Quick Start Opportunity Grants

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$293
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Rachael Kilgour
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
August 2014
End Date
August 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Cook
Hennepin
Isanti
Anoka
Sherburne
Ramsey
Chisago
Washington
Aitkin
Itasca
Crow Wing
Olmsted
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$293
Other Funds Leveraged
$819
Direct expenses
$1,112
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Goals: To develop my songwriting skills, create new works to share with the community, and increase my exposure in the music industry. Outcomes: (For Goal 1: Develop songwriting skills) a. Identify tools for overcoming writer's block, b. Increased ability to share incomplete work, particularly in a setting that invites constructive criticism. (For Goal 2: Create new works to share with the community) a. Write 3 new performance-ready songs, b. Have draft materials for integrating into future songs as appropriate. (For Goal 3: Increase my exposure to the music industry) a. Establish new connections to those present at retreat with whom I don't have existing relationships. b. Develop existing connections to active members of music industry, invite opportunities for further collaboration.Evaluation will be carried out by reflecting on the following upon the close of the 5 day retreat. Measurement is outlined below for each outcome. Outcome 1a: Identify tools for overcoming writer's block. Measure: Identify one new strategy that works for me to focus my energy, write, and work on my career in other ways when I would otherwise be at a standstill. Outcome 1b: Increased ability to share incomplete work, particularly in a setting that invites constructive criticism. Measure: Engage in sharing 3 incomplete songs with peers over the course of the retreat. Outcome 2a: Write 3 new performance-ready songs. Measure: Count songs. Outcome 2b: Have draft materials for integrating into future songs as appropriate. Measure: Count number of partial lyrics/language created that is not a part of a current song. Outcome 3a: Establish new connections to those present at retreat with whom I don't have existing relationships. Measure: count number of new connections made with fellow attendees. Outcome 3b: Develop existing connections to active members of music industry, invite opportunities for further collaboration. Measure: documenting any future plans for collaboration established. Note: The numbers included above for the number of adults, youth, and children benefitting are an estimate of individuals reached by music on my last album, based on concert/event attendance, CDs sold, and radio broadcasts since its release 3 years ago. I anticipate at least as many reached on my next cd.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Wrote two new songs and started three others. Booked a show in Chicago with Catie Curtis for November of this year. Made a list of achievable goals for my music career with Catie and with Jenna Lindbo who also hosted the retreat. Made close connections with 16 other musicians from around the country - hopefully will lead to performance opportunities in new places.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Quick Start Opportunity Grants
Project Details
I have been invited to attend an exclusive five-day songwriting retreat hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter, Catie Curtis. Attending the retreat is a natural and essential next step in my musical career. I am confident that my participation in the retreat is capable of taking my songwriting skills to the next level, building inspiration, momentum, and material for my next album, and establishing important exposure to influential people in the folk music world.
Project Manager
First Name
Rachael
Last Name
Kilgour
Organization Name
Rachael Kilgour
State
MN
Phone
(218) 349-6494
Email
rachaelkilgour@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Catherine Meier: website designer, printmaker, drawer, animator; David Beard: Assistant Professor of University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Ashley Leek: student of Art Education at University of Minnesota-Duluth, ceramic artist, art educator; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No