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Firstly, hello all! Welcome to my story, and thank you for showing interest and taking your time to read all about my project!

My project is to release my debut album and to help kick-start my career as a solo performer.
My album features exciting new music written for classical saxophone, and is the result of five years of hard work and dedication.

I began laying the groundwork for this Album in 2010, during the final year of my undergraduate degree, where I was studying a bachelor of music in classical saxophone performance. In that year I began to commission original music for the saxophone, enlisting the aid of local composers, but also commissioning UK composer and saxophonist Andy Scott to begin work on a tenor saxophone and piano piece, Deep Blue, that appears on this album.
Since then I have continued commissioning composers to write new saxophone works for me. Initially these works were all for the tenor saxophone, but during my Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester I also commissioned a soprano piece, and wrote my own alto composition, which also both feature on my album.

The opportunity to record my first album came to me whilst studying my Masters at the RNCM in 2013/14. As part of my degree I had to undertake a recording unit, where we were required to record fifteen minutes of music for a demo CD. This opportunity, combined with the music I had previously commissioned, provided the impetus to go beyond what was required, and to separately record another thirty minutes of music so that altogether I would have enough music to launch my debut album. I was very fortunate to be offered help from UK saxophonist and record engineer Rob Buckland, who allowed me to record all the music for my album, even though I didn't have the funds to do so. This has enabled me to get all the initial leg work down, and given me the opportunity to seek financial support to help me turn these fantastic recordings into a very exciting album, which I believe will help my career immensely. 

I am currently at the stage where I have all the tracks recorded, and some of them mixed. The layout and photography for the album and booklet has been organised, and I have some promotional materials prepared.

Once my Album is printed the plan from there is to use the contacts that I have made during my time abroad and to tour my Album in July of this year through England, Wales, and ending at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg. I currently have confirmed performance opportunities for these three countries, but need all your help to make this all possible!

What I am seeking support for in this project is funding to allow me to:

1. Pay to complete the mixing and mastering process for the tracks, along with payment for the initial recording of the tracks
2. Manufacture 1000 copies of the CD, including paying copyright costs for the various composers,
3. Fly to England, Wales, and France to launch and tour my Album, ending at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg.

There are many ways in which you can help me get this Album up and running and they are all listed in the Rewards section of my project. Also if you have any further questions about my project or would just like to have a chat, please feel free to visit my website and send me an email, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Click here to go straight to my website!

If you would like a sneak peek of the tracks on my album please click here!

Thank you all for your time and generosity and I hope that you can help me get my career off the ground!

Many Thanks,
Erin.




How The Funds Will Be Used

These the expenses I expect to incur in undertaking my project:

Flights - Perth to Manchester (return)                                                                  $2,800
Full Colour printed CD, album cover, and booklet insert                                  $1,960
Paying for the recording, mixing and mastering of the CD                               $3,500
Copyright Fees                                                                                                      $695
Sax Congress Week Pass                                                                                     $212
Strasbourg Accommodation                                                                                 $700
Stand Hire and promotional material printing costs                                          $980
Payment for Accompanying Musicians                                                               $1000

                                                                                                           SUBTOTAL: $11,847
Pozible and bank fees (approx 10%)                                                                   $1,156.70
                                                                                                                   TOTAL: $ 13,003.70


While some of these costs are by their nature estimations, I have acquired quotes for everything I can (eg. Manufacturing and Production costs of the CD, Sax Congress passes, Copyright fees etc). For the rest I have attempted to estimate as best I can, and to have things that may be overestimated being balanced out with underestimates ie. Flights will probably increase in price since I had them quoted, however I may be able to arrange to stay in Strasbourg at a reduced price.

Any extra proceeds will go towards the musicians involved in this Album. While some have been paid for part of their time, others have done it from the goodness of their hearts. In the event that this crowd-funding campaign exceeds its goal, or even if I manage to make slight savings along the way, any extra funding will go towards thanking the musicians that donated their time in recognition of the amazing efforts and the hours they have put into helping me create this Album; I couldn't have done it without them.

