As musician and co-founder of photography and video production company Boulder Magical media, Jamie Maynard wanted to integrate his two passions. In the spring of 2019, he opened Stone Cottage Studios in downtown Boulder to do just that.
Initially, he used the 750 square foot studio space inside a stone cottage built in the early 1920s as a place where musicians could communicate with fans through video performances and interviews. But shortly after venues closed and many musicians out of work after the pandemic began in March 2020, Stone Cottage Studios began broadcasting concerts using multiple high-definition cameras.
The studio also offered a payment model, which included virtual dating, video downloads, and more. Performers earned between $ 1,000 and $ 1,500 per performance, and in a few cases up to $ 6,000.
“We got a successful model that started supporting a team and expansion for us while still keeping the focus on revenue seeing a great source of revenue for us. [musicians], says Maynard.
With Artist Sessions, musicians could reach fans around the world while making more money than they typically did in smaller venues. Singer-songwriter Megan Burtt, for example, has asked fans in the UK and New Zealand to tune in to her livestream. Additionally, Boulder singer Sara Emmitt recorded her first solo album, Mother Medicine, at Stone Cottage Studios. Sean Kelly (the Samples), Brad Corrigan (Dispatch), Brendan James and the Gasoline Lollipops are some of the acts that have been broadcast live from space. Artists have even collaborated with the studio to create electronic press kits.
As COVID-19 restrictions relaxed and live music returned, Maynard has seen streaming numbers drop. He wanted to find a way to continue playing a role in streaming but also to participate in live events supporting local and national acts. To that end, Stone Cottage Studios has just launched their twelve week summer musical series, which features Dave Tamkin, Leah Grams Johnson, Paul Kimbiris, Pete Muller & the Kindred Souls, Antonio Lopez, Deborah Collins, SF1 and more.
Some of the show’s hybrid live / livestream shows will take place in the studio’s backyard, while others will take place at Post Brewing Company’s Velvet Elk Lounge.
“It’s a cool outdoor series that we do, so it’s pretty fun producing outside of the controlled studio space,” Maynard said.
Tickets for live shows are $ 30 and limited to fifty people, while live access is $ 15. Buyers of tickets for live shows are encouraged to bring their own seats, drinks and picnic.
The next episode of the series takes place at 6.30 p.m. Sunday July 18, with the Arkansas bluegrass / Americana act Arkansauce. For more information and a full schedule, visit Stone Cottage Studios Online.