[APPROVED] IIMG Funding Request - September 2022

Hey everyone, greetings from IIMG, hope all of you NEARians had a great month with the market doing its own thing these days! :slightly_smiling_face:

Project Name: Indian Indie Music Guild ( Read introduction )

Project status: In progress

AstroDAO: iimg.sputnik-dao.near

We’re building IIMG to be a healthy community to nurture emerging artists. We want to educate more artists and collectors about the Web3 ecosystem and about various aspects of the independent music industry on a larger scale, and encourage them to participate in a variety of performance-oriented online and offline events and trade more NFTs on NEAR.

We’ve planned artist mental health, marketing and artist resources workshops to help emerging artists smoothly navigate their way into the industry, along with providing them with gateways into the Web3 world.


Shivang Arora : Founder/Administration ( https://www.instagram.com/shivang.wav )

Nivedita Lakra : Administration ( https://www.instagram.com/niveditalakraa )

Avanti Nagral : Jury ( https://www.instagram.com/avantinagral )

Komorebi : Jury ( https://www.instagram.com/komorebi.music )

Osho Jain : Jury ( https://www.instagram.com/oshojain_ )

We are pleased to have support from KalakendraDAO

Social Media:

Instagram: instagram.com/theiimguild

Discord : https://discord.gg/hDmwUYAU

Key Activities till date:

  1. We gave artist scholarship worth $1000 to 2 emerging Indie artists and onboarded them onto the NEAR web3 ecosystem. We will be minting more NFTs with them as they keep making more music.
  2. Offline NFT education and onboarding workshop with indie artists in New Delhi
  3. Community building activities with paid promos on Instagram, reaching 111K+ people
  4. Hosted India’s first indie metaverse open mic in collaboration with NEAR Hub and Tamago

Challenges :

In the past few months, we have onboarded 70+ new users onto NEAR. Our team learned that a majority of these users are reluctant to start their web3 journey because of a prior bad experience. We have identified these major challenges -

  1. Lack of web3 education and technical know-how in the Indian audience
  2. Scattered collectors community
  3. Inefficient web3 onboarding

How we plan to work around them :

The IIMG team will provide these new users with a comprehensive solution to these challenges by,

  1. setting up our own education wing to teach people about web3
  2. community building exercises on our Instagram page to get more collectors under the same community
  3. setting up one-on-one calls with creators/collectors ensuring a smooth web3 experience right from the start

In this post, we have added the details of our second proposal.

Requested Budget -

Artist Scholarship - Two Indie Artists to be funded for the month of September. The scholarship will be used by artists for various activities like marketing or music videos based on their needs. It will be different for each artist. We, as a guild, would just be awarding them the scholarship to recognise their talent and help them with their music. Once that is done, we’ll empower them to mint those songs and music videos as $NEAR NFTs : $1000 USD ($500 each)

IIMG education wing : $400

The education wing is our effort to build IIMG into a self-sustaining community that continues to educate and onboard artists and collectors into the NEAR web3 ecosystem.

Through this programme, we will provide in-depth courses to emerging artists about :

  • Blockchain, NFTs and Web3 (focused on the NEAR ecosystem)
  • Music production
  • Songwriting
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Music and NFT marketing
  • Instruments (guitar, piano, etc.)

and much more.

We will use the funds to hire teachers and employees. We will try our best to organise these workshops in the metaverse, and personally onboard each attendee to the web3 ecosystem.

Offline Indie Concert in New Delhi : $400

“Naayab 2.0” concert is in collaboration with an indie music community from India called Indiegasm.

Their previous event, “Nayaab 1.0” had a line-up of 12+ established musicians and a footfall of over 80 people. “Nayaab 2.0” will be a bigger festival with India’s top indie artists and a footfall of over 120 people.

“Nayaab 2.0” is scheduled for October 2022. Indiegasm has already started raising funds and preparing for the concert. The expected footfall for the indie concert Nayaab 2.0 is currently 120+ attendees. After IIMG’s sponsorship and collaboration for the concert, we are expecting about 250 attendees for the same


During this event, we will onboard all the audience members and performers into the NEAR web3 ecosystem by creating wallets for the attendees and minting NFTs for the artists.

We will also have a special set of IIMG artists performing at the event (including the winners of the IIMG scholarship in June).

The funds will be used as follows -

• Sponsorship for “Nayaab 2.0” : $200

• Wallet creation + NFT minting : $100

• NFT Rewards - Giveaways : $100

• Discord campaigns with large and active music communities of established Indian indie artists to educate and onboard musicians - Includes wallet creation for all attendees : $150

• Online event with established indie musician - Includes Web3 education for creators as well as collectors : $50

Total: $2000

Goals for the month of September and October:

  1. To fund two Indie musicians for the month of September
  2. To launch NFT projects with established artists and create wallets for their communities
  3. Successfully onboard 250 members into the NEAR web3 community through “Nayaab 2.0
  4. Establish an education wing with consistent web3 education and onboarding through a series of workshops and courses
  5. To grow the community to 2000+ members: Discord, Instagram, Twitter and Telegram
  6. Live sessions on Discord, Twitter Spaces and Instagram with established indie artists
  7. AMA sessions: 2 online sessions in September
  8. Metaverse concerts showcasing live performances by IIMG artists

Hey @shivangarora
Happy to see your submission!
Before we’ll move forward, please adjust your proposal based on the guidelines, especially:

  • Adjust your requested amount. Since your DAO is a fresh one, and it’s your first time requesting support, you can ask for $2000,
  • Please create separate topics for each project of your DAO and link them to the monthly budget here, as a budget breakdown.

Thank you in advance for cooperation.


Hi @Paul ,
Thank you so much for updating me about this. I was unaware of these pointers.
I shall make the necessary changes ASAP.

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Hi @Paul , I’ve added these topics as per your suggestion :

IIMG Artist Scholarship

IIMG Education Wing

Offline Indie Concert in New Delhi

Thank you for your guidance and support! :smile:

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Hello @shivangarora, just wanna add my personal view is that this proposal need very serious effort to be done & the report should be very detail of how the fund was used. Since it’s the first month you kick off the DAO, happy to support & looking forward to the outcome of this!


Hi @williamx , thank you so much for your support! It really means a lot to me and my team. We’ll definitely provide a detailed report of all our activites :smile:

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Happy to inform you that this proposal follows the Creatives DAO Guidelines, and it is approved by the Community Moderators.
Please create a poll on the Creatives DAO Astrodao, so the council can vote. When and if the vote of the council is ‘yes’, approach NF for your payout proposal, following this guideline: [New Process] Community Payouts.
Also, feel free to join our Discord Server to Post Your Monthly Reports and Funding Proposals for better organization.

To become more transparent in the decision making I’d like to note some highlights why your proposal has been approved:

  • organized & structured proposal according to the guidelines,
  • project focused on supporting and educating in a music field,
  • clear planned next steps affiliated with music,
  • activities focused on DAO’s growth.

Looking forward to seeing your report!


Thank you so much @Paul !
I have created the poll. :smiley:


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