Fundraising Music Events

Funding and Financial Sustainability for Non-Profit Organisations in Ireland

I attended an event advertised on Facebook and organised by Bluefire Dublin called ‘Igniting Change: Funding & Financial Sustainability’ on Thursday 29th June 2017. The event was aimed at voluntary and community organisation, social-enterprises, individual artists or community-based project managers, and small-medium NGO’s.

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Bluefire organises ‘igniting change series’ every last Thursday of each month: http://www.bluefiredublin.ie/igniting-change.html

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The guest speakers at the event were a mix of social entrepreneurs and funding bodies:

• Ian Oliver (far right on the picture) from Centre for Creative Practices
• Eoghan Ryan (far left on the picture) from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
• Hazel Hill (right next to Eoghan) from The Community Foundation for Ireland
• Naomi Murphy (left next to Ian) from Connect the Dots

The purpose was for attendees to be aware of what is required to start up a successful business and how to get grants from organisations supporting social entrepreneurs. It started with a talk from each speaker and was followed by a workshop and finally by a networking session.

Eoghan from Social Innovation Fund Ireland talked first:

http://www.socialinnovation.ie/about-us/our-story-so-far/

He explained that before launching Social Innovation Fund, he founded his own not-for-profit, Reimagine Cork to tackle issues around homelessness in Cork: http://www.reimaginecork.com/ Understanding the needs for Not-for-Profits, he felt he could help entrepreneurs best and joined Social Innovation Fund.

The company’s mission is to provide both funding and non-financial support to social entrepreneurs. It has also partnered with the government and every given Euro by SIFI is matched by the government.  Eoghan’s first advice is to think about ‘why’ you want to start up a company and ask yourself why his company would fund you. He also strongly recommends having a clear plan in place, a good value proposition, showing confidence and making good use of your time. When filling forms to apply for funding, keep it simple and answer the asked questions.

Hazel Hill, Marketing Executive and Programme Leader at The Community Foundation for Ireland talked about her organisation:

http://www.foundation.ie/about-us/about-us-overview/

She explained that her organisation offers both open grants and private grants. The latter ones are given on a project basis with an end date. You will be asked about what will happen at the end of the project to gauge how sustainable your business model is. The organisation offers funds for mergers, i.e shared between teams to highlight the importance of collaboration and partnership between organisations.

Her first advice was to not manipulate your core mission value (reason for existing) to get funding, but instead only apply to relevant grants that fit your organisation. She also emphasised to have a clear mission statement, to document your research by backing up your project with analytical reports, to listen to your community/audiences’ needs, take any constructive feedback on board and understand the impact your company will have.

Naomi from Connecting the Dots, is working together with Merissa from the USA for a start-up focusing on the community engagement in Dublin: http://www.connectthedots.ie/our-work/

Their company started off when there were many unoccupied vacancies in Dublin during the crisis by putting on events with artists, engineers, researchers. Over the time, they worked on a process for events’ organisation, i.e on improving the engagement with attendees, corporate donors. Naomi’s advice is to volunteer for different organisations and network that way before you start up. She has been helping a lot at ‘Happenings’ organisation. She also added that it is important to speed up processes with a technology enabler. This year they are working a software service (SAAS) application, i.e transferring processes online for co-working events, in order to gain time and increase income streams and viability.

Ian works together with his wife Monica for Center for Creative Practices, company helping creative artists to come up with a more sustainable model: http://cfcp.ie

His first advice was to start with a small plan before building a full-scale model and revisit this plan when necessary. Instead of going through a lengthy business plan, they worked on a one-paged business model detailing their business model and value proposition, i.e the company’s purpose, what problem it is trying to resolve and the solution offered. His first business model focused on having a cash projection, i.e ticket prices’ sales and getting people to utilise the space to generate further money. He said that he felt it is best not to be over-reliant on grants for the day-to-day running of the business.

To finish off the talks, participants needing help on setting up their organisations were advised to get in touch with the following bodies:

 

 

 

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Nigerian b-boy music in videos

Today, I’m going to share with you some mixed tapes for break dancing from Nigerian artists. But before doing so, if you don’t know yet the general origins of b-boy music and dance themselves, just have a read at these articles 👇

http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history%20of%20breaking.htm

http://breakdancingninja.com/bboy_history.html

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In Nigeria, Hip-hop music and dance only began to gain popularity in the mid-1990s. The initial success of The Remedies was probably the catalyst. Formed in 1997, the group released two songs, “Judile” and “Shako mo”, which became overnight hits in Nigeria.

Enjoy this Youtube videos’ play list from The Remedies!

I have also found especially for you some rare old Nigerian funk music 😉:

Now show us your moves on one of these music tracks by copying your video link in the comment box! Can you be as good bowler as b-boy 😝?

