European Audition Tour (Again)

I've been working tirelessly to organize a European Audition tour and to much success! Now, I'm asking for your sponsorship. This fall, I have been invited to sing for European management companies all across Europe in cities such as; Paris, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Brussels.


Your Generous Sponsorship comes with prize giveaways such as; Private Recitals, Guest appearances, Ballots to win a new LG G4 Tablet, Your own Personal "French Friday" and many more! Check out my campaign for details


My name is Christopher F. Dunham. I’m a Canadian opera singer, amateur chef, and moustache growing French language enthusiast. I’m undertaking an audition tour this fall in Europe and I am requesting your sponsorship. 

I have worked tirelessly for the past few months to organize and plan an audition tour in Europe which has been met with great success. 

Traveling across the ocean and establishing a successful network of artistic connections, contract offers and management is a magnificent undertaking. One, I take incredibly seriously.

Combined with the support of experienced and celebrated mentors, statistical information and personal experience, and your generous contributions, I have every confidence that this audition tour will be a success.


Tour Needs & What You Get


I am aiming to make $10,000 CDN. This funding will be divided between two stages of the audition tour; Preparation and the Tour itself.


Preparation:

In the form of Coachings and Lessons 

Tour:

Travel from Canada to Europe (Paris or Luxembourg) and Return Trip

EuroPass rail transit

Daily per diem (35 Euros)

Two Flights within Europe (Paris to Berlin) (Berlin to Vienna)

Housing / Accommodations

Audition Accompanist Fees 




I completely understanding the magnitude of what I'm asking. So, in return I hope to offer a unique performance opportunity for all contributors in the long operatic tradition of, Ticket Sales;


Golden Box Seats: Donation of $2000.00 or more plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.

Will receive a personal 40 min. recital in a place and date of your choosing. *See below for more details

Box Seats: Donation of $1000.00 - $2000.00 plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.

Will receive a one time offer to have myself perform as a special guest at an event of your choosing. **See below for details

Orchestra Level: Donation of $100.00 - $1000.00 plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.

Will receive your very own French Friday *** See below for details

Mezzanine Level: Donation of $50.00- $100.00 plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.


Will receive personal post cards from each major city I travel to in Europe.

General Admission: Donation of $20.00 plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network

Will receive one ballot entry into a draw to win a brand new LG Gpad Tablet. (So that you can follow my adventures everywhere in the world you have access to WIFI and who knows maybe I'll put a special little recording on the device just for you.)


The Nosebleeds: Under $20.00 plus two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.

Will receive access to all media files associated with my audition tour and page, including; statistical analysis of the tour (comprised of daily updates), access to all French Friday videos, Transcriptions and access to all AMA “Ask Me Anything” live audition tour preparation and live tour sessions. Also access to live recording of a concert I will be holding in Montreal on the 15th of August.

Wailtlist: Two confirmed shares of my project through your social network.


Will receive a personal thank you message from yours truly wearing a unique hat for the occasion.




All tickets:

Will receive a personal thank you message from yours truly wearing a unique hat for the occasion.

*All venues and repertoire subject to flexibility and change within reason. Redeemable within 18 months of purchase. Travel distances more than five hundred km. must be discussed and agreed upon by both parties.

** Special guest appearance not limited to vocal performance. Expected performance not to exceed 10 min., travel and accommodation to be agreed upon for more than five hundred km. e.g.; Singing national anthem, opening ceremonies vocalist, special guest speech or presentation.

*** You and I will collaborate to make your very own French Friday down to the last detail. Lets get weird and learn some french. 

Full Disclosure:

This is an incredible risk for me to take. That being said, all my commitments to contributors will be met regardless of the success of my own project. 

If I do not reach my campaign goal but still am able to receive a portion of the contributions, it will be added to other funding and personal investments to fund a more concise audition tour.

The Impact You'll Have on this Project

The impact of your contributions and support will be felt in the duration and multitude of auditions. By which I mean, ideally I will be able to  audition for all of the opportunities I have organized currently and will be able to take advantage of whichever new opportunities present themselves while I am in Europe. Your contributions ensure I am able to cast as large a net as possible to achieve, in a statistical sense, the success presented in the chart below:  

(This Chart was created by a friend and colleague Tanya Roberts who compiled this information from her 2017 Audition results)

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My Project is valuable because it will be successful. I will share with you, my audience, every moment of the joys and pains that his career has to offer. Including information such as the graph presented above I plan to document most of the details of my project which I will share with my contributors and other young artists, to serve as an example of what can be accomplished and how it was accomplished. This includes the failures. Without learning from the wisdom of failures how can we ever expect to be successful.

Risks & Challenges

The largest risk I'm about to undertake is that I am building connections and making commitments and if I cannot raise enough money then I would jeopardize that and all the hard work that has gone into it.




My personal challenges include things such as: Keeping costs as low as possible to maximize the time and effort I can put into singing as many successful auditions as possible. Cancellations are a real possibility with the ever changing schedule of arts organizations world wide. The longer I can stay in Europe for this tour, the easier it will be to offer some flexability to those I am auditioning for. Making sure that while I am away and gone my bills and commitments in Canada are still being met.




Why am I qualified and how will I over come these Challenges?

At each major chapter of my career I have proven myself capable, willing to learn and grow and presenting of a high calibre performance. First in young artist residencies and then several times after as I began to take the main stage as an artist. These experiences have prepared me to undertake this monumental task of opening up to the European market in such a dramatic way.




My plan for solving these challenges.

Applying in my fullest to Canada Arts Council Grants for Travel and other Residency Grants




Holding a Benefit Concert in Montreal with musicological guests to raise funds for the tour and using it as an opportunity to practice some of the repertoire I will be using in Europe. *Private message me for more details.




I’m not familiar with Europe and plan though I will, we all know that plans must be flexible if they are to be successful. For example: Travel cancellations or delays, health and medical emergencies, and the myriad of problems that can’t be predicted. Your contributions ensure that in any circumstance, I will have the resources to travel there and return home successfully and safely.




I plan to leave no detail unaccounted for to reduce costs. Maintaining a strict budget and allowing a little financial buffer in order for some flexibility will ensure that most of the challenges I have presented will be overcome, perhaps with a little bit of grace as well.










Here are some ways in which you could help contribute other than donating include;




Sharing my project on social media, whether through Facebook(/dunham1), Twitter (@cdunhambaritone), Instagram (@canto_chris) or by e-mail ([email redacted]).




Following me on social media in a way you might not yet whether through Instagram (where you will find my French Fridays series) Facebook or Twitter (where I normally complain about something irreverent).
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