We need $10,000 to ensure that all our singers can go on tour to NYC, May 18-21, 2018!
Conspiracy of Venus is a vocal ensemble made up of 30 women (women-identifying people) based in San Francisco that explores the creative frontiers of music under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride. We interpret Joyce’s daring and inventive arrangements of beloved songs, ranging from popular classics (Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”) to edgy contemporary pieces (Bjork’s “Possibly Maybe”), as well as original compositions by Joyce, with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. Drawing inspiration from medieval music, jazz, funk, and new music, Conspiracy of Venus takes vocal music into territories not often explored by more traditional choirs or a cappella groups; think of us as an alt-choir, the punk ladies of choral music, if you will.
Our first album, Muse Ecology, was released in February, 2016. The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, showcasing Joyce’s intricate arrangements and the group’s diverse voices.
What are we doing?
Following right on the heels of our album release, we went on tour to New York City for the first time in May 2016. It was a roaring success, and we have been urged to return by old friends and new fans alike. With two dates already set in Manhattan in May and a third being confirmed in Brooklyn, we are ready to go, but some of our sisters in song need your help to get there!
Why do we need your help?
While many of our sisters in song are able to self-fund this trip, others need some support to get there. All donations to this GoFundMe drive will be used to cover travel and lodging costs for members.
Conspiracy of Venus is part of the nonprofit charitable 501(c)3 organization, the Conspiracy of Beards. All donations are tax deductible, and are eligible for most workplace charitable matching programs!
We plan to leave for the tour on May 17, but we'd like to have all members fully funded by the end of March in order to purchase flights, the sooner the better! The funds will be used to provide scholarships to those choir members who demonstrate financial hardship. Each choir member will benefit from your help, because we are a community that thrives when we all participate. As we grow as musicians and performers, the ability to go on tours and engage in other projects allows us to continue to evolve and reach a wider audience. And now, more than ever, the world needs brave art and music that pushes boundaries; supporting Conspiracy of Venus is supporting your local music community as well as a community choir. What's not to love?
Further tidbits and material of interest...
Since our formation in 2007 as the sister group to the all-male Conspiracy of Beards, we have delighted sold out crowds at many San Francisco venues, including The Great American Music Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Independent, The Swedish American Hall, The Rickshaw Stop, The Make-Out Room, and others, sharing bills with John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats, The Mother Hips, Blame Sally, Emily Jane White, and Rupa and the April Fishes, to name a few. We have performed twice on the radio show West Coast Live, and we participated in Undercover Presents’ full album cover of The Pixies’ Doolittle in 2011. In spring of 2012, we participated in the San Francisco Music Video Race.
After David Bowie's untimely passing we rocked his "Life on Mars" at a tribute show at the Castro Theater. Check it out!