Peter Birkby is creating Music and poetry
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patrons

$0
per composition and collection of poems
The artists’ dilemma

To become or never to start
To consider commercialising art
To have a presence, a business plan
To work to deadlines, a creative span
To produce to order in multiples of ten
To limit an edition for a premium of yen

The music, design, craft and installation
The photograph, film, plan and collection
The novel, sculpture, painting and rap
The fashion, concerto, print and map
The song, play, performance and comedy
The dance, poem, story now parody

All promoted online with image and dots
All with fifty word descriptions and a few still shots
All have the walk through showing three-sixty degrees
in a virtual space dressed up for the needs
All with a facilitator who shares in all the sales
recycling a package of tried and tested tales
All to interest buyers, bait them with a promise,
investment and returns to silence doubting Thomas

What is the alternative?
Why is it so competitive?
Where should I look to grow?
Who’s the person in the know?
How will I survive?
Will the press release help me stay alive?

For many centuries a patron was the key
For the artist they were a necessity
Forward looking cultural supporters
Fortunes spent on creative courtiers
Formal works to mark an occasion
For a better world not tax evasion

Now the patrons are hiding away
Now the choice is too difficult to play
Now the artist is an enterprise
Now a company is the disguise
Now all educated with a degree
Now with the skills for everyone to see

The web
The pins
The blog
The shop
The merch
The videos
The photos
All cropped
The social connections
The online directions
Converge on a landing page

Two clicks away from a sale is a maximum
It’s starting to sound like a load of old patter
Set up for websites that give of the optimum
But written with passion and a sense that it matters

Many the offers pop up to take the strain
With expensive monthly fees that will just drain
Take cash from the artist that could be invested
In time and space for new ideas suggested

Be wary out there as a buyer or seller
Your newest connection could be a cave dweller
Solitary life with the time to think
Something we all need before we sink
In the corporate money chasing scheme
We sense we’re free but it’s all just a dream
Get back to it now, must create to order
And don’t forget to set the video recorder

The Music

The video and Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas channel are examples of some of the percussion music I create.  I also write tunes and poetry but very rarely put them together as songs.  An example of some of the poems can be found at my blog http://ddodv.wordpress.com/ (on the subject of commuting) and more examples of the music are at http://urbanskyline.bandcamp.com I am a passionate composer, performer, arranger, musical director, publisher, manager and educator with over thirty years experience in the music industries and my music has been performed to audiences as diverse as passers-by and the Queen.  I am an active member of the musical community in the UK, especially composer (BASCA) and percussion (NAPT) organisations.  As enthusiastic now about music and discovering individual combinations of sound as I was at the beginning of my career, I hope you can support the development of opportunities for the music and poetry to reach new audiences.

Rewards
Pledge $9 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 30 patrons
A unique postcard with poem individually produced for you.
Pledge $30 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 25 patrons
A unique signed version of one of the 25 poems in the collection, lovingly produced and carefully sent to you by post.
Pledge $1,200 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 1 patrons
Full recognition of your contribution to the creation of a new work for percussion quartet including prominent acknowledgement on the score, at performances and on recordings and broadcasts.  Signed score (composer and performers) will be dispatched via post.
Goals
$0 of $300 per composition and collection of poems
Publish a collection of poetry online in the UK and US and of course worldwide.
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The artists’ dilemma

To become or never to start
To consider commercialising art
To have a presence, a business plan
To work to deadlines, a creative span
To produce to order in multiples of ten
To limit an edition for a premium of yen

The music, design, craft and installation
The photograph, film, plan and collection
The novel, sculpture, painting and rap
The fashion, concerto, print and map
The song, play, performance and comedy
The dance, poem, story now parody

All promoted online with image and dots
All with fifty word descriptions and a few still shots
All have the walk through showing three-sixty degrees
in a virtual space dressed up for the needs
All with a facilitator who shares in all the sales
recycling a package of tried and tested tales
All to interest buyers, bait them with a promise,
investment and returns to silence doubting Thomas

What is the alternative?
Why is it so competitive?
Where should I look to grow?
Who’s the person in the know?
How will I survive?
Will the press release help me stay alive?

For many centuries a patron was the key
For the artist they were a necessity
Forward looking cultural supporters
Fortunes spent on creative courtiers
Formal works to mark an occasion
For a better world not tax evasion

Now the patrons are hiding away
Now the choice is too difficult to play
Now the artist is an enterprise
Now a company is the disguise
Now all educated with a degree
Now with the skills for everyone to see

The web
The pins
The blog
The shop
The merch
The videos
The photos
All cropped
The social connections
The online directions
Converge on a landing page

Two clicks away from a sale is a maximum
It’s starting to sound like a load of old patter
Set up for websites that give of the optimum
But written with passion and a sense that it matters

Many the offers pop up to take the strain
With expensive monthly fees that will just drain
Take cash from the artist that could be invested
In time and space for new ideas suggested

Be wary out there as a buyer or seller
Your newest connection could be a cave dweller
Solitary life with the time to think
Something we all need before we sink
In the corporate money chasing scheme
We sense we’re free but it’s all just a dream
Get back to it now, must create to order
And don’t forget to set the video recorder

The Music

The video and Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas channel are examples of some of the percussion music I create.  I also write tunes and poetry but very rarely put them together as songs.  An example of some of the poems can be found at my blog http://ddodv.wordpress.com/ (on the subject of commuting) and more examples of the music are at http://urbanskyline.bandcamp.com I am a passionate composer, performer, arranger, musical director, publisher, manager and educator with over thirty years experience in the music industries and my music has been performed to audiences as diverse as passers-by and the Queen.  I am an active member of the musical community in the UK, especially composer (BASCA) and percussion (NAPT) organisations.  As enthusiastic now about music and discovering individual combinations of sound as I was at the beginning of my career, I hope you can support the development of opportunities for the music and poetry to reach new audiences.

Recent posts by Peter Birkby

Rewards
Pledge $9 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 30 patrons
A unique postcard with poem individually produced for you.
Pledge $30 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 25 patrons
A unique signed version of one of the 25 poems in the collection, lovingly produced and carefully sent to you by post.
Pledge $1,200 or more per composition and collection of poems
0 of 1 patrons
Full recognition of your contribution to the creation of a new work for percussion quartet including prominent acknowledgement on the score, at performances and on recordings and broadcasts.  Signed score (composer and performers) will be dispatched via post.