I know that I’ve posted that I had an announcement coming up, and LOTS of people have inquired about what that announcement is.
I’m an idiot: because now I feel like people are waiting for some HUGE statement from me.
I mean… I think it’s a big deal, but I don’t want to let you all down… 🙂
Now I’m just rambling.
After I got cut from The Voice in the executive callbacks, I started thinking very seriously about the future of my career. I don’t want to spend my life chasing after a dream of being a musician, if I can’t make it MEAN something. I want to devote my life to taking a stand for what I believe in. I want to make a difference in this world, no matter how big or small. And I think I may have found a way to combine my passion of singing and songwriting with my desire to give back.
I’m writing my second album… and it’s shaping up to be a blues/rock album… which I’m VERY happy about. My first album was not as cohesive as I would have liked, so this one is coming together quite nicely! 🙂
What I’m hoping to do is start a crowd-funding campaign that will allow me to raise money for my new album, while simultaneously giving back to a charity I believe in.
I plan to give a portion of the money I raise for my album to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Most of you know that I raised over $11,000 in 2011 in memory of my mother, Rosemary Allen, and I want to continue to give to a charity that can change lives and find a cure.
I know most of you are probably familiar with the organization, but for those of you who aren’t here are some links:
I am in the beginning stages of formulating this plan, but here’s a general outline of what I HOPE to achieve.
UPDATE (10/22/12) The breakdown of this project is going to be 60% Komen for The Cure, 40% recording funds
1. Raise the funds to record and produce my second album/EP. Currently untitled, but right now I have about 4 songs completed.
2. Raise MORE than $11,000 for the 2013 3-Day walk. I haven’t decided what city I will be doing the walk in, since there isn’t one in NYC, but it will most likely be Boston.
3. Document the entire experience of raising money on my blog, as well as a newsletter that I will send out periodically.
4. Find a way to tier the crowd-funding campaign, so I can give my sponsors more of an incentive to donate to my cause.
5. Write quality, engaging songs that my fans want to hear, and put together arrangements with my band that will MELT YOUR FACES OFF 🙂
6. Reach out to Susan G. Komen, and see if I can get some sort of partnership with them, and tell them my story.
7. Devote my life, my music, my career to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, and keeping Ro’s memory alive by doing something HUGE!
8. Start gigging out more in New York and have a “Booby Jar” (or “Tit Jar” instead of Tips) at every show, where instead of band tips, you can donate money to the cause.
What do you guys think?? Is this do-able?
***I also want to be VERY CLEAR: Yes, I want to raise money for my music career. Yes, I am linking this project in conjunction with a charity. However, I am NOT doing this to take advantage of ANYONE or make them feel like the “charity” aspect of this project is a cover up to raise money for myself. I KNOW some of your are rolling your eyes at me, but guess what… I believe WHOLE HEARTEDLY in this project.
I am open to suggestions, comments, concerns, ham sandwiches… everything. Anything you guys can tell me that will help me out with this big project, is greatly appreciated. I want to do this in the right way, so that I can REALLY make a difference!
If you are interested in this project, there are a few (free) ways you can help me out and stay in touch.
“Like” my artist page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShannonAllenMusic
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAllenMusic
Follow my blog 🙂
We all love boobs… so let’s make sure no woman (or man) has to be without them!
Love you all,