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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Give a little bit

Pacific Rim Music Festival

This post is a bit of a tradition I've decided to carry over from my years of amateur blogging.

 

Every year (coincidentally or not coinciding with income tax time), I have made a point to highlight some of the great causes that I think deserve attention.

 

The organizations I want to share this year relate directly to the two main focuses of my current work - music and independent games.

 

Involvement in the music community is a major part of my career and my personal life. Looking back, the first great project I had the opportunity to work with was the California Pacific Rim Music Festival in their inaugural event. This past April, they held their fifth festival boasting over 30 world premiere performances. If you're in the Bay Area next year, I would definitely recommend attending.

 

This year, however, is my first year working in Canada. I decided to branch out and embrace my new community by focusing on a local project.

 

The Canadian Music Center

 

Canadian Music Centre

 

The Canadian Music Center holds Canada's largest collection of Canadian concert music. It exists to promote the works of Composers in Canada and around the world. They make available free on-loan over 20,000 scores and works of Canadian contemporary composers through its lending library. As soon as my residency comes through, I will definitely be submitting an associate's application.

 

IndieCade

 

Indicade - Independant Games Festival

 

IndieCade supports independent game development and organizes a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games. It encourages, publicizes, and cultivates innovation and artistry in interactive media, helping to create a public perception of games as rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

 

I don't think that I need to explain why I think this is awesome. To those who would argue that a festival of this nature does not work in favor of the indefinable underground culture that fosters true "indie" in indie games - I say, any support and incentive for the indie community's creative minds on a shoe string budget sounds like good news to me.

 

So, if you're ever looking for a way to give back, consider one of these dedicated organizations.

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