OUR INDIEGOGO / ENTOURAGE JAZZ PROJECT SUMMARY
Hello, and welcome to the Entourage Jazz Indiegogo project for our third full album CD!
Our newest effort is an exciting full album/CD studio project entitled “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!” which RECREATES AND CELEBRATES THE WONDERFUL BIG BAND SOUND OF THE 1940’s. It is a fabulous project and we want you to be a part of our production team!
ENTOURAGE JAZZ - "THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!"
The “Things Are Looking Up!” CD project is not just another big-band-retro-nostalgic trip down memory lane! Not even close!
Emerson Susan Corley, founder and vocalist for Entourage Jazz, has brought together a dynamic production team who will be contributing entirely new vocal and instrumental arrangements for the “Things Are Looking Up!” project. And to create the wonderful excitement of that 1940's Big Band sound we have also arranged for 16 of New Mexico’s finest musicians to join us in the studio!
Along with the music and the musicians… we have teamed up with an award winning studio, Eagle Rock Studios, in Albuquerque, NM, who will be doing the recording, mixing, and mastering of the tracks for the CD.
This album will utilize and combine a unique, fun, and exciting technical approach embracing Big Band sound elements, together with the modern style of Entourage Jazz, to recreate some of the greatest songs and music that was heard on the big band circuit of the 1940’s! And we want you to be a part of our production team as we move forward in the creation of this musical vision.
Joining Entourage Jazz for this project are Roger Baker, a jazz musician with 35 years of performance experience, who is writing entirely new arrangements for the vocal tracks, and Seattle saxophonist Sam Reid, who is contributing the powerful and high energy instrumental arrangements.
And it gets better!
Roger Baker will also be our recording engineer for the "Things Are Looking Up!" sessions which are scheduled for July 14th and July 15th 2014 at Eagle Rock Studios!
HOW WE’LL USE OUR INDIEGOGO PROJECT FUNDS
This is an enthusiastic and large recording project with an incredible and highly experienced production team already in place. We absolutely need your wonderful support to help create and complete this magical vision of “Things Are Looking Up!”
We have budgeted $17,900 for the entire project. The funds that we raise as the result of your support will be utilized in their entirety for:
Musician fees, vocal & instrumental arrangements, studio recording time, song licensing, photography & video, graphic design, CD manufacturing, release and post release advertising and marketing.
In the event that we exceed our funding goal as the result of your generous support, all remaining funds will be utilized for the release event, merchandise, and some additional advertising for the release event and beyond.
100% OF THE FUNDED AMOUNT, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, WILL BE USED FOR THE PRE-PRODUCTION, PRODUCTION, POST-PRODUCTION, RELEASE AND MARKETING OF THE “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!” ALBUM.
But there’s more... much more!
As a special part of our incredible production team we also want to say THANK YOU! TO YOU for your wonderful support. We have some cool rewards we’ll be sending to you both before and after the release of “Things Are Looking Up”!
Here’s The Cool Stuff and a huge Thank You! from Entourage Jazz and Café Jazzed Music Productions for your support...
* IT'S EASY! JUST CLICK ON THE PERK OF YOUR CHOICE IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION.
* EVERYONE CONTRIBUTING $20 OR MORE WILL RECEIVE THE PHYSICAL CD "THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!" ALONG WITH THE PERKS FOR THAT LEVEL.
$1 - THANK YOU! Every dollar is important to to this effort! An email thank you hug and a kiss for your participation. We love you!
$5 - THANK YOU! A Facebook, Twitter, and email thank you hug and a kiss for your participation. We love you!
$10 – THANK YOU! with a Facebook & Email shout out from Emerson Susan Corley, founder and vocalist for Entourage Jazz! You will also be added to the Entourage Jazz email list and the Café Jazzed Newsletter for continuing event and release updates! (Contributors at all levels will be included. The Cafe Jazzed Newsletter is free and you can opt out at any time. Your email information will not be shared with anyone.)
$15 – A huge Thank You + the full album digital download for “Things Are Looking Up!” from CD Baby.
$20 – A huge Thank You + The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!”.
$25 - The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!”+ the Entourage Jazz Poster!
$30 – The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!” + Café Jazzed baseball cap.
$50 – The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!” + the official EJAZZ T-Shirt.
$75 - The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!” + the Entourage Jazz poster + the EJAZZ T-shirt.
$100 - The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!” + the Entourage Jazz poster & EJAZZ T-shirt + Café Jazzed baseball cap.
$200 - - The PHYSICAL CD for “Things Are Looking Up!”+ The EJAZZ T-shirt + Café Jazzed baseball cap + Café Jazzed tote bag.
$1500 - (2) - Emerson Susan Corley will help you plan a special private event for YOU (in Albuquerque), and then have the Entourage Jazz Quartet perform for your event! (The scheduling of this reward is dependent on all parties availability. But not to worry, we’ll work with you to get it set up! Transportation and lodging costs to and from Albuquerque, if any, are the responsibility of the person qualifying for this reward.)
ALL CONTRIBUTOR PERKS WILL BE AVAILABLE AND SHIPPED BEFORE OR AT THE TIME OF THE CD RELEASE OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER.
YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS WILL BE REQUESTED FOR SHIPPING.
Transportation and lodging to, from, and while in Albuquerque is the responsibility of the contributor.
All creative projects carry some risks. Illness, accidents, scheduling conflicts, and the like can happen unexpectedly.
The more likely risks for a recording project at this level would be the failure to be able to secure a professional studio, a professional recording engineer, production management, or the necessary musicians for the project.
A professional recording studio and engineer have been secured. The recording dates have been scheduled. The arrangements have been written. The necessary professional musicians have been hired. Full rehearsals have been completed. And further, the studio, the recording engineer, the chart arrangers, and the musicians are among the finest in the State of New Mexico!
There may, of course, be occasional unpredictable delays along the way in any production process. Should an unforeseeable delay occur you will be informed of the situation and what we are doing to correct it.
Finally... and we all know the stories... the campaign doesn't reach its goal and the contributors are left short. First we have a legal obligation to fulfill any and all rewards to our contributors. And we will do just that. Second, crowd funding is something we will utilize for other very cool music projects so our reputation is also on the line to deliver exactly what we say we're going to deliver, and we will not risk damage to our name by failing you.
We absolutely believe that with your support we will not only complete this project in a timely manner, but we will also create an incredible musical experience for jazz fans everywhere!
WHY YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THIS PROJECT!
In the plainest terms possible... WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT in order to help ensure that the “Things Are Looking Up!” album achieves success in the studio and in its release!
There are no unimportant contributions, and every dollar raised helps to support the “Things Are Looking Up! project. The old saying, “It takes a village…” says it best, and for us… YOU are that village!
We’ll be sending you special updates all along the way, so please make a contribution and join our campaign for this truly wonderful project, the Entourage Jazz, “Things Are Looking Up!” album CD!
Thank you so much, and we're looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Emerson, Michael, Glenda, Roger, Steve, and Mary!