A drummer, a guitarist and a singer walk into a bar ...
Well right now, not much, aside from a few side-glances and perhaps buying one another a drink ... But, there should be something more. There should exist some way that likeminded, creative musicians are able to come together and collaborate on their passion -- to make music that they love and music that we, as listeners, love to listen to.
Music, from the start, was born around collaboration. From the excitement you get when seeing your favorite musician live to the memories uncovered when you hear a song long forgotten, there's something unique and emotional in the way we experience music. Recently, however, this experience is migrating in a different direction; instead of listening, creating and sharing music with others, more and more people are turning their experience inward, choosing to plug in their headphones and shun the unique connectedness that music provides. Listening to a song on your iPod, however, will never be the same as hearing it played in concert or belting it in the car with friends. We've lost a sense of the togetherness that music brings, whether that be a result of our plugged in lives or of how aspiring musicians now sit in their basements and dorm rooms, producing music for whatever small online audience they can garner, hoping a record label sees their YouTube video and propels them to fame. This may work for a few Justin Biebers out there, but is this truly what the sharing of music has become? How do we tackle the challenge of moving back toward the time when music brought people together?
Over the past few years, the tech world has come up with several ways to solve a similar problem. How does the ambitious potential founder with a great idea get connected to the programmer who can build his product? And once they're connected, how do they know that they'll work well together? Today, thanks to TechWeek, hackathons, co-working spaces and the like, the options are endless when it comes to finding channels to collaborate, brainstorm and build out startup ideas.
This synergistic model and community that has evolved over the years to encourage the rise and creation of tech companies has no doubt caught hold and made us all dream of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg. But why Mark Zuckerberg and not Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles or Madonna? Why can't this model be applied to other industries? Need it be restricted to only software, big data or social media companies? Why does tech have all the fun!
If this model could be replicated across other industries (for kicks, let's say music), imagine the innovation, the collaboration and the changes it could make. Picture a new sort of disruption in the music industry -- not a digital, let's-steal-music-with-Napster disruption, but one in which musicians have a chance to change the way bands have always been formed and discovered; a chance to collaborate within a community, to discuss new ideas, to meet with experienced leaders, to break through the barriers that traditional record labels hold and build a band -- a music "startup" of their own.
There's a need for events and venues similar to those that have led to the creation of successful tech companies -- and Bandaloo will solve that need. At its core, Bandaloo aims to revolutionize the way that music is formed, found and brought to you as musicians and music fans. Bandaloo Weekend, is an event whose goal is bringing together local artists to meet, form groups, create music, and overall, conspire together.By providing the extra push that such talented artists and groups need, Bandaloo is a step towards impacting the music industry through collaboration and introduction to an innovative community where people can join forces to create a new era of music. More simply put, it's a step towards putting the 'us' back in music -- something that everyone might like to see.
Does this sound like something you'd like to support? We're running a crowdfunding campaign through the Venture for America Innovation Fund to kick off the first ever Bandaloo Weekend. We'd love your support!
This blog post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and Venture for America, in conjunction with the Venture for America Innovation Fund. Right now, seven teams of VFA Fellows are competing for access to $20,000 to get projects off the ground and make an impact in in Detroit, Providence, Cincinnati and New Orleans. To see all the other posts in the series, click here. For more information about Venture for America, click here.