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Summer So Far…

As you might have noticed, we’ve taken a little break from recording our forthcoming youth financial education album to play a few exciting shows in various places this summer.

First, we played at Capitol Kids and Dreambank on the capitol square in Madison as part of the first Make Music Madison, a city-wide celebration of music. We played a special set of kids music, including new songs we’ve been recording.

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A few weeks later, we traveled to West Yellowstone in Montana to play at the Mountain Regional Credit Union Roundtable. We performed our “Credit Unions Rock! Getting in Tune with our Roots and Philosophy” education session for attendees and played some music after dinner at the historic Union Pacific Dining Hall. Combining some of the best acoustics we’ve heard in the hall with a great group made it an awesome experience.

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We also were invited to perform at the fundraiser for CUNA Management School in Madison, which was a lot of fun. As a bonus, they gave us some glow bracelets and necklaces while we were performing. Also for the first time in the band’s history, Chad played electric guitar live.

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Now the rest of our forthcoming album beckons, which we are looking forward to finishing writing and recording. All in all, we’re having a blast this summer and hope you are too!

The Disclosures to Perform at Mountain Regional Credit Union Roundtable

Mountain Regional Credit Union Roundtable

We are pleased to announce that The Disclosures will be performing at the upcoming Mountain Regional Credit Union Roundtable taking place in beautiful West Yellowstone, Montana on July 9-11, 2013.

The event was developed for senior credit union management and board members from the following states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah.

On July 9th, we’ll be performing our music-driven “Credit Unions Rock! Getting in Tune with our Roots and Philosophy” session for attendees, which has been described as a credit union version of “VH1 Storytellers.” After dinner, The Disclosures will be the evening’s entertainment at the historic Union Pacific Dining Hall.

Hope to see you there!

> Click here for more information on the event

The Disclosures to Perform New Kids Set for Make Music Madison

makemusicmadisonlogoWe are excited to announce that The Disclosures are performing as part of the 1st Make Music Madison on June 21, 2013!

First, what is Make Music Madison?

On Friday, June 21, music will be popping up all over Madison, in likely and unlikely places, to create one huge city-wide celebration of community.  From 10am until 9pm, there will be 270 free performances.  All types of music and all skill levels of local musicians will appear in parks, in front of libraries and fire stations, floating down the Yahara River, in front of the Children’s Museum, at Bernie’s Beach, and at one hundred other locations.  Listings of all performances now are available at our interactive map at makemusicmadison.org, and soon will appear in Isthmus and on our Smartphone apps.  Join in for the fun. 

We’ll be performing an all-new set of our fun youth financial education songs from our forthcoming album, along with a few other kids classics. Madisonians have the chance to catch the set twice on the square:

4:00 – 5:00 PM Capitol Kids – 8 N. Caroll St.
5:00 – 6:00 PM DreamBank – One North Pinckney

See you there!

The Disclosures on CUBroadcast

The Disclosures were lucky enough to chat with Mike Lawson at CUBroadcast recently to play our new youth financial education song “Thank My Piggy Bank,” talk about our new kids music and much more. Enjoy the interview!

Madison Music Duo Releases “Thank My Piggy Bank” – New Youth Financial Ed Song & Video

Song is first single from forthcoming financial ed album for kids

Kicking off National Financial Literacy Month, The Disclosures – the Madison-based “musicians with a mission” – have released a new song and music video for kids called “Thank My Piggy Bank”, which introduces basic concepts of saving. This is the first single from The Disclosures’ forthcoming untitled financial education album for kids due to be released later this year.

“Thank My Piggy Bank” is available on most digital music stores including iTunes, Amazon, and CDbaby. The video is available for viewing and embedding on YouTube here.

“Our rock song breaks new ground combining music and humor to teach kids important lessons about money, savings and responsible spending,” said Disclosures band member Chad Helminak.

“It’s not just a song, it’s a teaching tool,” said Disclosure Christopher Morris. “Organizations can use the video for educational social media content and parents can download the song and watch the video with their kids.”