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Fundraising gigs’campaign for abortion rights (IE)

For those who do not live in Ireland, you may not know that still up to today abortion isn’t allowed under most circumstances. Women are discouraged to abort regardless of circumstances and must travel to UK or other EU countries if they want to abort.

The gigs took place last Friday 10th March 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 and were organised by Bitches Brew & F-Festival celebrating women in the arts.

The purpose of this night was to fund raise for the Repeal movement and bring awareness of the Irish law in terms of women’s abortion rights.🔥👍 To get a better understanding of what this law entails and follow the campaign on social media, check these leaflets 👇

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reasons to fight for women's abortion rights and repeal the eight amendment

If you are living in Ireland or are Irish living abroad, sign up for this petition requesting the law to be reviewed and giving women the rights to abort if they choose to 👊:

https://www.artistsrepealthe8th.com/sign

The event gathered four bands, mostly girls’ bands playing various music styles such as pop, blues, roots folk, rock, hard rock. I arrived a little late for the event and also left early, so I only recorded two bands but I will share with you some videos of the other two bands I missed. Bear in mind that the venue is very narrow in width, so I wasn’t always able to film from the best angle. Apologies for this! For the YouTube videos I made, I have indicated underneath the respective bands’ Facebook fan pages if you’d like to follow them.

Which one you like most and why? Are you going to like any of their Facebook fan page(s)?

I will start to share with you a snippet I shared on my Instagram account:

And now full songs recorded or found on YouTube:

These are two Youtube videos I found of the other bands I have missed:

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Various music styles benefit concerts to end homelessness

I attended the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Benefit concerts on Friday 20th January 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 (Ireland) to raise funds for homeless people in Ireland.

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Apart from contributing to a wonderful cause, I enjoyed discovering new bands and singers-songwriters 🤓!

The event is organised over 2 nights: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017 and has a different line-up constituting of 4 bands and/or singers-songwriters for each night. So, if you haven’t been to the first session, it’s still time to catch up the second one ✌️😉!

You will find the eventbrite online ticket link directly in the event’s description or you may pay at the door!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162589350888333/

Now, here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for 🎊, the live videos I took at the event 👏💝🎉! Apologises for the format, I should have filmed in landscape mode! Also, I haven’t filmed the last folk band ‘The Eskies’ as I ran out of battery. I’m sorry for this inconvenience. You will find the Facebook fan page link for each band/singer in the description under each YouTube video. To view the description, click on the YouTube title to open the video in a new tab. Enjoy! Tell us what’s your favourite act amongst them and why! If you have filmed them, too, feel free to share the link in the ‘comment’ box!

 

 

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Angola – Kuduro music and dance

I just discovered some real cool dance performances and dug deeper to find out more about this dance style.

Kuduro

Kuduro (or kuduru) is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola in the 1980s. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable. Kuduro began in Luanda, Angola in the late 1980s. Initially, producers sampled traditional carnival music like soca and zouk from the Caribbean, as well as semba from Angola and laid this around a fast 4/4 beat.

The kuduro is similar to the Kizomba rhythm. The lyrics are usually in Portuguese.

For those of you who like urban dances, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this kuduro dance, too! I can find a lot similarities between new style hip hop, house and kuduro.

If you’d like to know more about it, check out this article (video of urban dances including kuduro in it):

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2012/12/26/167628341/kuduro-the-dance-that-keeps-angola-going

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuduro

For those interested in learning this dance, there are classes in Paris (France) and London (England):

Every Tuesday with Iris De Brito from 19:30 to 20:30 known for her afro, for her Kizomba and Semba and general high energy, this is one class that will make you move!

@ The Space Studios/ 31 Falkirk St London N1 6HQ

Every Monday from 20:00 to 21:00 with Nat Borges (NKM) known for his afro-hous and kuduro energy! He is one of the dancer from the video i’m sharing with you later in this post :).

@Studio Bleu/ 32 rue du Capitaine Marchal, 75020 Paris (porte de Bagnolet- metro Gambetta)

Now, let me share with you a youtube video mix gathering both music kuduro videos and dance videos. The first video is the one I came across at first and enjoyed watching. The choreography is very good and the two dancers are also witty/funny!

What do you think of this music? And what about the dance?

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Plinny Phoenix and Dario Rodighiero- Live Jazz/Bossa Nova concert in Dublin (IE)

To my readers, apologies if I haven’t been writing too many blog posts lately, I was very busy! But tonight, I’m catching up with all of you :).

