Doublers Collective Stickers!

Little background: I started Doublers Collective with the help of Mike Crotty in 2010. The goal was to play a whole bunch of different instruments in a progressive jazz setting, commission and perform new music, and do performance clinics at schools. It’s such an exciting project. Find out more about Doublers Collective, including some videos visit our website:


Hot off the press – Doublers Collective stickers!

Want one of your very own? Here’s how:

1. If you donated to Doublers Collective’s first IndieGoGo campaign last year – your sticker will be in the mail in the next couple of days or if you’re local, the next time I see you in person.

2. The first 25 people to contact Doublers Collective through the website will get one for free. Go to – clink on the Contact tab and fill out the form. Hurry, because they will be going fast!

3. Donate! Make a minimum donation of $5 and I will send you a sticker as a thank you! Go to for more info.

4. Come to a live show! We will have them to hand out!

Thank you for supporting Doublers Collective!

JEN and NASA Conferences

Happy Belated New Year !

I spent the first part of 2012 at the JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. It was really nice to be back in Louisville (I was there as part of my SURDNA fellowship in the summer of 2010). The conference was 5 days of incredible jazz performances by musicians of all ages, clinics about all things related to jazz, and a really great hang. It’s so much fun to see friends again from all over the world. It was truly an amazing way to start off the new year and I was honored to be a part of it.

If you’d like to read more about my experiences, check out the JEN HIGHLIGHTS blog posts that I’m posting on my BLOG.

Then there’s the NORTH AMERICAN SAXOPHONE ALLIANCE Bi-Annual Conference that’s coming up in March. I put in two proposals for the conference and both of them were accepted. Doublers Collective will be performing and I’ll be hosting a panel discussion titled Self-Promotion, Social Media, and Fundraising – An Overview of Using The Internet to Further Your Career with 3 amazing saxophonists: Greg Fishman, Doron Orenstein and Hart Linker. I’m really excited about both of these and the whole conference! I’ll make sure to let you know how it goes!

Doublers Collective IndieGoGo Funding

Copyright © 2011

From Monica Shriver, the founder and director of Doublers Collective




Doublers Collective is trying to raise some money. Wanna know why?

This whole fundraising idea may seem a little out of the ordinary to a lot of people. Truthfully it’s all new to me too. I thought I would take a moment and share with you how I ended up reaching the point where I would ask my friends, family, (and perfect strangers!) for money…

I first stumbled upon the concept of “crowd funding” by accident about a year ago. I had just joined twitter and was following a few musicians. One of them was Jason Parker, @1workinmusician. He had tweeted about his Kickstarter campaign. I was curious and so I listened to his playing, read about the musicians he was working with, read his blog and decided to donate. He met his goal and successfully produced a really great CD. I felt like this was such a fantastic way to do things – a bunch of people giving just a little money, coming together to make a huge difference. Plus donations are tax-deductible, which benefits everyone involved!

Shortly thereafter, I attended a social media panel discussion while at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans. Again, this idea of crowd funding was covered. Things were evolving before my very eyes. I started seeing Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns popping up all over Twitter and Facebook. Of course, at this point, Doublers Collective was a concept. I had a vision and an idea, but I didn’t know how it was going to evolve. I had Fractured Atlas as a resource and I started learning as much a I could about fundraising, business, and social media. When IndieGoGo partnered with Fractured Atlas and waived their fees for sponsored projects, I knew I had to give it a try.

Now I’ve been trying to apply what I have learned to raise money for Doublers Collective. I know that $15,000 sounds like a lot of money, but if you look at the breakdown, I have specific goals for the money. Most of the money is designated for commissions. This is putting money back into the music community and giving some amazing composers a chance to write for something unique and completely different. When Doublers Collective has a decent sized book, we can put on more concerts and clinics, thus providing exposure for those amazing writers and a really interesting concert experience for the audience!

Here’s the breakdown of how we will use the $15000 we raise:

  • $10,000 to cover the cost to commission 8-10 pieces of new music.
  • $2500 to cover costs related to the recording and release our CD of commissioned works including licensing fees, studio time, CD distribution, etc.
  • $750 to cover expenses related to the premiere of 2- 3 commissioned works for Doublers Collective at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Arizona State University in March 2012.
  • $750 to cover renting a performance space and paying Doublers Collective musicians to give a premiere concert of the commissioned pieces in Phoenix, AZ.
  • $1000 to use as prize money for a student writing competition. Two of the top original compositions will each receive $500.

