Starting a career in the music industry takes a village

New technologies are combining with good old-fashioned community support to help the new generation of musicians launch their career.

18 Jan 2017

What do music festivals, Kickstarter, and Nashville all have in common? For Clara Durbidge, a single project for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice has brought all these things together to create the perfect storm to launch her career in the music industry.

For Clara, the key to this success is community – whether it’s her local community getting behind her own mini music festival, the funds raised through her Kickstarter campaign, or the Nashville music scene embracing her with open arms.

“Music brings people together – it is the ultimate healing and unifying experience, transcending gender, time, race, language.”

Clara is set for greatness both in the Australian music scene and abroad.

For the final phases of her course Clara was required to complete an independent study tour which involved crowdfunding the trip, writing original music, and launching it to the public. For Clara, there was no better place to go on tour and start on her dream than Nashville – the international epicenter of country and folk music.

“Crowdfunding covered my accommodation, the recording, and session musicians. We held a fundraising music event and sold food and beverages at this event to raise money as well selling raffle tickets. At the same time, I ran the online campaign through Kickstarter to raise as much as I could to get to Nashville,” she said.

And after only a month in Nashville, she was able to see all of her hard work was more than worth it.

“It was such a positive and collaborative place that really fosters creativity. I met so many friendly and inspiring people, including a song lyricist who I will be doing a co-write within the coming months,” she added.

We look forward to collectively experiencing the joy of Clara’s music, whether on the airwaves or in one of her private concerts that she plans to market for parties and other personal gatherings.

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