Eastman / ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD FAQ

Launchpad by ArtistShare®

Who may apply?
Current Eastman students who are enrolled full-time in an Eastman degree program and Eastman alumni may apply.
When is the application deadline?
Annually on October 1.
How many Eastman/ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD participants will be chosen?
We expect to choose five student and five alumni winners annually.
What does it mean for me to be selected as an Eastman/ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD participant?
Your project will be prominently featured on the Eastman/ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD Partner Projects page and will receive the endorsement of the Eastman School of Music.
What benefits will the Eastman/ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD participant receive?
  • Promotion and support of their creative projects through the network of ArtistShare fans and through Eastman’s publications and website.
  • When the project reaches its target, LAUNCHPAD will pay 1% of the total contributions collected back to your project because of your endorsement by Eastman.
What responsibilities will the Eastman/ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD participant have?
  • Create and launch your project within the proposed timeline on the ArtistShare® LAUNCHPAD Creator’s Guide
  • Acknowledge Eastman on all project publications (language provided)
  • Provide an article/summary of your Eastman/ArtistShare® project at its conclusion for publication on the Eastman website or other Eastman publication
What is a “Project”?
  • Any creative endeavor where there is a clear end result and a creative process that can be followed by fans. The qualities and indicators of success we look for in a project are:
    • Musical excellence (all genres welcome)
    • An inspired project concept/artistic mission
    • Potential storylines for fan-engagement that could be drawn from the concept
    • The style, effort and modes of fan interaction employed currently by the artist
  • Please visit the Featured Projects page or Partner Projects page on the LAUNCHPAD website to explore projects
What are the steps in developing and launching a Project?
What resources are provided to me as part of my award as I develop my project?
What other services may I purchase?
  • Additional promotional, publicity, and consultation services through ArtistShare®
  • Professional video and audio production services
  • Recording services at student rates for onsite audio and video through Eastman Technology and Media Production department
What is the project timeline?
  • From 6-10 months
Who should I ask if I have additional questions?
Visit the Institute for Music Leadership Office (Miller Center First Floor, near the bookstore) or contact us at 484-274-1113 or iml@esm.rochester.edu.