The Challenges

As far as the Album is concerned, I have recorded all the music, so I don't foresee there to be any issues in terms of getting the Album printed and mastered, my only issue in this regard is financial support, which hopefully will be rectified by this fantastic crowd funding grant opportunity.
I may run into some issues with funding to get my unsold albums back to Australia, as they will be printed in the UK. I chose to print them in the UK as my record engineer is based in the UK, and it saves me the expense of taking CD's over to the UK for my tour. However on my return to Australia I may have to ship the remaining CD's back home, and will need to pay import Tax on these. I am however prepared to cover these costs, and gives me great incentive to distribute as many CD's as possible whilst on tour.
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A$1 +For those generous soulsFor those of you out there that have a couple of dollars spare and want to help get my project off the ground, this is the pledge for you! Any donations, of any amount, are greatly appreciated, and gratefully received, and will be noted on my website.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2015
A$10 +Adolescent Concert TicketThis ticket is for children up to the age of 16 who would like to attend my fundraising concert on the 7th of June. Concert starts at 5pm at John Septimus Roe chapel in Mirabooka.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$15 +Digital DownloadThis pledge amount will give you access to a digital download of 'After the Moment' once it has been released.
8 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$16 +Student Concert TicketThis Ticket is for those who hold a concession card. The ticket is for my fundraising concert which will be held on the 7th of June at 5pm at The John Septimus Roe Chapel in Mirrabooka, just 10 minutes from the City! The Concert will involve, many collaborations including Music, Art, Wine and the lovely in built Organ. There will be a fundraising raffle, opportunities to admire/purchase beautiful Art by Local Artist Michelle Williamson and of course to listen to music performed by myself!
9 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$20 +Standard Concert TicketThis Ticket is a standard ticket (non concession) for my fundraising concert which will be held on the 7th of June at 5pm at The John Septimus Roe Chapel in Mirrabooka, just 10 minutes from the City! The Concert will involve, many collaborations including Music, Art, Wine and the lovely in built Organ. There will be a fundraising raffle, opportunities to admire/purchase beautiful Art by Local Artist Michelle Williamson and of course to listen to music performed by myself!
15 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$25 +Physical CopyThis pledge amount will get you a physical copy of 'After the Moment', mailed to your door!
29 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$30 +Autographed AlbumThis pledge will entitle you to receive a physical copy of the album, with the booklet signed by me as thanks for your support! Shipping is included in the pledge.
53 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$115 +Skype Lesson + AlbumFor the saxophonists out there or people interested in learning the saxophone, this pledge will get you either a digital download or a physical copy of the CD (your choice) PLUS a one hour Skype lesson with me. If you happen to be in Perth, Western Australia, this could even be a face to face lesson!
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$300 +Signed ScoreFor this outstanding level of pledge you will receive an autographed copy of my Album, along with a signed, framed copy of the score to my title track, 'After the Moment'.
6 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$1000 +Your name in the AlbumThis pledge level will get you your name printed in the booklet that comes with 'After the Moment', under the heading of 'outstanding people', along with an autographed physical copy of the Album mailed to your door. Thank you so much for your generosity!. ****************** UPDATE ****************** Due to printing time frames the booklet must be finalised by the 17th May, so this is a limited time pledge!!!
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$1800 +Your own CompositionIf you are a wonderful person who is willing to donate this amount of money to help me with my project, I will compose a piece dedicated to you, to appear on my next album (which I plan to release within the next couple of years). You will also receive an autographed copy of my album as a more immediate reward for your generosity!
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2015
A$2000 +Private Concert + CDThis pledge amount will get you an autographed copy of my debut Album, After the Moment, PLUS I will perform live for you at an event of your choice. This option will have some logistical issues should you not be in Perth, WA, however if you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact me to see if something can be arranged!
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015
A$2500 +Primary Sponsor (only 2!)This pledge will garner you the esteemed title of 'Primary Sponsor' within the booklet of my Album, and your choice of either a composition dedicated to you or a private concert, along with an autographed copy of my album and mounds of gratitude! There will only be two of these available so if you are interested you best act fast! ****************** UPDATE ****************** Due to printing time frames the booklet must be finalised by the 17th May, so this is a limited time pledge!!!
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2015