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Raise to Complete Rivers' Debut Album

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Dear Friends & Family,

As 2024 approaches and my facial feminization surgeries complete their healing, I am anxious and excited to turn my full attention to my true calling : music as activism.

As you may already know, I have been slowly recording my debut album since moving to Los Angeles in 2018 - all while aggressively pursuing my medical transition and surviving life as a transfemme artist. I have been loved, fed, and bolstered by so many of you to whom I am forever indebted.

If you know my heart, you know my true aim has always been pop stardom as climate saving advocacy. I believe my history as a political organizer and now decade of preparation as a singer-songwriter have yielded this moment, where I can use all I know to breathe life into the visuals/performances/publication of my first ever full length album.

To date, I have completed 11/13 demos with the help of producers Benny Blanco and Donald Philp. They have lent me their time, love, skill and attention well beyond what I could ever reimburse them in return, in fact most of my studio time since arriving to LA has been unpaid, their faith in me proving our collaboration.

I am now at the time in the process where I’ve identified a third and final producer with whom I will complete the final two (possibly favorite) songs for the album, “I Love You” and “Past Life III”. I will be working with PeyoteBeats, an up-and-coming rap sound engineer who’s worked on songs with Tyga, Jhene Aiko, NBAYoungBoy, & Jeleel! to name a few.

Beyond finishing the two final tracks, I will need to come up with the resources to complete the music videos, social media visuals, press kit, and final mixing and mastering of the songs. All of this is well beyond my current ability to pay. I work a near minimum wage full time job and am barely breaking even on life’s basic costs.

Many of the artists in my position are well-connected, children of the 1% (not me) or are romantically involved with someone in the industry (not me), but I am not deterred. I am a well experienced outlier. It is the reason my music will become something never-been-done before.

If you have it in your heart, gut or brain to help me see my vision through, I need your assistance. I’ve assembled the best of the protest chants, melodies, harmonies, climate puns, and my heartsong to compile a 13 track album for the future generation of climate savers, school-strikers, and planet crusaders. Ive forged bonds with music industry heavyweights who’ll help promote my work, and bonded with so many activist communities across the country with whom I plan to visit, participate in actions with, and perform for in 2024.
 
This time next year I hope to be on a nation-wide tour to promote my vision for a wilder greener gayer browner safer & more loving eco-socialist pop future.

Can I count on your help?

GOOD NEWS : On Aug. 22 2023 I will begin work as a Resident Aide at a brand new shelter (the renovated historic Mark Twain Hotel) in Hollywood. I will be working with unhoused adults struggling with mental health issues as they navigate living, employment & finding a permanent residence. Although I’ll experience an hourly pay increase, it will take me 6 months to save enough for studiotime on my own. That’s where you come in.

below is an approximate outline of the costs needed to finish the album. Immediately, the $2k in final-two-track studiotime will set me up to pivot to promotion and final mix/mastering in the new year. I plan to debut my album on my 36th birthday (also my one year soberversary!) Thursday MAY 9th 2024. If you’re able to, please be in LA then for a live listening event, eco-socialist collage installation & performance!

costs:

$2000.00 - PeyoteBeats final two tracks studiotime (2023)
$3000.00 - music video, album cover & visuals shoot (2024)
$5000.00 - cost to mix/master the 13 tracks for publication (2024)

as a contributor to this gofundme, no matter the amount you will be:

+ granted free admission to any live events I put on in 2024 celebrating the album’s release
+ mailed a handmade custom piece of eco-socialist propaganda collage art signed & framed by me
+ given special advance access to the fully mixed & mastered album before its official release

I realize I sound like a squeaky wheel. My needs outweigh my abilities. I seem to bite off more than I can chew… But I implore you to name any radical who didn’t ask for more than society was ready for. Name a history-making woman who settled with what her culture offered her. Name a transwoman who writes save the planet top 40 pop music and is willing to risk arrest to save the earth in our lifetime.

My younger brother Trevor and his partner Julie are not just filmmakers and my heroes, they are also full time nature educators, and through them I have learned the five priorities for survival, and Trevor always adds a sixth : community.

I need my community to help finish my lifelong dream. That’s you. Please help me. I love you.

I don’t believe in waiting your turn, I believe in making it.

And if you’ve a dream wilder than you can imagine, voice it, and let us help you in return.

with love and solidarity,

Rivers
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  • Anonymous
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Rivers Wilder Green
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Los Angeles, CA

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