I recently ran a request for support piece by Aaron Bear, who was crowd sourcing a documentary film.
Some how being asked to support creative artists working on a specific project feels different from the daily deluge of begging letters I get from Professional Activism Inc.
I burned out on those long ago and besides I tend to have a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to professionalized activism. It all seems so removed from the grass roots.
At the same time I go to concerts where the artist actually sit at the CD and t-shirt table after the concerts to sign the CDs they bring with them on the road. I buy CDs from CD Baby. I actually go to the theaters to see documentaries and pay to see them on either DVDs or pay per-view.
I’m planning on self publishing my memoir and may need some help to actually get it before the public and may use Kickstart to raise the money needed.Our government taxes us to give money to the War Industry, while they eliminated funding for the arts long ago.
The corporations aren’t going to fund the controversial. Nor are they going to fund art that attacks them. This is one of those cases where Audre Lorde was right about the master’s tools (money) will never be used to dismantle the master’s house.
I’ve watched artists get price busted out of city after city as rent on spaces has become more and more costly. I’ve watched as venue after venue has closed.
One of the best things about Dallas and Texas in general is that it isn’t NYC, SF or LA… yet…
There are still lots of places featuring live music and there is still affordable space for artists to create in.
Ah but funding. The NEA grants are pretty much history and the big money. Well it is hard to imagine the 1% funding art that calls for the redistribution of wealth or a fairness when it comes to working people.
We are living in the Brave New World, a free market dystopia brought to us by neo-libs and neo-cons. Plugged in to the constant propaganda feed like a modern day Winston Smith, ears stopped up with ear buds, eyes fixated on the screen of our iPhone/smart phone/iPad/tablet.
We desperately need art that disobeys, that performs détournement and causes us to wake up the way a Banksy piece upsets the seamless flow of propaganda.
Obviously one can’t support ever Kickstart project or even most but hopefully some, especially if you think the project needs doing.
From Metro Weekly: http://www.metroweekly.com/arts_entertainment/music.php?ak=8170
The pop/folk lesbian trio The Pushovers gears up for a big 2013
By Doug Rule
Published on March 7, 2013
”This time we’re really excited because we get to be in an actual theater,” Mara Levi says. The past two years at the Atlas Intersections Festival, Levi’s band The Pushovers has performed in the lobby, where they had to watch their volume. ”We’re a rock band and we like to be loud,” she says.
So the third time is definitely the charm for The Pushovers, who graduate to a full-fledged show this Saturday, March 9, in the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Lang Theatre. In fact, 2013 is shaping up to be a big one for the sharp trio of Levi, Nancy Eddy and Liz DeRoche. Several years since forming what they call a ”smart-pop folk-rock band,” the three singer-songwriters have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the band’s first album, due later this year. A clear sign of The Pushovers’ appeal: Just over a week into a month-long campaign, the band is already over $3,500 into its $10,000 Kickstarter goal.
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