I have signed up to attend Shabbat Shira in November, a weekend music and worship retreat for adults where I can recharge my batteries and renew myself spiritually and musically. I'm really looking forward to it.
This year, thanks to the generosity of friends I have been invited to consider attending a second conference. I immediately knew that the one I wanted to try and get to would be Songleader Boot Camp. The name doesn't really entail all that this series of workshops offers. It really is an opportunity for some serious professional development, something that anyone working in the field of Jewish music and education can benefit from.
At this point, I am roughly a third of the way there in terms of covering my costs, which will come to around $900 with airfare.
Asking for money is hard. It's hard because our cultures has a lot of baggage around money and how we earn and spend it, the value of one person's work versus another's, and the sad fact that, in the New Economy, far too many of us are barely scraping to get by.
Money is loaded.
Asking for money is REALLY loaded.
And yet, it's what I need to do in order to avail myself of these professional development opportunities.
But if I'm going to ask for help, I want it to allow me to offer something positive in the process. It wouldn't feel right any other way.
To that end, I've pondered how I might go about raising the remainder of the money in a thoughtful way.
So here are some ideas:
1. For $50, I will perform a lunchtime desk concert at your place of business (in Portland, Oregon);
2. For $60 I will offer two half-hour guitar lessons (to be scheduled by no later than December 31, 2016);
3. For $150 I will give a private house concert for you and your friends (anywhere in the US, but you would have to provide transportation and, if necessary, lodging as well).
I will also speak one-on-one to family and friends to ask for their support in [any] smaller amounts.
The goal is to acquire new tools for my toolbox as an artist and educator; and to bring those tools back and put them to use in the work I do for my local community and the communities I visit.
I've decided not to run this through an online crowdfunding site, because I don't want to ask supporters to pay processing fees. It's a hassle and frankly, the funds could be better used going towards this specific goal.
Registration for Songleader Boot Camp opens September 1, with early-bird pricing through Sept 30. I plan to sign up during the month of September, and mostly would need help to cover the travel and lodging costs.
(NOTE: If you have Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points you'd like to share, let me know! I fly Southwest as my airline of choice because they treat musicians so well.)
If you want to set up a concert at your home or business during September, or after October 23, Please use the CONTACT form and let's plan an event together.
If you want to help out in some other way, use the CONTACT form and let's talk.
Meanwhile, I am SO gratified to be doing the work I'm doing and feeling especially blessed that I've been given something new to work towards. Because of your love and support, I feel that my goals are attainable. Thank you for being part of this ongoing adventure!