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Incentives Abound for Potential Contributors, From Customized Remixes to Free Introductory DJ Classes
Cambridge, MA – Having secured a location in the heart of Cambridge's Central Square neighborhood, Mmmmaven and its new academy The Mmmmaven Project seek to fund the final phase of the project: Equipping its students with the newest in DJ and production technology.
From its beginnings inside of the Together Festival, Boston's only city-wide music, art and technology festival, Mmmmaven has made a priority of finding equipment for amateurs and semi-professionals alike to learn and practice techniques of DJing and new music production. The Mmmmaven Project is the educational branch of Mmmmaven, and will begin conducting regular classes in the realm of new music once it secures the equipment it needs.
To do this, Mmmmaven has launched a crowdsourcing campaign at the popular arts funding website IndieGoGo. The Mmmmaven Project, is much more about the community than any one single investor.
The new office and laboratory, inside the famous Carl Barron building at 620 Massachusetts Ave., will contain a wall of names. Anyone willing to give $25 to the academy project will have their name on that wall. "The benefits only go up from there," explains co-director David Day, "everything to having your favorite song getting a custom remix to complimentary entry into many of the events we'll have for the next calendar year."
The final level of contribution, set at $5,000, includes such “perks” as free entry into all Mmmmaven events, a customized DJ mix personalized to taste and free classes inside the project. 100% of the money raised will go towards the equipment needed to begin classes in Central Square.
It is also worth noting that Mmmmaven has negotiated a reduced cost of the equipment with a number of local businesses, and that the Project will hire instructors from within Boston, contributing in a real way to the truly local creative economy.
“Plus you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re investing in the future of music in Greater Boston and, maybe most importantly, artist retention,” says Maniatis. “Keeping our creative community happy in this city is one of our core missions at Mmmmaven.”
Founded in 2011, Mmmmaven is an artist agency, event production company and now, an educational institution, building a network of talent from the grassroots and up. In the final stretch, they are asking the community at large to make the dream a reality.