independence Music TV (iMTV) Appeal
Today is Independence Day (and not just for our ex-colonial friends). This day we launched the crowd funding appeal for independence Music TV (iMTV) !
iMTV will be an artist share monthly subscription service for independently minded acoustic music. It will feature live content from hot spot house concerts/venues/festivals and the Medicine Moose Mobile as I travel. All the money generated from the station with be shared 50/50 with all Independent Artists, House Concert Hosts, Dee Jays, Indie Labels and independent artists promoters across Europe who throw £10 (or more), in the appeal kitty.
To try achieve this I have converted my classic Hymer Mercedes Motor Home into a mobile TV Studio (The Medicine Music Moose Mobile) and have to raise £25,000 by independence day 2017! So I am going home free and am heading out in the #MooseMobile to visit every House Concert, Free Form Dee Jay and Festival that will have us to collect content raise awareness and most importantly raise funds for iMTV .
This is how it works!
For £10 (or more) donation to the appeal everyone will get a year’s free subscription to iMTV + all music biz engaged folks will get their own Gold Standard Members page on the iMTV station site and anyone who subscribes through that page, the Gold Standard Member will receive half the monthly subscription from his subscribers. When they subscribe 100 new members Gold Standard Members will get additional free advertising on iMTV and we will help them book dates and pledge to broadcast one of their European shows live on iMTV.
We are pitching subscription at £8 a month (around what Netflix and Spotify are) so all hard pressed independent musicians and supporters who throws in £10 could earn £400 (or more) each month. More than enough at the end of the year for that dream album, for the PA system or to fund any amount of dreams. Plus everyone will have a online haven that they know they can interact with and view all the music and musicians we love and support the whole scene in doing it.
That’s the dream! This time next year with your help we will have enough money to buy 3 more tv studio set ups, enough to finally finish the website and enough float to man it all and procure enough bandwidth to entertain 24/7 a target of 60,000 subscribers by independence day the next year 2018.
We achieve that and the independent music world is our oyster.
The website will have a Home Concert tip-for-view self service set up, a free radio stream of the live station but viewers to the station will have to subscribe to receive TV feeds live, from the Concerts (before, after and during) and from the Medicine Show Moose Mobile on the road.
So please donate £10 now! Or next time you are busking throw me the first tenner, next house concert you host or play put the first ticket in the iMTV hat, if you’re a Dee Jay, ask your listeners to help and tell your favourite artists about it.
Please share this appeal, folk will thank you, if it works we will have made all the difference for the music we love.
The good news is I find my self in Germany at The Freiberg Blues and Roots Festival, the bad news is I am minus my home The Moose our Classic Hymer Mobile Home and TV Radio Studio, its sadly broken down in Burgundy needing a reconditioned engine and there doesn't seam to be one on this continent. (we have a friend in Morroco that might have one and can take it to Spain (we have :-) ) follow the adventure here www.facebook.com/imusictv .
So I have to doubly thank each and everyone of you for your donations, I will have to use this money to keep the dream alive but I would be so up shit creek without this paddle :-)
Please do like our facebook page share this appeal and invite your friends on this wild ride, I have no idea where its leading us but I have a dream and we have a goal with your help we will get there (where ever there is ) :-)
A very grateful
From this end we thanks Chuck Hawthorne for an amazing tour and getting us off to a flying start, consummate traveler vagabond Mr Moon (he of the beautiful Dream) has picked up the baton now and were plotting our European adventure through France Spain and Portugal, but not before we do the spectacular North Coast 500 Road Trip here in the Highlands culminating in 5 days at The Findhorn Arts Festival 22 - 26 Sept.
Mr Moon (and the Beautiful Dream) is a gypsy traveler musician, street entertainer and vagabond, and the perfect travelling companion for the next leg and exactly the kind of artist main stream media just dose not see but iMTV will be geared up to support. He is home free, completely itinerant and has always earned his crust ACROSS THE WORLD by means of his travellings and prodigious talent .
Mr Moon plays Old Time mountain music, songs of the travellers and Mr Moon originals on his antique fiddle earned by soul, and latterly floated on a bed of worldy rhythmic guitar loop textures.
He is as happy playing street corners as Festivals or House Concerts as Arts Centres.
WE ARE BOOKING AS SUCH NOW
Mr Moon is a legend among the street entertainers and itinerant musicians from Picton New Zealand to St Ives Cornwall, more info on the tour and booking www.medicineshowontheroad.co.uk
We have dates in the midlands and lowland Scotland available Sep 27 28 29 France Oct 3 4 5 Spain 10 11 then move on to 5 dates around Spain with Scotland's own Dropkick before hooking up with Mr Moon again in Portugal, any suggestions for gigs in those areas would be appreciated. Thanks again folks lets keep the wheels rolling, its not without its challengesas you will have noticed if your following The Moose Mobile on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moosemobile but as Mr Moon would agree, it is a "Beautiful Dream" thanks for sharing and caring about it.