Last Saturday 2nd January 2016 I attended this amazing concert at Jazz Cafe Dublin, 17b Asdill’s Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and got the chance to meet both the lovely singer Plinny and pianist Dario Rodighiero. I enjoyed so much their live jazz/bossa nova performance that I decided to share a video of it with you! The audience appreciated it as well and was cheering and clapping.

Ok, I won’t bother you with too much talking. If you want to follow them, please check their Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/JaffaCakesMusic/?pnref=lhc

https://www.facebook.com/duckpiano/

To have an idea about what their music style is, watch this video:

 

 

 

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Want to catch up with 2pac shakur’s group ‘The Outlawz’ 2015 live concert?

Do you like old-school hip hop? Do you miss listening to 2Pac sounds? Well, even though Shakur died a while ago, his band ‘The Outlawz’ is still pretty much alive and touring!

They gave us a great concert on Saturday 11th April 2015 at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin 8 (Ireland) and were preceded by equally good live opening acts with DJ Spaqz and ‘Trigger’ Irish hip hop band amongst others.

Check out pictures (diaporama) from the event and listen to audio and video tracks below! Enjoy!

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Opening acts:

The Outlaws live concert videos and soundtrack:

 

 

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‘Profound’ and ‘Hare Square’ bands’ live concerts (February 2015)

I recently won a pair of tickets to go and listen to new Irish-based bands at Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Wednesday 11th February 2015. I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever as I didn’t know these bands. I only thought their music styles would probably be either hip hop or soul. But I truly enjoyed their live performances and wanted to share them with you! They also play/sing a good variety of music styles!

'Profound' band'Hare Squead' band

If you are interested in knowing more about them, please visit their Facebook fan page and/or website:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Profound/569027616473432?sk=info&tab=page_info

https://www.facebook.com/HareSquead/info?tab=page_info

http://www.haresquead.com/

Now, I let you enjoy their performances (1 video and 1 soundtrack) and let you leave your comments!

 

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Regular and occasional afrobeat events in Dublin, Ireland

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Following a popular search for Afro-beat nights in Dublin, please find below few good DJ organisations, live bands and festivals/carnivals happening in and around Dublin:

1) DJs Weekly events with occasional guest singers from abroad:

– Every Saturday at Break for the Border with Rap Ireland, 10 Euros in or contact them to be on the cheap list. They will play a mix of Hip-Hop, Afro-beats, RnB , Dancehall. You can like their page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/officialrapireland

– Every Sunday at River Bar (Passion night club), O’Connell House Bridge (this is the ex-Q Bar), 5 Euros in. They will play a mix of Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Rn’B and Reggae. You can follow them or add them as friend on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BoomEntz/

– Further events in and around Dublin are advertised in these public Facebook group pages:

https://www.facebook.com/afrobeat.segun?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/afroclubent/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/africanmusicnetwork/?fref=ts

2) Live band concerts (you can check my previous blog posts or listen to some of them on my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos):

– Tig Linn with female and male singers (blessed with powerful voices). To know more about their planned concerts, check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tig-Linn/211049728918708?fref=ts

– Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble with male singer (blessed with a lot of charisma and energy). For more information, check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DublinAfrobeat?fref=ts

– Manden Express with female singer. For more information, check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/mandenexpress?fref=ts

You can also catch a few Afro-beat/Afro-jazz live concerts at National Concert Hall. See their website for more details:

https://www.nch.ie/Online/

3) Yearly Festivals and carnivals:

Event organised generally at the end of May by Africa Day about African music, fashion, arts and crafts, clothing and culture. For more information, check their Facebook page and/or website:

https://www.facebook.com/africadayireland?fref=ts

Event organised generally around mid/end August by Nigerian Carnival Ireland about Nigerian music, comedy, food, fashion. more information, check their Facebook page and/or website:

https://www.facebook.com/nigeriancarnivalireland?fref=ts

 

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Dub Investigation Irish reggae band on Reverbnation and Amazon

Since the first time I have been organising a fund-raising gig for them back in August 2010, the Dub Investigation reggae band has made huge steps forward in promoting their music to the public.

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Indeed, their fan base on Facebook has been growing since then and they also have joined the Reverbnation artists’ community.

To check them out on Reverbnation, click on the following link:

http://www.reverbnation.com/dubinvestigation.

You can listen to or buy their songs and share them with your friends. You can also view their pictures and Youtube videos, catch up with their gigs’ update by entering your email address in the “Join the Mailing List” blank field.

You can also buy some of their albums in MP3 format on Amazon (UK or US site). For that, you just need to type ‘Dub Investigation’ in the search bar. You can also find their 3 released albums so far on Last.fm:

http://www.last.fm/music/Dub+Investigation

Finally, you may want to follow them on twitter or facebook to hear more about their projects:

https://twitter.com/dubinvestigator

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dub-Investigation/176398791565?fref=ts

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