The Essential Work(er)s Project

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By pledging at this level (for a total contribution of $20 for the entire summer series), you gain:

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  • access to our community.

Shepherding this project during the Coronavirus pandemic has been a source of joy!

By supporting this project, you are directly supporting the musicians who took part in creating this amazing work.

This summer concert series is the culmination of three months of work by the diverse creators in the Essential Work(er)s Project. We will release the compositions we created twice a month, on the 1st and the 15th. 
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We are so excited about this new way of creating and presenting content, and we want to share our process with you! By pledging at this level (for a total contribution of $40 for the entire summer series), you gain:
  • new music!
  • access to our community
  • expanded access to discussion with the creators of this project
  • access to musical scores

By selecting this tier, you gain access to a Discord discussion group where we will share the origins of the project, the way we created these pieces, and more about the individuals that took part in creating the work. Every piece is a new composition, and we will share the scores of these works with you. We are so excited to welcome you into our creative process, and we can't wait to see you online!
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$25
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Thank you so much for supporting creative music creation! By pledging at this level (for a total contribution of $100 for the entire summer series), you gain access to:

  • new music!
  • high-resolution downloads of each composition
  • access to our community
  • expanded access to discussion with the creators of this project
  • access to musical scores

All proceeds are shared with the musicians in the project, so by choosing this level, you directly contribute to musicians being able to support their families.
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  • Private community
  • Digital downloads

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About

The Essential Work(er)s Project is a summer concert series for the Coronavirus era.

On the 1st and 15th of July & August 2020, we are releasing new music exclusively to our patrons. At a time of physical distancing, we are creating new opportunities for collaboration and community. Now, we are reaching out to our network of music lovers and supporters and inviting you all into the project. The audience is the critical last element in our creative process, and we are all so excited to share what we have been working on with you all!

Origins
The Essential Work(er)s Project endeavors to honor the essential creative work undertaken by musicians and creative makers everywhere. Artists have always helped individuals interrogate their shared humanity. By creating a space for musicians to continue this work during a time of pandemic, and providing a mechanism for mutual aid, the Essential Work(er)s Project is actively exploring the contours of our current socially-distant lives.

Everyone involved with this project makes a living creating and performing music. With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen large portions of our income vanish. While we have been able to move things like classes and lessons online, there is not an easy way to replicate the dynamic of playing together virtually.

By undertaking this project, we chose to experiment with a new form of virtual co-creation. Those individuals who have some form of institution support, whether a school of university, have donated their time to this work. For the freelance musicians among us, this project represents a way to bring in some income for our families.
Goals
17 of 200 patrons
This first experiment created enough content for a summer concert series. If we reach 200 patrons, we will take this resounding vote of confidence in our work and continue with a winter series series in early 2021! This new series will feature an expanded cast of musicians and rewards.
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