Project Proposal

Project Proposal for Unit Project

6 Strings

Blake Wiggins

 

For my unit project I will be working on expanding the brand of 6 Strings in collaboration with Aleksey Dunaeff. 6 Strings is the product of a small business endeavour which allows the title to be used in a solo, duo and band situation in an attempt to expand the brand and reach a greater audience.  Aleksey and I have our own individual jobs to make this venture successful. Aleksey will be focusing on promotion, social media, performance and visual content, such as a music video, while I will be booking gigs, setting up an EP launch for an album we released earlier in the year titled ‘Self Appointed Sentence’, and also being a performer.

Booking Gigs and Performance

My Primary aspect of my unit project is booking gigs for the solo, duo and band. This venture was started as a solo piece but has since expanded. The idea is to expand the other branches of the brand to; reach a greater audience base, to have the ability to play long covers gigs and originals gigs, and to be recognised in many music industry venues in Sydney (“Guide to Getting Gigs”, 2016). Here is a quick gig breakdown of the last 3 years:

Gig breakdown

2014- july 2015: 35 solo, 2 duo

2015- july 2016: 126 solo,  3 duo, 1 band

July 2016 onwards: 36 solo, 6 duo, 2 band

You can see that the spread between the different ensembles is getting better slowly.

 

 

Ep Launch

The Ep launch will be in the band setting, I have been in talks with the venue CC’s in Campbelltown about setting up an the gig later October early November. The reason for this is that the majority of our fan base is in the Campbelltown which would make it a better turn out for the gig. The other side of this is setting up the support acts and getting in contact with these bands in an attempt to network (AMCOS, 2016) out and even get a spot at there shows whenever they need a support. Bands being approached Authority Downfall, The Marquis and positive era just to name a few. Another aspect of the gig is distribution of the album (2016), out there and setting up hard copies, which will be given out to people who purchase entry to the gig, and it is also available online for download on Band Camp.

Collaboration with Aleksey

There are elements that crossover between the work Aleksey and I have split up between each other. Aleksey is in both the duo and band set up when I’m not doing the solo work. With the music video Aleksey has set up for promotional use, I will be in attendance performing as expected but I have also offered my services in the editing process due to the amount of work the video incorporates. Aleksey has set the 12 of September aside for us to shoot the video as WSU Werrington campus in the photography block and has spoken to all the proper authorities and gained the help of a photography student to shoot the video for us (“How to Promote Your Music | New Artist Model”, 2016).

Hopefully with the push of promotional content in collaboration with the exposure of an ep launch as well as jumping on as many line ups as possible will be an efficient way to expand the brand of 6 Strings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

AMCOS, A. (2016). Tips of the Trade: How to book a great gig | APRA AMCOS Australia. Apraamcos.com.au. Retrieved 9 September 2016, from http://apraamcos.com.au/news/2014/past-aprap-tips-of-the-trade/tips-of-the-trade-how-to-book-a-great-gig/

(2016). Cyberprmusic.com. Retrieved 9 September 2016, from http://cyberprmusic.com/album-release-preparation-the-musicians-guide-to-marketing-plans-part-1/

Guide to Getting Gigs. (2016). triple j Unearthed. Retrieved 9 September 2016, from https://www.triplejunearthed.com/article/guide-getting-gigs

How to Promote Your Music | New Artist Model. (2016). New Artist Model. Retrieved 9 September 2016, from http://newartistmodel.com/promote-your-music/

Gig Guide

2.7.16 Masonic Club 7.30-11.30                                                                                                                     3.7.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
8.7.16 Catherine Manley 40th Moorbank Htl TBC 7pm- 11.00
9.7.16 BALD FACE STAG – BAND 7.00 – ?
10.07.16 The Rivo Hotel – Riverstone 4pm-7pm
14-18.07.16 Blake Melbourne BLOCK
22.7.16 Figtree Hotel, Figtree 8.30 -11.30
23.7.16 Panania Hotel 8.30 -11.30
24.07.16 The Oaks Hotel – The Oaks DUO 1pm – 5pm
29-30.07.16 BLAKE 21st BLOCK
31.7.16 Rocks Brewing Company 2pm 5pm
12.8.16 PROPOSED DUO DIGGERS
13.8.16 DRAGONS GAME
14.8.16 The Mill 12pm – 3 pm
19.8.16 Tahmoor Inn 8.00 11.00
20.08.16 Private Function Penshurst RSL
21.8.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
27.8.16 Private Function – Ingleburn RSL 6.30 – 10.30
4.09.16 The Oaks Hotel – The Oaks
9.9.16 panania diggers duo                                                                                                                     10.9.16 panania hotel 8.30-11.30                                                                                                         11.9.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
16.9.16 lord raglan hotel 7.00-10.00                                                                                               18.9.16 rocks brewing comapny 2.00-5.00                                                                                   23.9.16 tahmoor inn 8.00-11.00                                                                                                       24.9.16 panania diggers                                                                                                                                 30.9.16 Clovelly Hotel 4.30-7.30
02.10.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
7.10.16 figtree hotel 8.30-11.30                                                                                                         9.10.16 mac tav 2.00-5.00                                                                                                                14.10.16 The Oaks Hotel – The Oaks                                                                                                           15.10.16 belvedere hotel duo 7.30-11.30                                                                                         16.10.16 rivo hotel 4.00-7.00                                                                                                           22.10.16 rocks brewing company 2.00-5.00                                                                                     22.10.16 gregorys hills hotel duo 8.00-12.00                                                                                         21.10.16 Crown Hotel duo 8.00-12.00
28.10.16 Ctown Golf Club 7.30-10.30                                                                                                        29.11.16 Panania Diggers 8.00-12.00                                                                                                    30.11.16 Mill Hotel 12.00 – 3.00
6.11.16 The Oaks Hotel – The Oaks
11.11.16 Ctown Golf Club 7.30-10.30
27.11.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
2.12.16 The Oaks Hotel – The Oaks a
11.12.16 Ctown Golf Club 2.30-5.30
18.12.16 Oatley Hotel 2.00- 6.00
23.12.16 Ctown Golf Club 7.30-10.30

 

6 Strings Timeline

Brief Timeline

April 2014- June 2015

  • 6 Strings founded 17th April
  • 37 gigs played (35 solo, 2 duo)
  • June 3rd 2015, open for Rai Thistlethwaite (Thirsty Merc). Rai does not show and i play an extra set
  • Launch Squad Agency picks me up as an artist as a result of the Thistlethwaite gig

July 2015- June 2016

  • Start regular gigs with the Launch Squad, The Oaks Hotel, Campbelltown golf Club
  • 130 gigs played (126 solo, 3 duo, 1 band)
  • November 2015, Aleksey Dunaeff, Johnathan Scott-Dobbie and Dean Cecire join 6 Strings as band members
  • March 2016, 6 Strings records first EP, Self Appointed Sentence
  • June 2016, 6 Strings plays first band gig opening for Jones the Cat

July 2016-October 2016

  • previous gig count with submitted proposal: 44 gigs (36 solo, 4 duo, 2 band)
  • current gig count: 60 gigs (50 solo,6 duo, 4 band)
  • Ep launch date set to 4th November
  • bands, venue, banners, posters, CD’s, invitations, labels, pricing all finished

Future

Short term

  • Ep launch
  • increase original material
  • increase in band and duo gig count
  • prepare for follow up album