ArtistShare Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary!

10/15/2013 - ArtistShare Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary!

On October 15, 2013 ArtistShare® celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the launch of its first project - Maria Schneider's Concert in the Garden.  As we take a moment to look back on 10 years of fan-funded projects, we take pride in our accomplishments as the pioneer of the crowdfunding movement. With the current, ever-growing popularity of crowdfunding, the first decade in the life of ArtistShare® represents an important milestone in the history of the fan-funded business model.  Power to the fans!

To the ArtistShare® Family: Thank You

ArtistShare® would like to thank all of it's supporters, participants, and artists for helping to create a successful decade of fan-funded projects. We look forward to many more years of bringing fans and artists closer together through the creative process.

About ArtistShare®

Founded in 2000 by guitarist and producer Brian Camelio, ArtistShare® was the first fan-funded internet platform. ArtistShare®’s mission is to connect artists with fans in order to support the creation of new artistic works. ArtistShare®’s accolades thus far include 6 GRAMMY awards and 18 GRAMMY nominations. The ArtistShare® roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists including Pulitzer prize and Oscar nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, GRAMMY winners, and NEA Jazz Masters.

ArtistShare® and the GRAMMYs

In 2003, Maria Schneider launched Concert in the Garden, the first fan-funded album to win a GRAMMY. Since then, ArtistShare® has continued to release successful, highly acclaimed works recognized by the GRAMMY society. We are proud to announce that the following artists have been submitted for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in numerous categories: Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw for Winter Morning Walks, Jim Hall for Jim Hall: Live! Vol. 2-4 and Live at Birdland, Dianne Reeves for Newport Jazz: Gala!, and Ariel Pocock for Touchstone.

Click here for an exclusive preview of our 56th Annual GRAMMY entries.

ArtistShare® and Blue Note®: A Historic Partnership

This year, ArtistShare® announced a groundbreaking partnership with Blue Note® Records, creating the new joint label: Blue Note®/Artistshare®. The Blue Note®/ArtistShare® collaboration was forged by Brian Camelio, Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note Records. This new joint label provides an additional channel for Blue Note to help nurture and promote up-and-coming young jazz artists, while creating a platform that offers a unique opportunity for fans to become directly involved with the creation of new music by tomorrow's jazz stars. 2013 is a very special year: in addition to marking ArtistShare®'s 10th Anniversary, it is Blue Note® Records' 75th Anniversary and the birth year of the Blue Note®/ArtistShare® partnership. Fabian Almazan's upcoming CD Rhizome will be the first album released under the new Blue Note®/ArtistShare® label.

Click here to read more about the Blue Note®/ArtistShare® Partnership.

Click here to read more about Fabian's upcoming Rhizome CD Project.

ArtistShare® Projects: Some Recent Highlights

Author Dan Oullette teams up with Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note® Records, in "Playing By Ear," a new ArtistShare® project that features exclusive interviews and insights on Lundvall and some of the most important artists of the last 40 years. This creates a library so extensive and valuable that the Library Of Congress has requested it become a part of their permanent collection after this project is complete. Lundvall has been responsible for signing a wide array of artists, including Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, Richard Marx, Natalie Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Anita Baker, and Norah Jones. In the words of Dave Koz, "Without Bruce Lundvall, there would be a huge gap in the history of popular music."

Maria Schneider also recently launched her latest ArtistShare® project: "The Birth of a New Work - Remembering Laurie Frink." This new, deeply meaningful project celebrates the life of Laurie Frink, a wonderfully talented trumpet player, amazingly gifted teacher, long-time bandmate and close friend of Maria's. Through a series of videos and compositional sketches, Maria will share her creative process with her fans as she composes a new work in honor of Laurie's life, music, and art.

Ryan Truesdell, who recently received a GRAMMY for his fan-funded ArtistShare® album Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, will be kicking off the "Gil Evans Scores & Parts Project." Through this project, participants will learn how to make Gil Evans' music "come alive" and will be able to obtain previously unreleased, "lost" scores and parts, along with compositional insight, video footage, and exclusive access to the creative process behind the music.