Songscapes

Are you a band interested in doing a Songscape?

Got a large following and might be interested in doing a Songscape? Check out this PDF that talks more about the process and what’s involved! Generally we’re looking for bands with more than 50,000 Facebook Followers, but we do make exceptions.

Why work with big bands? The mission of Songscapes is to create new fans for public lands. Since each Songscape takes about $7000-$10,000 to produce, and we have extremely limited funds, we need to make sure that Songscapes reach as many people as possible. We’re trying to make America appreciate and protect its public lands, so we try to work with bands who are able to make that vision possible.

However, we know how hard emerging bands work! And we’ve worked with crazy talented emerging bands! We may be able to work something out if you’re passionate :). Email harrison@sustainmusicandnature.org

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Songscape: Roosevelt National Forest Release & Party

Songscape: Roosevelt National Forest drops on National Public Lands Day!

Sept. 22 is around the corner folks, and we can’t wait for you to hear the joyous song The Burroughs created while inspired by Roosevelt National Forest. It’s going to make you itch to go dance in the woods.

Purchase the song on release day and proceeds will help support Sustain, The Burroughs, and the National Forest Foundation.

Songscape Party at New Belgium on Sept. 29!

We’re stoked to have you at our first ever Songscape concert. Thanks to the generosity of New Belgium Brewery and Bohemian Foundation, we’re able to put on a free concert! Listen to The Burroughs perform their Songscape music live, watch the Songscape music video on the big screen, drink beer co-brewed by the band, and meet our partners. Plus, you can bid on amazing outdoor gear donations by Filson, KUHL, Topo and AfterShokz! RSVP on our Facebook Event!!

Bohemian Foundation Awards Sustain Music & Nature a Muse Grant for New Songscape

Last fall, our Colorado board member Nicole Reese attended a workshop in Greeley, CO to learn about Bohemian Foundation’s new Muse grant program. Taking diligent notes about the application criteria and process, she called me right after the session finished.

“We’ve got to apply for this. It’s a perfect fit, we’ve always wanted to do a project in Fort Collins, and I’ve worked with so many of the public lands in this area. I know we can make this work.” Her enthusiasm was contagious as she described the opportunity, rarely pausing to take a breath. We immediately set to work on the application.

Muse is a responsive, competitive grant program offered by Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs. Bohemian Foundation is based in Fort Collins, CO as a private family foundation that supports local, national and global efforts to build strong communities. Muse supports music-related organizations and activities in Northern Colorado in order to strengthen community through music.

 
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In our Muse application, we proposed a new Songscape based within the grant’s scope of work of Weld and Larimer Counties. Here, the public land options are pretty incredible- National Forests, National Grasslands, and State Parks as well as county and city open spaces. We will be partnering with one of these public lands in Northern Colorado to host a locally based band for a Songscape. They’ll spend a week outdoors, learning about the ecology and history, all while soaking up sunshine and enjoying the landscape. From the band’s experiences, they’ll draw inspiration to write a new song. We will shoot a music video and release the video and song at a live concert.  We’re also planning to partner with local businesses and organizations- recording studios, Biodiesel for Bands, the Music District, and Cloverlick Banjos to name a few.

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This Songscape will help raise awareness and appreciation for not only a beautiful public land area, but also for the music industry in Northern Colorado. We create new audiences for public lands and bands through the Songscape program, and we’re incredibly excited to do so in this region. I (Betsy, co-founder) attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and fell in love with the mountains and plains there. Giving back to a landscape and community that means so much to Nicole and me will be a real privilege.

This Songscape is made possible due to a generous grant from Bohemian Foundation’s Muse program. We are very grateful! Join our Newsletter to stay up-to-date as this Songscape develops. We're also looking for sponsors to help us reach our last bit of funding still needed.