A Message From Jim
Little did I know that this journey would begin in fall of 2005 while on a goose hunt in Goodrich, North Dakota. During the four days I was there, I met a young, aspiring musician who was working at the lodge but whose passion in life was to be part of the music industry in whatever capacity she could. Prior to my leaving, she put together a CD of several songs that she had written and asked me if I would be kind enough to put it in the hands of someone within the music industry from Atlanta. At the time, I only knew of one person with ties to the music industry and so began the journey. My friend listened to the CD and suggested that before moving forward that I go ahead and sign the artist to a contract in order to protect her musical rights from those entities that might take advantage of what she had worked so hard to develop. Not knowing any better, I structured a contract that provided a 50/50 spilt on any and all potential revenue streams. Once this was completed I spent the next three years meeting all sorts of industry folks looking to capitalize on what she had developed. Needless to say this experience opened my eyes to the workings of the music industry. All I really wanted to do was to help this very talented singer/songwriter find an entry into her lifelong passion of music. It was suggested on many occasions that she would be best served if afforded the opportunity to move to Atlanta so that she could gain exposure and meet the numerous industry professionals in the area. We moved her to Atlanta in 2009 and shortly thereafter we met up with Jan Smith, a world-renown vocal coach and producer who has berthed several national and international superstars.
As my working relationship grew with Jan it became very obvious that she too shared the same passion for being able to move an artist forward without all the strings attached. We began discussing how our collective backgrounds could come together to form a grassroots approach for artist funding and development that would prove favorable to the artist. It was several months later that the concept of a not-for-profit organization took the lead role of how this could be accomplished in a fair and refreshing environment that rewarded both the artist and a handpicked development team.
The rest of the story is quite refreshing as well since all who have seen or been introduced to the concept are willing to help in any way they can. What started out as a wild goose chase has now come full circle. It is our hope that this model of providing artists with developmental resources and education will be embraced by the ever-changing music industry for years to come.
With this goal in mind, our team of likeminded individuals has joined together to form Bridge Music Foundation. Our foundation will provide financial support and opportunities to talented musicians that they would likely be incapable of obtaining on their own.
I hope that you will join us in this new and exciting venture as we take the next big step in supporting musical artists.
Founder, Bridge Music Foundation