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UX for Good

27 neighbors want to raise awareness that musicians are often under-valued or poorly paid in New Orleans.

UX for Good
Suggested by UX for Good
In May 2012, leading UX designers from across the U.S. were presented two big problems facing the New Orleans music community: adapting its unique artistic mix to the digital economy and ensuring aid for the musicians who fall on hard times.

One solution designed by the UX for Good team is to pilot a "Tip the Band" campaign to raise public awareness and build support for a culture of care for musicians in the city.

Potential campaign components:

- Marketing materials in music venues (flyers, posters, coasters) that both encourage people to "Tip the Band" & promote a website with info on the broader issues facing the music community. The website can highlight resources in the community that need support.

- A way music venues can sponsor the campaign, possibly integrating "Tip the Band" into their menus and receipts

- Mobile tipping app for digital tips and to show real-time activity in music venues

We're looking for people to adopt this idea and develop a pilot program. Who's in?

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Candy Chang
lillianives
tippy tippens
Saybruh
Travis T Laurendine
M. Brosse
Elizabeth Argus
Daniel McDonald
Kaylen Eckert
Tee Parham
Dan
Alan Joseph Williams
Tanarra Schneider
Bill Arceneaux
Jason Ulaszek
Meli

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Travis T Laurendine

digitaltipjar.com was made as an extension of UX4Good by a team led by Patrick of Livemusicnola.com at codemkrs.com SUPER Challenge last weekend ... it leverages paypal to allow tips by credit card, texting, or paypal account. Allows for interaction between fan and artist (when you tip you can leave note for the band). QR codes can be hung at venues for musicians to easily allow people to find their tipping site. The team hasnt stopped working and now Jason the UX4Good Organizer is arranging for his students in Chicago to work on the UX of the app.

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Tanarra Schneider

I would love to test drive it when I'm back in Nola in March. Anything we can do to further that work would be incredible.

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Alan Joseph Williams

So awesome. Would there be any way to "concierge" prototype this in New Orleans in the meantime?

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Jason Ulaszek

These are all great strides to further support the music community in New Orleans. Personally, I'm excited to continue to see these efforts moving forward and stay connected to what seems to be an increasingly active topic and effort to focus on improving the financial viability of a city's natural resource (music).

Travis mentions my students working on the projects. There are 19 user experience design students from DePaul's masters program working on the digital extension of Tip the Band. They are partnering with both leaders and artists in the NOLA music community and the Codemkrs.com development team to further expand and bring the idea to life. This is truly an amazing experiment, and thanks for supporting this campaign.

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tippy tippens

What if the jazz & heritage foundation paid musicians an additional salary per year via grants.. 10 - 30K? How much money do they gather at jazzfest? Could jazzfest fund these grants from profits gained there?

People come to New Orleans is for its culture - music, art, food...
I have met several Danes over the years that are funded by grants from their gov. to pursue careers in music, art, & architecture, perhaps this could be a good supplement so as to not have to fully rely on tips?

For example, the first paragraph here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_...

' In Denmark, culture and the arts thrive as a result of the proportionately high amount of government funding they receive, much of which is administered by local authorities so as to involve citizens directly.[2] Thanks to a system of grants, Danish artists are able to devote themselves to their work while museums, theatres, and the film institute receive national support.[3]'

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Rob

Check out the State of New Orleans Musical Community Report from Sweet Home NOLA. Insights on the challenges to a community on the edge of poverty:

issuu.com/sweethomeneworleans/...

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UX for Good

Scott Aiges of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation says that the average musician in the area makes less than $27,000, is married, and has two or more children. The concentration of musicians can also make it harder for New Orleans performers to improve their lot.

Artists sometimes lack access to tools they could use to improve their position. And musicians are not accustomed to articulating or leveraging their own value. A musician isn’t a day laborer. To simply reach a level of competence, an artist must log thousands of hours of practice and performance.

Yes, more money in the pockets of New Orleans musicians is the first step. Then the "Tip the Band" call-to-action and campaign materials can drive awareness of the local music industry's greater needs, perhaps directing the community to support local musician programs such as:

www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org

sweethomeneworleans.org

backbeatfoundation.org

www.jazzandheritage.org

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Rob

Copper looks great if the band has a website. I think web-based tipping can help transform tipping from pocket change to a more fair way to get paid. But the online solution has to account for New Orleans unique, organic live music culture.

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Dan

One incredibly powerful online tool for tipping artists is Copper - www.copper.is/welcome ... it works with Tumblr, Vimeo, Soundcloud, YouTube ...

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