WE ARE PUTTING OUT THE FREEDOM RIDERS MUSICAL CAST RECORDING!
In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the original freedom rides, we are ready to record and release the first cast recording of our award winning show, FREEDOM RIDERS: The Civil Rights Musical, in partnership with the Freedom Riders National Monument.
The FREEDOM RIDERS: The Civil Rights cast recording will include all 18 songs from our original musical recorded by a cast of Broadway veterans, a strings quartet, horns, and the incredible band that's been with us for years! All music directed and conducted by Steven Cuevas.
Making a soundtrack for a musical isn't a small project! From studio time, to talent, to engineers, to mixing, to mastering and distribution, the cost of an album adds up.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP IN MAKING THIS!
The success of this project is going to require ALL OF US sharing and encouraging others to contribute in order to reach our goals. In the partnership of that, we want to do our best at making this process transparent with our budget and updates on the creation of the cast recording.
Our budget breakdown is the following:
Notation / Outstanding Orchestrations - $4,000
Music Copying - $1,000
Conducting / Piano / Viola Player - $3,000
Pre-Production Sub Total - $8,000
Trumpet / Flugelhorn Player 1 - $750
Trumpet / Flugelhorn Player 2 - $750
Trombone Player - $750
Violin Player 1 - $750
Violin Player 2 - $750
Cello Player - $750
Drummer - $750
Bass - $750
Music printing for players - $350
Musician Sub total - $6,350
Vocal Ensemble Singers (12 vocalists at $500 ea.) - $6000
Lead Singers (4 vocalists at $1000 ea.) - $4000
Vocalist Sub total - $10,000
Studio Rental ($100 per hour at 34 hours) - $3400
Engineer ($50 per hour at 34 hours) - $1700
Production Sub total - $5,100
Mixing Engineer (18 songs) - $5,000
Second Ears (second opinion on mix) - $400
Mastering Engineer ($100 per song at 18 songs) - $1800
Post Production Sub total - $7,200
Digital Distribution to iTunes and Spotify (via CD Baby) - $100
Marketing / Digital Advertising - $10,000
Distribution Sub total - $10,100
Contingency - $1,715
California Tax (on $50,00) - $1,535
"Clean-Up" Sub Total - $3,250
FINAL TOTAL: $50,000
SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ALBUM GOES OUT??
We're planning to have this album completed by October of 2021. And a donation of $25 or more gets you the album ahead of our mainstream release! On completion of this album a digital copy will be sent to you in appreciation of your support.
We know it takes a village! And we want to honor that. So a donation of $100 of more will also get your name in our album liner notes!
We are continually honored by the audience, history teachers, historians, producers, and original freedom riders who tell us how much the music of this show inspires and needs to live.
BE A PRODUCER ON THE ALBUM!
We've been having conversations with industry leaders to ensure that the release of this cast recording makes a big splash!
Not only are we optimistic that we will hit the top of the Billboard Chart for Cast Albums, but we also believe we're positioning ourselves for a Grammy nomination. We've partnered with a non-profit organization to make sure your contribution is a tax deductible and that you leave with an Associate Producer title for FREEDOM RIDERS: Cast Recording!
Associate Producer title begins at an investment of 5k. Please contact us if you have any questions prior to your contribution - [email redacted]
YOU READY TO DO THIS?
You have carried us to award winning shows on off-Broadway stages in 2016 and 2017, sold out concerts on both coasts, and multiple viral videos on social media.
We implore you to continue with us forward in our next step of making this soundtrack available to all who want to listen.
So let's make this soundtrack together. GET ON THE BUS!
- Matthew Watson
- Geo A. Case
- Sara Studzinski
- Adrian N Lazaro
- Bruce Polatnick
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