In these days of uncertain public funding for the arts, it's more important than ever that musicians take the lead in creating and funding their own initiatives, using new media to quickly reach out to those who can make a difference financially.
San Francisco flutist Meerenai Shim has a vision of commissioning New York composer Daniel Felsenfeld to write a work for flute, cello, and piano for Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley for the 2011-12 season. The cost: $5,000.
Here's how she's doing it: using Kickstarter, a funding platform for the creative arts. With Kickstarter, you specify your project, the amount of your financial target, your deadline, and then start getting the word out about your project. What's at stake: you only get your funding if you can get enough supporters to hit the financial target.
If you're interested in contributing to this project, you can visit Meerenai's Kickstarter page for more info. The deadline for the project funding is January 19. If they reach their funding goal of $5,000 by that date, the funding will go through. Here's Meerenai talking about the project, which is 52% funded at the time of writing:
(Via Maura Lafferty)