Technology/Equipment Grant for Individual Artist

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Rachael Kilgour
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
August 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
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 Arts Education

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,829
Direct expenses
$2,529
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Goals: Increase online presence, audition for songwriting contests, make rough recordings of new material in preparation for new CD, organize and follow up with music connections. Outcomes: Goal 1: Increase online presence. a. Update website using www.squarespace.com. b. Identify the most effective social media sites for musicians. c. Join sites new sites - Instagram, Twitter, etc. and update regularly. d. Be more active on those I am already signed up for - Youtube, and Facebook. Goal 2: Audition for songwriting contests. a. Join Sonicbids (helps to submit work to contests and festivals). b. Submit to at least 3 songwriting contests. Goal 3: Make rough recordings of new material. a. Learn to use Garageband (recording program). b. Set aside time to record new songs and play with different harmonies and accompaniments. Goal 4: Organize and follow up with music connections. a. Create spreadsheet of contacts - venues, artists, agents. b. Contact everyone at least once, follow up when appropriate. Methods to Measure Outcomes: Goal 1: Set up new website. Join at least two new social media sites and link them all together. Release two new Youtube videos a month - totaling in six videos in the three month time. Goal 2: Submit to at least three national songwriting contests (Ex: Rocky Mountain Songwriter Showcase, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest, Mountain Stage Newsong Contest.) Goal 3: Complete rough draft mixes of at least two of my new pieces - with harmony vocals and instrumentation. Goal 4: Book at least 4 gigs at new venues and secure one opening position for an artist I admire, keep a detailed record of who I have contacted and when.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes: Goal 1: Increase online presence. a. Updated website using www.bandzoogle.com. b. Identified and joined most effective social media platforms. c. Joined Instagram and Twitter. and update them, as well as Facebook and YouTube, regularly. Goal 2: Audition for songwriting contests. a. Joined Sonicbids (helps to submit work to contests and festivals). b. Submitted to seven songwriting contests, won one and got fifth in another. Goal 3: Make rough recordings of new material. a. Learned to use Garageband (recording program). b. Recorded new songs and played with different harmonies and accompaniments. Goal 4: Organize and follow up with music connections. a. Created a spreadsheet of contacts - venues, artists, agents. b. Contacted everyone at least once, followed up when appropriate, added to list when I traveled.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Technology/Equipment Grant for Individual Artist
Project Details
I am in need of a new, dependable computer/printer setup. As a musician, my voice, my guitar and my computer are my business. I currently own a 2008 MacBook laptop which crashes unexpectedly, cannot hold a battery charge and can no longer record or burn music. I would like to purchase a new Macbook Pro with a one year warranty, an external disc drive, a printer, a consult and file transfer with Geek Squad, and a one year contract with Squarespace to upgrade my website.
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; David Beard: Assistant Professor 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; 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, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist.