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Crowdfunding for new music experience


A West Australian trio is using crowdfunding platform Pozible to launch a new style of music experience they plan to take around the country.

Paul Rowe, Debbie Portughes and Liz Blaxell have created The Are’n’Be Experience, which combines music, conversation and hands on activities as a way of inspiring people to make changes for the better in their lives.

“Through the Experience, there will be a strong emphasis on creating and sharing music. This will be complemented by ‘campfire’ conversations, guided by guest speakers, focusing on social and environmental topics.” Ms Blaxell said.

The first Experience is planned for two days in April 2014 on a rural property in Gidgegannup on Perth’s outskirts. However, there are plans to build on this and eventually take the Experience to each State in Australia.

Resident atmosphere coordinator Mr Rowe said there would be several performers to keep the crowd entertained.

“Performances will include master luthier Andrew Ellis, and the musical madness of Temple Shirley plus other exciting entertainers,” he said.

“Punters will have the opportunity to make and play their own instruments – even if they’ve never picked one up in their lives.”

The trio is hoping to raise $11,000 through the crowdfunding project. This is also part of a competition against other projects vying for several cash prizes to go towards their gigs. However, they are aiming high and hope to exceed this target.

“Additional funds raised will go towards developing the concept and taking the show on the road,” Ms Portughes said.

For more details and to pledge support for the project go to

The crowdfunding project runs until 24 October 2013.


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