Nashville Symphony turns to KickStarter for Joan Tower recording

Posted on: September 11, 2013

“The Nashville Symphony has a track record of 19 albums and 14 Grammy nominations. But to make its next recording happen, the NSO is having to scramble for fan support,” reads an unsigned article on Monday (9/9) at Nashville Public Radio’s website. The orchestra has set a goal of $15,500 to fund the recording of three works by American composer Joan Tower, set to be recorded live by this fall. “Their label, Franklin-based Naxos, pays some of the production costs; the orchestra has to cover the rest, and that line item was trimmed from this year’s budget. After all, this is a time when everyone on the payroll is taking pay cuts. Still, Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero doesn’t consider financial troubles a reason to give up on a new album. ‘We are in the business of creating and commissioning and recording the great warhorses of tomorrow. And in that sense we’re giving Nashville, I think, ownership of this music.’ Ownership, and perhaps a producer’s credit. The NSO has turned to crowdfunding website Kickstarter as its Plan B.” As of September 10, with eleven days to go, the orchestra had raised $5,204 toward the project. For all KickStarter projects, the recipient receives no funds unless the goal is reached by the target date.

Posted September 11, 2013