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“Songwriter” TV Show Using Kickstarter To Launch At Berklee
New Show Will Give Viewers Opportunity to “Get Inside the Music”
Funds raised will be used to shoot a pilot for “Songwriter:
Those who pledge funds will receive special gifts ranging from a “Songwriter”
Berklee signed a contract with Songwriter because it sees the show as a good way to promote both the school and its talented songwriters, according to Jon Aldrich, associate professor of songwriting at Berklee, who will serve as Music Director for the show.
“Where else are you going to find as many talented people and resources for filming ‘Songwriter’
Lake previously shot a “treatment”
While Berklee students will be a major source of talent, Lake also plans to hold auditions in New York City, Nashville and Los Angeles. In all, 24 songwriters will be chosen by a small group that will include Lake, music celebrities and a Berklee professor.
Each week, the songwriters will be given a word or phrase and will have an hour to complete a song. The show will follow the songwriters through the creative process, then completed songs will be performed. Judges as well as viewers will have an opportunity to choose the winning songwriters.
Songs created for the show will be published through Songwriter, LLC and will be available for immediate download.
Lake, who lives in Sterling, is an Emmy Award winning director and producer, and was an arranger and producer for New Kids on the Block after attending Berklee. His broadcast credits range from PBS specials to DVD releases for Metallica. He has produced hundreds of jingles and TV spots, and music and sound-design projects for MTV, CBS, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, Nick at Night and Warner Entertainment. He has created TV commercials and other productions for companies such as Staples, Raytheon, Thomson Reuters and Philips. He began his career touring the U.S. for nearly 10 years as a singer/songwriter and studio musician.
Kickstarter.com is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Crowdsourcing, which uses small contributions from a large number of individuals, is a growing method of fundraising for small businesses.
About Songwriter, LLC
Songwriter, LLC is the creator of “Songwriter:
About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n’ roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, a music industry "who’s who" of alumni that have received 200 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.