Pioneer Crowdfunding Website ArtistShare® Submits Recordings for Consideration in the 58th Grammy Awards

Fan-funded recording submissions for ArtistShare® artists Maria Schneider, Alex Skolnick, Koppel+Colley+Blade Collective, Doug Beavers and Requinte Trio. Submission includes recording from the groundbreaking BlueNote/ArtistShare® partner label for Gil Evans Project.

New York, NY, August 31, 2015 --( This year, pioneer crowdfunding website, ArtistShare, submits seven new fan-funded recordings for consideration in the 58th Grammy Awards. ArtistShare recordings have received nine Grammy Awards and eighteen Grammy nominations to date. In 2005, Maria Schneider’s Concert in The Garden received a Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Album, making it the first recording to win a Grammy Award that was only available online.

ArtistShare released a number of historic firsts this year. The Gil Evans Project recorded their first live album, Lines of Color, and metal guitar legend, Alex Skolnick, produced Planetary Coalition, his first acoustic world music collaboration. John Clayton released a recording made with his musical mentor, Hank Jones, for the Parlor Series Vol. II, and Maria Schneider released The Thompson Fields, the first studio recording of her 18-piece jazz orchestra in eight years. Doug Beavers, The Requinte Trio (featuring Janis Siegel, Nanny Assis, and John Di Martino), and the Koppel+Colley+Blade Collective also released their first ArtistShare fan-funded recordings this year.

ArtistShare provides fans with exclusive insight into each artist’s creative process. In 2008, Maria Schneider even invited one of her ArtistShare Premium Participants to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony. Fans are an essential part of an artist's success in releasing new music. A Grammy Award for an ArtistShare release is not only a celebration of an artist's achievements, but also a celebration of the fans that make it happen.

The BlueNote/ArtistShare label is a partnership forged by ArtistShare Founder and CEO, Brian Camelio, the late Chairman Emeritus of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall and current President of Blue Note Records, Don Was. Bruce Lundvall referred to the collaboration as “a key component in the future of the music business.” Brian Camelio says, “The BlueNote/ArtistShare partnership is groundbreaking, as it is the first partnership between a major label and a crowdfunding platform. I would love to see our newest release, Lines of Color [Gil Evans Project], receive the recognition that it deserves.”

ArtistShare has submitted the following records for consideration:

Lines of Color – Gil Evans Project

The Gil Evans Project's second album, recorded during their fourth-annual, week-long engagement at the Jazz Standard in New York City. They performed many recently discovered works, in addition to some of Gil's classic arrangements.

The Thompson Fields – Maria Schneider Orchestra

The Thompson Fields is the Maria Schneider Orchestra's first studio record in eight years. This record exemplifies Maria's compositional prowess with pieces descriptive Maria's home in southwest Minnesota, to being inspired by the first time she heard samba in Rio. There's a piece inspired by the Birds of Paradise Project from Cornell University, and they recorded A Potter's Song, written in memory the beloved Laurie Frink.

Planetary Coalition – Alex Skolnick

Legendary guitarist, Alex Skolnick, has formed a group of 27 musicians from all over the world, including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kiran Ahluwalia, Adnan Joubran, the NY Gypsy All Stars, and many more. This project also doubles as a movement to bring people together.

The Parlor Series Vol. 2 – John Clayton and Hank Jones

The Parlor Series Vol. 2: John Clayton with Hank Jones is the second installment in a series of intimate musical recordings from bassist, John Clayton. Inspired by recordings of Hank Jones and Charlie Haden, John and Hank got together to record a collection of Negro Spirituals.

Koppel + Colley + Blade Collective – Koppel Colley Blade Collective

A newly formed trio featuring Benjamin Koppel on saxophone, Brian Blade on drums, and Scott Colley on bass. The album features new compositions directly inspired by physical landscapes as well as the personal landscapes of life experience.

Titanes del Trombón – Doug Beavers

Doug teamed up with an all star-cast including Oscar Hernández, Dafnis Prieto, Luisito Guintero, Edsel Gomez, Eddie Montalvo, and many other amazing musicians to record an album of music dedicated to the trombone masters in jazz and Latin music.

Honey & Air – Requinte Trio

The Requinte Trio features 9 time Grammy Award winning solo artist and vocalist for the Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, Nanny Assis, and Multi-Grammy nominated pianist, John Di Martino. Honey & Air is the first collaboration between these masterful musicians, and is a true creative combustion of music.

To preview the ArtistShare experience behind each artist's creative process, please contact
Prawit Siriwat
(212) 501-8562