Yesterday, I completed my 'Gentle Heart' album launch tour, not without some emotion, at an afternoon of music in Barns Green. I was fulfilling my final kickstarter reward by playing this show, and it was a lovely, sunny day, full of quality live music.
This post is a tribute and a thank-you to my Kickstarter Backers, to my Producer Robert Weil, and to the Arts Council England (grants for the arts) for making all of this possible. Thank you to everyone who bought my CD's! Retweeted my posts, liked my status's and joined in with this magnificent journey!! I wouldn't be here without you.
In the end I played 16 shows, in 13 counties, with 15 different artists. I made 11 youtube videos, and added 200 names to my mailing list, and more than doubled my social media stats (boring I know, but important nonetheless). I've completed my training in marketing and music management with the new artist model, I've been featured in 9 newspapers, I've been on BBC Gloucestershire 3 times, and for some reason, I'm still number 1 in Bristol's folk charts...
Where did the arts council grant go? Good question! There isn;t even one penny left! I have invested it ALL directly into art. Both into my business, and into other artists and venues. I so LOVE supporting art and artists of all kinds, and I LOVE being able to orchestrate arts events. Thanks to this investment I've been able to turn my dream into a profession, and I've been able to set the ball rolling for a sucessful future. Everybody knows it's hard to get started in a new industry, but thanks to YOU (ALL of you), I have the skills, experience, equipment and contacts to carry on snowballing into the English music scene. Watch out folks!! And stay in touch. XX
P.s. Did I mention how THRILLING it has been?! Watching my music make waves in THOUSANDS of people, seeing their responses, and communicating about my art daily? I've had the time of my life. Never worked so hard, or had so much fun. I'm hooked, and I'm not going back. You ain't seen nothin' yet!