My name is Veronica, and I've been playing, performing, and making music for over 12 years.
I've been super blessed in my life to be able to study piano from a very early age, and since then I've picked up more and more instruments and have played in more ensembles and groups than I can count. Each one has influenced and informed the music that I'm making today in a distinct way.
The road that leads to becoming an artist is a long and winding one, but the short version of mine is that at 17, I've decided to go for it and dedicate my efforts toward a successful musical career. A big part of that will be coming from Belmont University's School of Music.
I went to visit the school a couple of summers ago (I'm American but have been homeschooling from Belgium for the last 7 years, that's also a long story :) and absolutely fell in love! They have what's called a "Commercial Music" degree, which is far more versatile and interesting to me than the standard Performance Degrees most music schools offer. Importantly, Belmont is also located in the heart of Nashville, one of the biggest musical cities in the world.
I've applied and gotten in and I'm so grateful for everything that's happened so far, and so, so grateful to for your support as well!
As you know, American universities are wildly overpriced. Tuition is around $50k a year and my Bachelors Degree takes four years. And as I've said, I'm coming from Belgium, so I'll have travel costs to consider on top of that...
The great news is that I've been offered both academic and musical merit scholarships.
But I still have the majority of my tuition to cover.
I thought, prayed, and wondered for a while about what I could do to fund my education. Then it dawned on me: I could compose commissioned works.
Aside from being an all-around legend, Beethoven was also the first successful freelance composer ever, and wrote his first symphony at 10 years old. I'm no genius, but I've been writing and studying music for a while now, and I'm sure I can write a symphony in four years.
The Patreon-Tiers-of-Membership explain the following in much better detail, but in essence, what I'm proposing is this:
I will compose either a Sonata or Symphony during the four years that I am studying at Belmont University for you.
This kind of dissemination of art used to be much more prevalent than it is nowadays, but I'd like to bring it back into style.
All things considered, it's a great proposition for you. Not only do you get a timeless piece of beautiful music dedicated to whatever you'd like that will live on as part of your legacy forever, but you're also supporting the arts, specifically young arts.
You can be as involved in the creation of your work as you'd like. The commission allows for a video call every six months during which I'll update you on and discuss the work. The entire process will occur over four years at a consistent rate, and in the end, you will have a High-Quality audio file of the piece, as well as the full score, copyright access, and lifetime commercial use and ownership.
I will do everything possible to ensure that the end result is something that you personally enjoy (I'm not just going to plunk together random melodic material and call it 'avant-garde', no offense to those who do appreciate that style more than I do). Your symphony or sonata will be something that you and your family will enjoy forever.
Finally, this is an investment that will only become more profitable over time. Should(when) I become a successful musician, composer, arranger, conductor, or any really achieve any greater career status than I currently have at seventeen, your art's value will increase.
I estimate that I can write a maximum of 5 large scale compositions at the same time, and I'm trying to raise between 150 and 200k USD. This is how the number play out:
Symphony: $250 monthly = $3,000 annually = $12,000 total
Sonata: $100 monthly = $1,200 annually = $4,800 total
If I sell 2 Symphonies and 2 Sonatas, I'll be able to go to Belmont University.
I feel it is important to mention that I understand that these are huge numbers coming from a teenager. That is why I've come to Patreon- I want to offer you value instead of asking for money empty-handed. It's just not who I am, and quite frankly, there are plenty of cases far more deserving of your charity than I am. But I don't know any other teenagers offering to compose a classical work...
The price tag seems high, but each composition will take well over one thousand hours of work, putting me just below minimum wage, which I feel is fair. All I currently have to offer at this stage in my life is my talent, skill, and potential.
If you think this might be something you could possibly be interested in, please contact me at [email redacted] or here on this platform. Even if you can't commission a composition, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I'd like to thank you in advance for your interest in and willingness to support me. I am immensely grateful for every one of you!
If you know someone who might be interested in my proposition, please share this with them (https://www.patreon.com/veronicanies), and please feel free to make a one-time donation on gofundme (https://www.gofundme.com/f/accepted-to-belmont-uni...) or join my Official Patron Tier at only $8 per month.
I appreciate you and look forward to composing for you!
Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/veronicanies
P.S. You can get to know me better on my website too: https://veronicanies.com
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