A Song A Day is a way for people to discover and converse about music from emerging and lesser-known artists that will never be on the homepage of Spotify. The idea originated from the realization that everyone wants new music, but few people want to make music discovery a routine. Launching last October, the project organically evolved into a community of 44 active curators (w/450 curator signups) and nearly 3,000 subscribers.
In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?
This opportunity will allow me to bring the vision of A Song A Day to life, building out wireframes and working remotely with a developer to build the backend database to streamline the song-sending process and scale our community of curators and listeners. It will also allow me to test monetization, making a pitch deck for sponsors and start building those relationships, while further scaling our community and improving the experience.
How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?
In 100 days, I'd be able to spec out and start building the product with a dev, while testing the business model and further scaling the community. I'd be able to build the sponsorship package and begin reaching out to potential sponsors. We're also launching a Kickstarter soon, so the focused time would allow me to work on those communications. More importantly, it'd give me the headspace and inspiration to develop new ideas for improving the experience for curators and listeners.
Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?
Most of it will be on my own, but I do hope to start working with a developer on building the backend soon.
Why should your project be chosen?
We have traction, interest, and passion. We've learned from Product Hunt success and an outpour of community support that people love A Song A Day. I've put my literal sweat and tears in this project for the past 11 months and am dying to take it to the next level. I need the room to breath and focus on it exclusively. There are so many distractions in New York, that no matter how hard you're working, it's difficult to move forward. Honestly, I need an excuse (or opportunity) to make it happen.
What does this project mean to you?
Nearly everything. A Song A Day encompasses my three biggest passions: music, community, and helping artists succeed. I've spent most of my free time on this project over the last year, trying to build it into something that will have an impact. I've scaled back at my day job to part-time and am officially stupid broke. But it's because this is my baby and something people truly believe in. I have to at least try to make it something bigger until it fails for good reason.
Why do you want to do this project?
I want to grow it into a meaningful business.
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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?
I'm originally from St. Petersburg, Florida and practically grew up on the water (a 35-foot Bertram, then a 23-foot Backcountry), so I am very comfortable on boats and can help where needed. Plus, I miss the water so much. With a background spanning PR, economic development, and digital marketing, I've worked with several early and mid-stage startups as a content marketer and community strategist. My passion for the music industry combined with my marketing skills will help this project grow.