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Welcome to my crowd funding campaign.


My name is Mel Dobra and I am a singer, songwriter and teacher.


I know first hand that music brings beauty, colour and creativity to life.

I also know from experience that music brings communities together and paints a picture of a new way forward.

With these intentions I am raising the funds to complete my second studio album. 


By choosing any of the rewards you are supporting the production of Australian independent music. You are also supporting someone who knows the impact that music can play as a catalyst for social, environmental and spiritual change. 


This platform is a venture that resonates with me, as it enables me to simultaneously reward your support through the rewards offered. It is a great platform to return in kind the love, belief and sustenance of your financial support, which in turn enables me to complete my second studio album.


In January this year I started writing a body of music whilst visiting the Byron Shire, and then completed it in the Dandenong ranges in April this year. My new songs and the music behind them are a reflection of life, songs of the heart, stories of day and night, with themes of reclamation and rising up through adversity.


I hope that the songs will offer a remedy to the heart, a universal understanding of life, and the growth that comes from life’s lessons.


It has been 3 years since the release of Sacred Tides my first studio album. The music on Sacred Tides has been featured at weddings, yoga classes, radio stations and renowned festivals around Australia. I am so grateful that I had the support of my community to create and tour this album. 


In this time I have run many workshops to help people find their voice, and to unlock their creativity. I have finished my education, and have been busily teaching music and performing arts in numerous primary schools in Victoria. Being a teacher who is passionate about mindfulness and music is a great attribute to a creative lifestyle. 



I will be recording and producing this album in Byron Bay alongside my good friend and producer Josh Arent. Josh and I worked together on Sacred Tides and we have had a professional collaborative relationship for over 5 years. We have played at loads of festivals, retreats and concerts together and I am very excited to now work alongside him in a producer role.


There are many rewards if you choose to support this campaign. Whether its getting your own copy of the album, or coming to one of my workshops, or even doing some one on one lessons with me.


I would love you to join me on this journey of creativity, art, life and love.

I want to say thankyou to everyone who supported my last album, and a massive thankyou in advance if you choose to support this new project. Thankyou!


www.meldobra.com

www.meldobra.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7He7UFTgJN4


Bio:

Mel Dobra has delighted crowds internationally, playing renowned festivals like the Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour in the Grass, The Falls Festival and the Bali Spirit Festival, as well as embarking upon 2 East Coast tours of her inaugural album, Sacred Tides.


As an independent artist, Mel’s music has become a celebration of the soul, and is a gently contemporary yet profoundly emotional experience. Inspired by Kirtan as well as the richly abundant flavours of world and folk music, she has developed a style infused with orchestral undertones, subtly Middle-Eastern nuances, Latin-inspired guitar, all bound by velvet harmonies and lyrics that reach deep within the listener, heard not only by the ears but by the heart.


Joined by guitarist Joshua Arent, and numerous session musicians, Mel’s national Sacred Tides tour shared her music with a more expansive crowd, beyond the yoga retreats and Kirtan audiences of her formative career.


Defining her own genre, Mel has addressed a far more expansive listener, diversifying and expanding the appeal of her music. But there remains connectivity throughout her work, and echoes of her musical roots that have endured. This permeates much of her music, in sound and lyrics, and influencing both her concerts and her songs. This is reflected in her audiences, the atmosphere she meticulously creates - physically and through the meandering currents of her music – evoking a transformative experience far beyond the music alone.



How The Funds Will Be Used

To create the album:

 I have stripped back the costs to the essentials to make the album possible. There will be many other costs involved in bringing this album to life, but this will get the album happening. 


Recording costs: 

Engineer: $1,500 

Studio hire:  pre/post $1,000

Editing/Production: $1,500 


Musician costs:

Drums/percussion: $500

Piano: $300

Backing vocals $300                         

Violin $300

Mixing Costs: 

Mixing Engineer: $1,500

Mastering Costs: $500


Album Art: $500

Album Art shoot: $500

Manufacture 1000 coppies: $1100

Pozible 5%, Card/Paypal $500


Not covered by campaign.

Pozible video $350

Postage of cds: $120

Extra for musicians: $500

Extra studio time: $500

Travel to Byron $200

Facebook Ads $100



The Challenges

I anticipate the album will be ready to launch in January 2018. 


Creating an album is a massive project, one that brings a lot of joy and creativity to life. The main challenge for me in the recording and writing process is that i am unable to teach whilst i am writing, recording and producing the album. Having the album funded is a massive advantage. The rewards as an artist are unlimited. 

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AU$15 +JoyDigital Download of my new album.
55 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2018
AU$25 +CreativityCD posted throughout Australia.
34 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2017
AU$30 +LoveCD Signed and posted anywhere in the world.
20 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is February 2018
AU$40 +Peace2 Cds one for you and one for a friend.
9 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2018
AU$50 +Light2 copies of the album, and a ticket to the album launch.
23 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
AU$80 +FunCome and do a one on one session with me and get a copy of the album as my gift to you. Harmonium lesson, Living Your Vision session, or general phone chat about life. Sessions will happen via Skype, unless we can easily organise a time and place for it to occur.
6 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
AU$100 +Grace.Come to one of my workshops (valued at 120) and get a copy of the album in physical or download from. Choose from: Free Your Voice Art of Harmonium Living Your Vision Brand new secret workshop delivered in 2018.
11 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2018
AU$150 +Music.10 copies of the album, to sell in your store, or give to your friends. 1 signed copy of the album. 2 digital downloads.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
AU$200 +Song for you.I will write a song or mantra for you or a loved one, I will make a video of it, and send it to you. Perfect gift idea.
3 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$250 +Wild4 lessons with me via skype (or face to face if we can make it happen) valued at $320, plus a copy of the new album. This reward can be customised, if you have another idea, email me.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
AU$400 +WorkshopsI will run a workshop at your yoga studio, retreat or festival. Choose from Art of Harmonium, Free Your Voice, Living Your Vision or secret new workshop for yoga studios launching 2018 . Run and promote the event, give it as a gift to members, provide something new on your retreat or festival. 2 copies of the CD. Additional expense may occur for travel if it is out of touring schedule, but every effort will be made to make sure it aligns.
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2018
AU$500 +WonderThanked on website as sponsor of cd. Come to one of my workshops. 1 harmonium lesson. Signed copy of album, 4 extra copies of cd, 2 tickets to the CD launch and my eternal gratitude. This reward can be customised. If you have another idea, email me.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
AU$1000 +AbundanceABUNDANCE Thanked in album cover and website as major sponsor. A signed copy of the CD, 2 tickets to the album launch, 5 extra copies of the CD, 5 copies of album for download, come to my workshop and have a private lesson with me. Anything you would like from the other rewards and my eternal gratitude. This reward can be customised. If you have another idea, email me.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2018
AU$1000 +Live performance / SponsorshipOrganisation thanked as a sponsor of the CD in the album art and website. Promotional material mentioned and displayed at the launches around Australia. A musical performance for your work party, festival, retreat by me and Josh. 10 copies of the album. Additional expense may occur for performance travel if it is out of our touring schedule, but every effort will be made to make sure it aligns.
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2018