A Collaborative Art Space for Artists Who Care About the World
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Each year, thousands of artists from as far as Kerala, India and as near as Freehold, New Jersey make the trek to New York City to perform in one of its thousands of art venues, to watch other artists perform or to simply catch the vibe of the most art-filled town in the world.
The Global Arts CoLab - insite's fully-wired, state-of-the-art, "smart" audio-visual recording/learning center - will provide the globally responsive of these artists with opportunities, services, equipment and peer collaboration unavailable to them anywhere else in the world and at prices and with a bartering system they can afford. The Global CoLab also will serve as part of insite's R&D arm and provide its globally responsive artists with their own arts playground in NYC.
The artists signed to InSub Records can earn money while they are developing their careers (and after they hit the big time) at the CoLab providing music instruction, art therapy and music skills to New York area youth and at-risk mothers and children participating in insite's Global One Co-op programs. CoLab staff will provide both these groups with the various technical skills necessary to have a voice in the 21st Century, such as sound recording, engineering, web streaming, producing, film, sound and video editing, film and TV production, videography, and graphic design for web sites and CD covers.
There will be an emphasis on training girls and women for those technical positions that remain a largely all-male affair, such as sound recording, directing, engineering and camera.
Members of the CoLab community will collaborate with professionals in the creation of low-cost commercials and educational spots for non-profits, affordable music videos, music demos, full-length CDs, web sites and cover art for unsigned musicians. The more exhibitionist of the bunch can work as Cyber Hosts on the CoLabs web channel, Globalcolab.com.
Through this collaboration, the CoLab seeks to introduce the artistic voices of tomorrow to people from various cultural backgrounds, socio-economic classes and political perspectives in order to stimulate these artists to think about a wide variety of mature subjects from various perspectives. The CoLab further seeks to make the "at-risk" of today the voices of tomorrow by nurturing and inspiring those people who are not privileged enough to have the time, space, money and dreams to create art. Global Co-Op participants also will be called on to provide administrative and support services, but no janitorial or food services.
The CoLab services will be based on a barter economy. Developing artists can build up Glopos (global points) by providing music lessons, sound instruction, equipment repair, counter service at Co-Labs Symmetrical Chaos Café, janitorial and physical plant help, baby-sitting and language instruction to our global visitors. Every service will be worth a certain number of Glopos, which will be added to their Glo Card (similar to an ATM card). They also will get glopo points by assisting with insite-related events and buying insite product. They then can pay for items such as studio time, engineering help, posters & postcards, editing, strings, 4-track rentals, sheet music, music lessons from foreign musicians, websites, insite cds, videos and books, insite apparel, hot showers and food/coffee from the Café. The CoLab will afford InSub musicians with a place to rehearse, record, collaborate with foreign musicians and learn about "exotic" instruments/sounds, test new songs before live audiences and perform interactive concerts for global audiences.
The CoLab will include a Feed Room, to which insites global A&R reps can stream unsigned bands from clubs all over the world or send digital tapes to be viewed, voted on and catalogued for consideration in insite products, such as CDs, movies, TV and web properties.
Through its interactive technology, The CoLab will hold "Virtual Band" nights, where audiences can watch and vote on wide screen videos of the bands being considered for insite projects. Some of these bands will be cyberscreened "live" and the shows will be interactive, with the audience interviewing the bandmembers. The audience will receive free promo InSub CDs and other insite products in return for voting and commenting on select bands.
The CoLab also will host an "open mic" night for local and visiting artists who come to NYC to practice and show off their chops.
Live performances will be taped and archived for distribution via digital download.
The CoLab also will serve as a prime venue for music benefits and community music events.
insite will sponsor one resident artist per year, who will be provided a stipend to cover room and board. This artist also will be allotted time in the studio and rehearsal rooms and provided with technical staff and CD production monies. insite will split ownership of the recordings and output for that year with the musician.
The CoLab will include:
: a state of the art analog and digital recording studio
The CoLab will provide artists from around the world with a place to:
: collaborate with other artists of other cultures
Commercial products created at the CoLab:
: MUSIC VIDEOS
As is the case with everything insite, The CoLab will be run according to insites philosophy.
The Global Arts CoLab will operate as a non-profit corporation and be funded by insite and other non-profit and for-profit institutions and private individuals concerned about the ever-shrinking access to the arts by public school and at-risk youth, such as the Soros Foundation, Americans for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts "Community Assets" Program and the Lilla Wallace-Readers Digest Fund.