James Robert Ball

is creating Musical Theatre Academia

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I'm James, I'm a musician and a PhD student studying the work of Stephen Sondheim. It's early days yet, but I believe my research could rewrite the history books by giving us a better appreciation of the radical things Sondheim and his collaborators have been doing for the last 60 years or so.

I think it's worthwhile from an industry standpoint - we need to understand script, score, and context to truly appreciate a work of musical theatre. Some of what has been written about Sondheim's work is absolutely wrong in my opinion, so it's important to correct the narrative! I also believe it's important to interrogate Sondheim's work without idolatry, to understand these musicals better.

So that's my manifesto, the problem is my research is currently unfunded. As an interdisciplinary subject (musical theatre needs to be looked at as both music and as theatre) it's been a tough-sell to the large academic institutions. But, as a self-employed musician I can support myself outside of research hours. Patreon, then, will be a way for people like you to support me. The more I can earn from directly academic pursuits, the less I have to earn off-campus. This means I'll be more free to delve properly into the thesis.

Plus, there are some awesome things I can return to you for your support. Perhaps you're the kind of person who wants to know everything there is to know about Sondheim and musical theatre generally? I can help with that! I'll be putting out monthly videos discussing specific questions, works, or issues, for people who contribute here. I've also set up a forum which you can 'subscribe' to by supporting me, where you can discuss MT with like-minded people. If you have a bit of extra money spare, I can even give you one-on-one tuition on MT topics, repertoire advice, even singing/music lessons. Get involved!

I'm hoping you'll come join me in creating a space for discussion of Sondheim and musical theatre!
Tiers
Broadway Baby
$1 or more per month
You're a Broadway Baby, pounding 42nd street to be in a show! It's great to have you on board, it really means a lot to me.

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

Good Thing Going
$3 or more per month
It started out like a song! You're a true Sondheimite, ready to get stuck in with the online MT community!

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

Side by Side by Sondheim
$10 or more per month
You simply have to know everything there is to know, so you've signed up to receive my in-depth videos monthly!

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

- Access to Premium Videos, new ones monthly

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$50 or more per month only 10 left
This tier is for people who want one-on-one contact with me as well as all the other goodies. I can offer musical theatre advice for performers, including repertoire, singing, and acting through song. Or I can offer in-depth discussion of my research, or your own musical theatre interests. Regardless - you're awesome, and thank you so much for your generous support.

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

- Access to Premium Videos, new ones monthly

- Monthly one-on-one Skype meeting / tuition.

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When I reach $100 per month I'll add a behind-the-scenes newsletter reward!
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I'm James, I'm a musician and a PhD student studying the work of Stephen Sondheim. It's early days yet, but I believe my research could rewrite the history books by giving us a better appreciation of the radical things Sondheim and his collaborators have been doing for the last 60 years or so.

I think it's worthwhile from an industry standpoint - we need to understand script, score, and context to truly appreciate a work of musical theatre. Some of what has been written about Sondheim's work is absolutely wrong in my opinion, so it's important to correct the narrative! I also believe it's important to interrogate Sondheim's work without idolatry, to understand these musicals better.

So that's my manifesto, the problem is my research is currently unfunded. As an interdisciplinary subject (musical theatre needs to be looked at as both music and as theatre) it's been a tough-sell to the large academic institutions. But, as a self-employed musician I can support myself outside of research hours. Patreon, then, will be a way for people like you to support me. The more I can earn from directly academic pursuits, the less I have to earn off-campus. This means I'll be more free to delve properly into the thesis.

Plus, there are some awesome things I can return to you for your support. Perhaps you're the kind of person who wants to know everything there is to know about Sondheim and musical theatre generally? I can help with that! I'll be putting out monthly videos discussing specific questions, works, or issues, for people who contribute here. I've also set up a forum which you can 'subscribe' to by supporting me, where you can discuss MT with like-minded people. If you have a bit of extra money spare, I can even give you one-on-one tuition on MT topics, repertoire advice, even singing/music lessons. Get involved!

I'm hoping you'll come join me in creating a space for discussion of Sondheim and musical theatre!

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Tiers
Broadway Baby
$1 or more per month
You're a Broadway Baby, pounding 42nd street to be in a show! It's great to have you on board, it really means a lot to me.

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

Good Thing Going
$3 or more per month
It started out like a song! You're a true Sondheimite, ready to get stuck in with the online MT community!

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

Side by Side by Sondheim
$10 or more per month
You simply have to know everything there is to know, so you've signed up to receive my in-depth videos monthly!

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

- Access to Premium Videos, new ones monthly

God
$50 or more per month only 10 left
This tier is for people who want one-on-one contact with me as well as all the other goodies. I can offer musical theatre advice for performers, including repertoire, singing, and acting through song. Or I can offer in-depth discussion of my research, or your own musical theatre interests. Regardless - you're awesome, and thank you so much for your generous support.

In return for your support you'll receive:

- Thank You Message

- Monthly Newsletter

- Access to the Discord Channel

- Access to Premium Videos, new ones monthly

- Monthly one-on-one Skype meeting / tuition.