CALLING ALL INDIGENOUS STUDENT SONGWRITERS & MUSICIANS!
~ We are now accepting songwriter submissions for our ~
Phase II North American Indigenous Music Project!
(musicians, stand by – you are next!)
WHAT’S THIS PROJECT ALL ABOUT?
For our Phase II North American Indigenous Music Project, we will invite exceptional Indigenous student songwriters and musicians from tribal reservations and schools that historically serve Indigenous populations across North America to audition for the project. Participants will record an original composition and contribute to the development of a documentary music video using virtual audio production and collaboration technologies. Audio and video equipment will be provided to our participants to use during the project.
In our safe, secure online learning management system, participants will serve as tribal ambassadors providing cultural teaching and learning opportunities to each other while creating inter-tribal bonds. Our scholars (including Dr. Kelly Laurila of Canada – Sami tribe, Dr. James Honeycutt – University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Bill Lord, and the University of New Mexico OILS program) have created an experience where support and healing may occur. Our team will guide the development of a new inter-cultural musical family. Students will learn valuable skills such as virtual audio production technologies, sound treatment, online project collaboration, music industry legalities, explore what it means to be an Indigenous musician, the potential power of music, and they will work with NAMMY-winning musician, singer/songwriter and producer Wade Fernandez (Menominee tribe) to record an original song. The finished song will be distributed on popular streaming services providing the potential for musicians to realize income from their contributions. This project will promote Native cultures and music to the world, provide a platform from which talented young musicians may be seen and heard, and seeks to instill pride while creating bonds of unity across Tribes.
We need to select a song to record.
Deadline: January 15, 2022
If you are a Native American, Indigenous, or First Nation student songwriter living within the borders of North America, we have an an exciting opportunity for you! Musicians ages 5-24 enrolled in a K-12 school or college/university are eligible to apply! The main genre of your song can be anything – from rock, to country, to traditional, to electronic, to jazz – you name it! However, we would like to hear an Indigenous influence in the song you submit.
Songwriters, if you would like to participate in our project, please take the following actions:
- Listen/watch the following video that describes the project and its requirements
- Upload a recording of your original composition to YouTube and set the permissions to ‘unlisted’
- Email the link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The subject line of the email should read, Phase II Indigenous Music Song Submission
- In the body of your email, include your name, age, tribe, name of school in which you are enrolled, mailing address
- Send us the link to your song no later than midnight EST January 15, 2022. Don’t delay!
If your song is selected to be recorded, you will be required to review, sign, and return a participation agreement in a timely manner before we can proceed. The Agreement is a legal document that defines your legal rights and potential realization of income from the project as a result of sales on commercial streaming services. As stated in the project video, if your song is selected, we highly recommend contacting Penn State Law’s Arts, Sports and Entertainment Clinic (or another music industry attorney) in order to gain clarity as to what the terms and conditions in the document mean.
After we select a song, we will then put out a call to audition Student Musicians who will be invited to play on the recording!
Please keep an eye on our website and social media sites for additional information, developing timelines, and other news pertaining to the status of our project!
A HUGE NOD OF THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
AudioMovers/Abbey Road Studios
Nora Roberts Foundation
ANOTHER NOD OF THANKS TO OUR COLLABORATING PARTNERS and ASSOCIATES
Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth
George Mason University School of Law Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic
Harvard Law School’s Recording Artist Project Clinic
Native American Community Academy
Penn State Law’s Arts, Sports, & Entertainment Law Clinic
University of New Mexico Organization, Information, & Learning Sciences
MORE THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEER SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
Dr. James Honeycutt
Dr. Kelly Laurila
Dr. Damien Sanchez
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Jan Dommerholt
Dr. Jonathan Cresci
Anpao Duta Flying Earth