD
    Greeting cards + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a set of 5 FrankieBot hand stenciled greeting cards (blank inside) by our own Frankie Burton! www.frankieburton.com

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    Caramels + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" + handmade milk caramels spiced with bourbon and sprinkled with sea salt made by our own Sarah Markstrom

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $50USD
    Potato Salad + the album

    New lower price for this perk, because no one is going to care about potato salad soon! Homemade potato salad for 8 from one of our members. You also get our album AND will receive the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution went to an actual arts organization - the potato salad was just incidental! Vegan options. Homemade mayo upon request.

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    Chocolate chip cookies + album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus a batch of Ken Shelf's (one of our biggest fans and husband of alto 2 Amy Shelf) perfect chocolate chip cookies. Full gluten and sugar, with walnuts. Bay Areal only.

    4 out of 4 claimed
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    Bag O' Tchotchkes + the album

    A digital download of the album plus a surprise goodie bag full o' tchotchkes collected from CoV members!

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  • $55USD
    Gluten free vegan brownies +CD

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus gluten-free vegan brownies (with coconut oil, flaxseed, and "wholesome chow" gluten-free mix) made by soprano 2 Jessie Woletz. Bay Area Only.

    3 out of 5 claimed
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    $55USD
    Mom's apple pie + album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus Mom's irresistible apple pie. Oh, the smells are intoxicating while it’s baking. Does anyone else remember eating cold apple pie for breakfast around the holidays? You don't want to miss alto 1 Athena Waid's Mom's pie. It is its very own food group. We love her Mom’s pie! So will you :-) Bay Area Only.

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    $60USD
    Chocolate Cake + the album

    A delicious chocolate bundt cake made by soprano 2 Jamie Freedman from a Betty Crocker cake mix, chocolate pudding, sour cream, eggs, vegetable oil and lots of chocolate chips. Los Angeles and Bay Area only.

    4 out of 4 claimed
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    Gluten free cookies + album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus a batch of alto 2 Sarah Kaplan's gluten free almond butter and jam cookies. Bay Area Only.

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    $70USD
    Handy-person + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus one of our biggest fans Paul Ross (and soprano 2 Jamie Freedman's fiance) will fix stuff in your house, mow the lawn, change the oil, make grilled cheese, whatever! 1 hour, Bay Area Only.

    2 out of 2 claimed
  • $70USD
    Singing phone call + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus a member of CoV will call your friend and leave a one minute singing telegram with the song of your choice. Great for outside of the Bay Area supporters!

    2 claimed
  • $80USD
    Handmade Fascinators + album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus your own personalized fascinator (aka mini hat) handmade by our very own alto 2 Natalie Hopner. Steampunk-influenced style, with options of colors and adornments. No one will have another one quite like it!

    4 claimed
  • $100USD
    Original art print + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus! an 8”X10” original print inspired by the songs of COV by our own Erin Lyman.

    3 out of 10 claimed
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    Guitar lesson + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a one hour folk guitar lesson “From Bob Dylan to Ani DiFranco” with our own Emily Shumway. Bay Area only.

    2 out of 4 claimed
  • $100USD
    private yoga + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a 1 hour private GENTLE RESTORATIVE YOGA session for two held at Jessie Woletz's house in SF. Great for beginners or experienced yogis. Relax, strengthen, stretch, and find peace, while helping us make our album! For those outside of the Bay Area, you can gift it someone you know in or near SF, or use it when you visit SF (within one year)!

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    $100USD
    Non-profit fundraising + album

    Get 1 hour of fundraising advice from our own Maggie Andrews and a digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology! Maggie has nearly a decade of fundraising experience for organizations that serve youth through education and the arts. She has worked in all areas of development, including corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and individual support.

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    $100USD
    Sauerkraut Class + the album

    Learn to make Sauerkraut with our own Amy Shelf and a digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology! A 1 hour lesson for 4 people with tech support follow up and a jar of kraut to take home. Can be done in Amy's SF home or in your SF home.

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    $125USD
    Lessons with Joyce + the album

    By populate demand we have added more music lessons with CoV director Joyce Todd McBride. This perk includes a digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a 1 hour voice/piano/arranging lesson with Joyce.

    2 out of 2 claimed
  • $150USD
    Oil painting + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus an 11”X17” original digital or mixed medium fine art inspired by Joyce-isms (Joyce Todd McBride’s brilliant words of wisdom) by our own D’arcy Bertrand.

    2 out of 3 claimed
  • $150USD
    Tutoring + the album

    A 90 min session with CoV's own Laura Einhorn, who is a veteran high school history teacher with a credential in both English and history. If your child needs help with reading strategies, writing, editing, history lessons or preparing for an exam, she can help! Any levels welcome: from early readers to college applications or even personal letters for job applications. Bay Area only.

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    $150USD
    Original Short Story + Album

    A digital download of the album plus our own Deborah Steinberg (who is a published fiction writer) will write an original short story (around 500 words) based on a subject, idea, or prompt of your choosing. As an extra bonus, she will credit you with the idea for the story if she gets it published. You can read some of Deborah's published writing at http://deborahsteinberg.wordpress.com

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  • $190USD
    Life coaching + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus a one hour Professional Life Coach Counseling Session with our own PJ Husack and an autographed copy or digital copy of new book "Catch Your Star". www.leadlifenow.com

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  • $200USD
    VIP CoV package + album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus VIP admission for two to any upcoming show! Includes: warm up before the show and photo with the choir, drinks, a flask or t-shirt (one item per person). Anywhere CoV gigs, probably Bay Area.

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    $250USD
    Silver earrings + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus sterling silver PacMan hoop earrings handmade by our own Amelia Large. (These earrings are somewhat weighty so maybe not for the sensitive ear.) anglesandarcs.com

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Co-producer credit + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus co-producer credits for the album in the liner notes and our deepest heartfelt thanks.

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  • $2,000USD
    CoV will play your event!

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album Muse Ecology plus Conspiracy of Venus will play for you at your event, a private show for up to 100 people. Probably Bay Area only, but talk to us! Who knows?

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    $5,000USD
    You pick the song! + the album

    A digital album download or CD of our debut album "Muse Ecology" plus Joyce will arrange a song of your choice (within reason!) to be performed by Conspiracy of Venus.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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