So, you’re probably wondering what happens if we don’t raise the full $15,000. Well, we do still get to keep the money we do raise. (We opted for the “flexible funding” from IndeiGoGo.) Whatever we do raise will go towards commissions. That’s our first priority.

Now, I’m not just expecting people to hand me money without justification of my hard work. So here’s what we’ve done to help move things along as well:

  • Mike Crotty has donated music that he previously wrote for the sax section of the Airmen of Note, and the arrangements for woodwind ensemble. He has also done two additional arrangements specifically for Doublers Collective and donated them. This is truly amazing and we are so grateful for Mike, because without him, we wouldn’t have anything to play.
  • Mike Crotty and I have connected with incredible writers from all over the world and secured their interest in the project. These guys are simply waiting for the green light – as soon as we tell them we have secured funding, they will write us a piece.
  • I am working on two arrangements of my own for Doublers Collective, with the guidance of Mike Crotty.
  • The members of Doublers Collective have rehearsed for FREE for the last year.
  • We have performed two concerts in the last 6 months, one which you can view on our Media page. We have an awesome show booked at Sacred Grounds for Feb. 23rd
  • I have applied for grants to commission music for Doublers Collective and will continue to do so.
  • I wrote a proposal for Doublers Collective to premiere works at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in March 2012.

We really need YOUR help. If you’re interested in helping Doublers Collective raise money you can donate online at now thru 12/31/11.

If you would rather send me a check, please follow these guidelines:
1. Make the check payable to “Fractured Atlas” (This is very important. If it is made out to anything else, it won’t be processed.)
2. In the Memo line write “Monica Shriver – DC” that way I know the money is intended to be used for Doublers Collective.
3. Send it to Monica Shriver, 902 W. Topeka Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85027

New Videos

Here’s some videos of me playing in Doublers Collective last Wednesday. Enjoy!

Segment by Charlie Parker, arranged for Saxophone Quintet by Mike Crotty

Doublers Collective Live at Phoenix College Nov. 30, 2011

-Mike Crotty – Soprano and Alto Sax (Solo)
-Elliot Ventimiglia – Alto Sax
-Adam Roberts – Tenor Sax
-Monica Shriver – Tenor Sax
-Paul Brewer – Bari Sax

Jordu by Duke Jordan, arranged for Woodwind Quintet by Mike Crotty

Doublers Collective Live at Phoenix College Nov. 30, 2011

-Mike Crotty – Flute
-Elliot Ventimiglia – Clarinet
-Adam Roberts – Clarinet
-Monica Shriver – Flute
-Paul Brewer – Bass Clarinet

Homer Takes a Holiday (based on the Theme from the Simpsons, by Danny Elfman) arranged by Mike Crotty

Doublers Collective Live at Phoenix College Nov. 30, 2011

-Mike Crotty – Sopranino Sax, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Flute, Bass Flute, Clarinet
-Elliot Ventimiglia – Alto Sax and Clarinet (Solo)
-Adam Roberts – Tenor Sax, Flute and Clarinet (Solo)
-Monica Shriver – Piccolo, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax and Tenor Sax
-Paul Brewer – Bari Sax, Bass Sax, and Bass Clarinet

November is an exciting month!

During the month of November, Doublers Collective is celebrating. We survived our first year! We have so much for going us right now. We have amazing, dedicated musicians. We have clinics and performances lined up for 2012. We have some of the most talented jazz writers in the world ready to compose a new piece of music for us. What we need is some additional funding. YOU can help! Can you donate $5? $10? $25? Anything that you can give will help. Every dollar adds up and your money will be put to good use. Go to and donate today. It’s safe, easy, and only takes a couple of minutes. Then tell all your friends via the Facebook and Twitter share buttons. Together we make a difference and get new and interesting music created and performed.


Doublers Collective

Almost a year ago I put together my own group, for the first time in my career. It’s been a huge learning experience for me, one I’m enjoying every step of the way. Doing something new is both scary and exciting. Luckily, I have had some fantastic help along the way. Below is some more information about Doublers Collective and there’s a lot more on the horizon!

Check out my September 19, 2011 interview about Doublers Collective:

Episode 41: Seeing Double (Monica Shriver, saxophone) | | Train Wreck in Progress Podcast


See that IndieGoGo widget on your left about Doublers Collective needing music? We need YOUR help!! We are raising $15,000 to commission new works from some amazing writers. Please visit our IndieGoGo Campaign Page and donate today!


SAVE THE DATE: Doublers Collective will be performing at Sacred Grounds on Thursday Feb, 23, 2012