Monday, October 17, 2011

RocketHub And CIRAA Partner To Bring Crowdfunding To Independent Recording Artists In Canada

TORONTO, CANADA, (October 11, 2011) — RocketHub, the community where artists launch, fund, and fly their projects, has unveiled its partnership with The Canadian Independent Recording Artists' Association (CIRAA), Canada's only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent recording artists.

"CIRAA and RocketHub are both about helping independent artists find new and creative ways to navigate the current do-it-yourself music industry model," said CIRAA President Gregg Terrence. "RocketHub's crowdfunding portal is an important contributor to the independent music scene, and their sponsorship of the Groundbreaker Grant program is a meaningful investment in our collective efforts to help artists build sustainable careers and develop stronger connections with their fans."

CIRAA has launched the micro-grant program for Canadian Independent Artists. The program distributes $2,600 each month to Canadian independent artists in the form of twenty-five $100 "micro-grants," rewarding them specifically for live performances. The CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant is generously supported by XM Satellite Radio, Bandzoogle, as well as now RocketHub.

As part of the micro-grant rollout, RocketHub will empower CIRAA members to seamlessly launch crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub’s global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to empower Canadian artists with the ability to supplement their income and grants with innovative crowdfunding.

RocketHub Co-Founder and CEO, Brian Meece says: “RocketHub continues to search for new ways to empower artists and their fans across the world. The CIRAA partnership is the next step in this international rollout. We’re excited to welcome the community of CIRAA artists into the RocketHub ecosystem.”

As part of the roll-out, CIRAA has graciously agreed to share their custom crowdfunding tutorial with the world:

Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA)
CIRAA is Canada's only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent recording artists. With over 6,500 members across Canada, their mandate is focused on advocacy, education and member services. CIRAA’s educational audio series, The New Indie, features interviews with music industry experts discussing the new realities facing today’s independent recording artists.

RocketHub utilizes the power of crowdfunding to build a vibrant community. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, American Songwriter, Variety, NPR, The Economist, CNN, Billboard, Washington Post, etc. while helping thousands of artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations raise funds and awareness for their projects. RocketHub is the fastest growing crowdfunding community and is the first platform to provide next step opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs - including brand sponsorships, live performances & showcases, placement in film & television, media connections & introductions, etc. RocketHub is a community for Creatives, by Creatives, that innovates and develops new ways to create value for its users. RocketHub goes beyond crowdfunding and is the foundation of the New Creative Economy.

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