I was talking to Davidica Little Spotted Horse a couple of days ago about the Independence Through Music project on Pine Ridge Reservation. I’ve written about it a few times and won’t bore you with all the particulars this time.
The ITM project is progressing well. The young people from the project are progressing well, too, from raw talent with little or no experience performing in front of others to knowledgeable musicians. It will indeed be interesting to see the finished product when they eventually produce and promote their CD.
This week ITM was doing workshops on management, booking agents, and the like. It’s one part of the project I like very much. It’s fine to provide musicians with the opportunity to perform and to learn how to record. But if they are not educated in the reality of being a recording artist, they will be open to being manipulated and used. This project will help them avoid those pitfalls. It will also train those who are interested in the recording industry but do not have the talent or interest in actually performing. There is a need for producers, managers, agents, CD cover art designers and other related personnel.
I asked Davidica if there was anything in the way of equipment that was needed by the individuals in the project. She told me about a laptop that was donated by an individual and a computer program that was donated by the folks at KILI radio. She said that 2 of the guitar players were being hampered by the fact that they had to borrow guitars to practice and perform. They could not afford their own.
So that’s where you come in. If you have an electric guitar or know someone who has an electric guitar that is not being used and is sadly sitting in a closet communing with the dust bunnies, pass it along. Give a young musician on Pine Ridge Reservation a chance to become a working musician and to make a living from what he or she loves.
You can arrange shipping by contacting Davidica at the contact page on her website: http://davidica.com You will be able to get a receipt for tax purposes if you need one.
Just think, you could be contributing to someone’s career