Honoring The Musical Life of Mel Nelson
Organized by: Chaz Van Heyden
Chaz Van Heyden via Crowdrise
May 19, 2015
<UPDATE> We now have exact dollar amounts to shoot for to compile, mix, master and press/upload album: 1000 CDs / 499.00; 4 Panel Jacket (Contains photos, biographical material and CD / 640.00; Design Svc 497.00, Post Production (Mastering) 449.00, Shipping 89.30. Without tax total: $1,994.30. Our Target is $2000.00. EVERY 2 DOLLARS DONATED BUYS 2 CDs pressed, jacketed and shipped.
Musicians in Action Guild, a 501 (c) 3 association, would like to start adding songs and pieces that will very probably turn up on the final compilation tribute album. We will publish stories and vignettes about his life as they come in from long-time friiends and band members he played with. That's our update for now.
Mel Nelson, who passed 2014, reached thousands of individuals with his adventurous and varied musical performances and life stories. He gave unselfishly to the pleasure of audiences many times during and after showcases the Guild presented from 2009 to 2013. Mel often tutored freely performing musicians from his voluminous weatlth of music knowledge, as he does here after playing SKYLARK Improv. His legacy should be well remembered.
We've taken from archives of his impromptu performances at our showcases at Celebrity Centre Nashville, and added songs from admiring performers and colleagues to a compilation CD. It will be released under iTunes as well.
Contribution can be $1 and will help and be acknowledged. Each contributor of $20 or greater will receive the published CD and 2 copies of The Way To Happiness (for artists). For admirers gifting $25 to $50 will receive CD and personal thank you from the Guild and 6 copies of The Way To Happiness from our Guild. $75 to $100 donations receive all of the above plus mention in the CD notes.
We believe this album will sell by itself. Proceeds will go to additional pressing and to the charitable The Way To Happiness Campaign of MIAG for musicians and artists.
Updates will be issued weekly and as milestones occur (such as art work finished for CD jacket, mastering, etc.).