"EBASS: Revitalizing A Community of Songwriters"

Red Line Roots | Brian Carroll | December 15, 2015


"Last week I walked into Hailey Magee's house with a camera, some recording equipment and offered to shoot live, one-take videos for a collection of 9 up and coming Boston area songwriters for a fraction of what I would normally charge for something like that....Community building is at the heart and what is important....There is hope and people trying to make a difference. One of those folks is Hailey Magee and just a year into establishing EBASS (Emerging Boston Area Singer Songwriters) she has created a safe place and community for those folks looking for it.

Original music and lyrics by Sophie Kohn. Video shot by Brian Carroll.

Magee says that she noticed the chasm between emerging local artists and “established” performers in Boston. Talented emerging musicians had difficulty booking gigs, promoting shows, collaborating with others, and developing strong audiences because, as newcomers to the city scene, they didn’t have the resources they needed. Hoping to break down the barriers that separated new and established artists, she created a Facebook group which soon erupted into having over 500 members and garnering the attention of 20 community partnerships...

In a short time there has been much movement and an evolution with the collective of songwriters with Magee at the forefront. When asked about the progress and growth of the group she remarks, “I feel so, so good about EBASS, and ridiculously lucky to work with all of our partners who have helped get EBASS off the ground. We’ve gone from 100 to 500 members in six months, held over 15 events, and are starting an open mic in January. We’ve even received funds from donors who think we’re on the right track. The driving factor is really the need, in this community, for a community that acknowledges, respects, and books emerging talent, resources notwithstanding. Every EBASS member can relate to that need, and they’ve been amazing in helping make it a reality....”

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