Newsletter Summer 2018

Big Water Creative Arts

Welcome!

To those of you who are already in the know about Big Water Creative Arts and what

we’re all about, this quarterly newsletter will keep you up to speed on our programs, our

progress, and our fundraising events and concerts/performances.

To those of you who are new to BWCA, you’re receiving this newsletter because you

were a participant or supporter of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop in years

past. To you, we extend an invitation to join us in bringing music to the masses and

supporting music education for all ages and all walks of life!

For the new folks, a little background….

BWCA was an outgrowth of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop. The MISW

was a wonderful experience for 3 years, but it was also a lot of time and effort on our

part (*we DO hope to ressurrect the MISW in 2019, so keep an ear out). It also never

made a profit, and actually cost us a few thousand dollars out of our own pockets. We

finally decided that, if we were going to continue to spread the “gospel” of songwriting

and music creation to the world at large, we should really make it count, and we needed

to do the MOST GOOD for the most people possible.

Thus, on April 7, 2016, Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. (a 501c3 not for profit corporation)

was born. BWCA’s initial programs were songwriting classes for elementary and middle

school students (through the Petoskey Montessori School, at Crooked Tree Arts Center

in Petoskey, and in Mancelona Public Schools), and we’re continuing on that path,

branching out this year into doing more summer school programs (see below) in

Crawford and Oakland counties.

BWCA has also broadened its scope in the past year, providing music programs for

developmentally challenged adults (at the Bergmann Center in Charlevoix), as well as

senior programs for music exploration and group instrumental instruction at

Independence Village (an assisted care and independent living facility in Petoskey).

Both were huge successes, and these programs are slated to become year-round

programs starting in late summer/early fall 2018. We’re also currently working with

Independence Village on a plan to eventually provide these programs to all 17 of

Independence Village’s facilities state-wide.

In other news, BWCA hosted a house party/fundraiser in April at the residence of

Georgia Abbott and David Emmel in Harbor Springs. A private, invitation-only crowd of

about 40 supporters enjoyed a 2 hour performance by “Velvet Jones”, aka Michelle

Chenard and Pete Kehoe. The duo performed a grand piano-based set of classics and

originals, as well as a guitar set later in the night. Our generous sponsors for the night

were Boyne Highlands, Gypsy Vodka, and Petoskey Brewing Company, each

donating food and drink for our guests. And, our generous attendees donated over

$4,000 to our cause, a much needed shot in the arm to help cover our accounting fees,

administrative costs, office supplies, instructor fees, course materials, and SO much

more.

But, we still need your help. We need operating capital. We need web hosting, design

and maintenance. We need graphic design, brochures & course materials. We need

money to fund scholarships for kids that can’t afford music education, so that income

isn’t a barrier to the joy of music. We need social media marketing and promotion. We

need to hire a grant writer. We need…..so much. We need your help.

—$10 pays for 20 stamps

—$32 pays for 10 reams of paper

—$100 pays almost half our accounting fees for the year

—$150 pays for 2 sets of percussion instruments

—$200 pays for 5 hours of vocal or instrument lessons

—$350 pays for 1000 glossy, bi-fold brochures

—$500 pays for two 2-hour songwriting workshops with 2 instructors for a class of 12

students, including classroom materials

—$1000 pays for 7 quality baritone ukuleles

—$2000 provides a one-hour lesson each week for a year for an at risk or financially

disadvantaged kid

—$2500 pays for a high-powered laptop, a printer/scanner, and a GoPro camera for us

to document and share our workshops on YouTube and on social media

—$2500 pays for a year’s lease on an office space in Harbor Plaza

—$5000 pays for 50 hours of quality professional grant writing to solicit funding

—$10,000 pays for 8 months rental for a music lesson studio and/or rehearsal space

Our goal is this: to raise $250,000 for BWCA, Inc. in the next 3-5 years. This will not

only fund operating costs and a facility in which to host our classes, lessons &

workshops, but will also enable us to offer individual scholarships, fund programs for

disadvantaged youth in poor communities, continue expanding our reach

geographically, purchase musical instruments and computers, and continue to increase

our program offerings to include education in music production, group performance,

music theory & arrangement, and a host of other fields of musical study.

Why do we all love music? Because it moves us. Because it lifts us up. Because it

soothes us. Because it makes our lives better. Because it makes EVERYTHING better.

Think of how powerful a gift it is to pass that on to someone. Think of how different our

world would be if we could pass that on to ALL human beings. To everyone. THAT’s

what we want to do.

The impact of these programs is life-changing, for everyone involved. To see a 10 yearold

light up after he’s written a clever line to a song co-authored by his class mates? To

see an autistic man literally jumping up and down in excitement over a creative thought

of his that was accepted and praised by his peers? To watch a 91 year-old woman

learn to play her first 3 chords on the ukulele and learn her first song? All priceless.

The positive impact made? Immeasurable.

So, please help us do the MOST GOOD. Help us pass a creative musical torch to the

next generation, as well as to others who don’t have the opportunity to experience it

otherwise. It’s not happening in many of our schools any longer. It’s not happening in

most homes any longer. And if not, then where?

Our new website (bigwatercreativearts.org) should be up and running in a few weeks

(there’s a landing page right now). We’ll have a donation page (we take credit cards or

PayPal), and we hope you’ll seriously consider donating to our cause. We’re rapidly

expanding our reach, both in scope and in geographic area, and we need funding to

continue that expansion.

Upcoming events are listed below. If you have any questions, suggestions, or know of

any groups or individuals that would be interested in or positively impacted by utilizing

our workshops, please feel free to contact us at info@bigwatercreativearts.org, or on

our Facebook page (bigwatercreativearts).

Help us share the magic that is music with everyone, regardless of age, income or

ability, and help us make the world a better place….one song at a time.

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR BIG WATER CREATIVE ARTS

June 25-28

Birmingham Community Education’s 2018 Summer Camp

http://www.communityed.net

Songwriting 101

*A fun, interactive course for middle school students, with little or no musical training

required. Students learn the basic building blocks of songs, learn how to be descriptive

and emotive, learn creative thinking and how to collaborate with others creatively, “ghost

write” a familiar song, and by the end of the course, students complete their very own

first song! Group instruction and individual mentoring with our very talented and award

winning Michigan based songwriting instructors.

July 16-19

Ausable Artisan Village

www.aavart.org

Songwriting 101

*A fun, interactive course for middle school students, with little or no musical training

required. Students learn the basic building blocks of songs, learn how to be descriptive

and emotive, learn creative thinking and how to collaborate with others creatively, “ghost

write” a familiar song, and by the end of the course, students complete their very own

first song! Group instruction and individual mentoring with our very talented and award

winning Michigan based songwriting instructors.

August 17-18

Petoskey Festival On The Bay

www.petoskeyfestival.com

Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. & MI RootsWear join forces again to sponsor the FREE

Music Stage! Featuring local and regional artists including multi-genre songsmiths and

an interactive drum circle.

Big Water Creative Arts.

Making the world a better place one song at a time.