Natalie's music for DV-healing care fund
$690 raised
46% of $1.5k goal
15 contributors
74 Weeks running
I'M A SURVIVOR! I need to make music again as a tool to heal from domestic rape/abuse and reclaim my music career. Thank you for your support.

I've recorded three albums, been commissioned to compose original music for vloggers, product launches and weddings and I've been a demo vocalist, but I didn't join the musicians union or get paid scale wages until I dated an abusive controlling sound engineer in LA.  The only union scale money I made or industry gigs I got were through him. I sang for producers like Matthew Gerrard who wrote songs for Kelly Clarkson, and companies like Disney and Nickelodeon.  Leaving him was hard, and it's painful to listen to the most impressive parts of my resume because those jobs are linked to my abuse and disappeared when I fled.  It's tough to miss days full of real industry gigs that validated me as a working musician but that included domestic rape that night. He was good at subtly making sure I didn't have my own set up to strengthen my dependence on him.  Now I don't have the gear to record my voice and when people ask me to sing on a project I have to pass.   

I spent the last three years processing what happened me, naming it, building back up my credit after it was trashed from unpaid hospital bills trying to get financially reimbursed by domestic violence victim support organizations, and now I'm in Ohio in cosmetology school…living in a basement on a fixed income.  

I've always had music to get me through tough times, but when your trauma is linked to music it's painful to get back on the horse.  I think I'm ready,  but I won't be employed  for at least another year… I would love to start my career again on my own terms. With your help. 

i need an SM7B microphone, a portable interface like Apogee Duet plus a few misc items.

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