March 26th update:
As a result of hiring a publicist, I've so far received US and Canada radio play (#9 on the National Jazz Chart for the week ending March 5th), a really great album review on BamaLoveSoul.com (March 20th) and an artist feature on the Watch List of music blog, The Next 2 Shine (March 25th). Your contributions are getting put to really good use.
Have a look at the Breakdown of Finances (click on "show more" below) to find out other areas of needed support - such as food and musicians' fees, and that counts for $3520 of the total budget. Since I'm a solo artist, I must hire my musicians to play with me.
As always, thanks so much for contributing. Please ask your friends to contribute as well!
My name is Joanna Borromeo. 9 years ago, I started out as a freelancing musician, playing keys and singing for numerous Canadian artists. During those years, I performed, recorded and toured as a sideman. I took that time as an opportunity to learn everything about the art of creating music and to observe how other artists managed their careers. Four years in, I got the inspiration to start writing music for a solo artist project. A couple of years later, I had written and produced my first EP, Through the Dark. Today, I have a new full-length album, ready to be released on March 26th. To promote the release of this album, I am going on my first North American tour in April, with eight shows in California, Nevada, and Alberta.
The money I'm raising will help pay for the cost of the major expenses of my tour and its marketing campaign.
BREAKDOWN OF FINANCING REQUIRED
Tour expenses for four people: a)
Musicians fees: $2000, b)
Food: $1520, c)
hotel: $900, d)
flights: $2600 , e)
vehicle rental (including insurance): $530, f)
gas: $650, g)
work visas: $625. Total: $8825
PR Campaign: a)
Publicist: $3000, b)
postage, packaging and mailing costs: $375. Total: $3375
Total expenses: $12,200
Beyond these expenses, there are other important costs related to my marketing campaign and tour such as the development and maintenance of my websites, the design of my merchandise and other marketing materials, and more.
Teaching music is my second passion. Since becoming a solo artist I've put a large portion of my teaching income towards making my music. By doing this, and with the help of others in the past, I've been able to spend the time to strengthen my creativity as an artist and to continue to do what I love the most. I'm passionate about my music and I know that I can get to the places I want to bring my music to with your help.
I am grateful for the friends and family who've helped me over the years, and I hope that I will continue to receive support. As a way of expressing my appreciation for your generosity towards my campaign, I've pieced together a variety of thank-you gifts. Its my hope that through this exchange you can take with you a piece of the inspiration and joy that I get to experience with music.
Many sincere thanks and much love.