Since the release of their first album in 2011 entitled “(Hey, We’re) The Disclosures” – comprised of songs that focus on credit union history and philosophy – Christopher and Chad have presented highly-rated education sessions and music performances to credit unions, chapters, trade associations and vendors across the nation.

For their next project, The Disclosures have decided to go in a new direction and address a problem that continues to affect almost all consumers – personal finance.

Chad and Christopher work closely with a lot of financial education resources and realize the importance of teaching kids how to responsibly handle their finances. “Thank My Piggy Bank” is the first single from their next album, which they are currently recording. The pop/rock album – due to release in late 2013 – will be entirely focused on youth financial education, the first of its kind.

“Thank My Piggy Bank” was written and performed by The Disclosures and mixed and mastered by Morriss Partee/Squirrel Trench Audio. Video was directed by The Disclosures. Song lyrics are available here.

Connect with The Disclosures on Facebook to get the latest news about the band and their efforts to raise awareness of the need for youth financial education.

About the band: Christopher Morris and Chad Helminak are musicians with a mission based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Outside of their day jobs, they moonlight as the music duo “The Disclosures” and write songs and perform presentations about the importance of financial literacy and social responsibility. To learn more, visit thedisclosuresmusic.com.

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Pictures from CUNA GAC Shows

We had such a great time playing in Washington, DC last week at a few events related to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). At both shows, we talked about our unique history as a “credit union” band and played a few songs. We also decided at the last minute to unveil a new song (“Thank My Piggy Bank”) from our forthcoming youth financial education album we are currently recording and the response was incredible! It makes us really excited at the new direction we are focused on. We can’t wait to release the album later this year!

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The first show we played was at Clyde’s of Gallery Place for the Tom Connors Memorial Luncheon. This is a special event for alumni of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training Program and we were humbled to be on the agenda for the event. The band met at DE Training in 2009 and is a major reason why we’ve chosen (and been inspired) to write and perform songs about financial literacy, cooperatives and credit unions.

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We also played at the Friends of the Foundation reception, a private reception held prior to the National Credit Union Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. As you can see by the pictures, it was a formal event and we were so honored to be asked to perform and tell our story!

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The Disclosures to Perform at CUNA GAC Related Events

The Disclosures are pleased to announce that they’ll be in Washington, DC for the upcoming Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) and performing at two separate private events related to the conference.

First, the band will be at Clydes of Gallery Place on Saturday, February 23 for the Tom Connors Memorial Luncheon. Chad and Christopher will be performing a few songs and sharing their unique story at the special luncheon for Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training alumni. Click here for registration information.

On Monday, February 25, The Disclosures will be performing a few songs at the Friends of the Foundation Reception prior to the National Credit Union Foundation Dinner presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at the Grand Hyatt. This is an invitation-only reception for Foundation supporters.

Hope to see you at one of the events! Otherwise we are looking forward to meeting you at the conference!

Live from Estes Park – New Video

Chris and Chad perform the “Theme Song from Estes Park”, which was a song originally performed at Estes Park, CO in 1934 as part of the infamous credit union meeting that sparked the national credit union system.

More information about the songs sung at Estes Park with lyrics can be found here.

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A few pictures from our session at Estes Park, Colorado for a pre-conference event at the CUNA Community Credit Union & Growth Conference. Video to come soon!

The Disclosures to Rock Estes Park at CUNA Community CU & Growth Conference

The Disclosures are proud to announce that we will be performing at the famed Estes Park location as part of a pre-conference event for CUNA’s Community Credit Union & Growth Conference!

Estes Park is one of the most famous places in credit union history. It was a historic summit where nearly 100 credit union leaders met in 1934 after President Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) was formed at that meeting as well as the seeds for CUNA Mutual Group. In a letter to Edward Filene before the famous meeting, Roy Bergengren “I sincerely believe that what we are going to do at Estes Park will have extraordinary consequences.”

Aside from taking a tour of the nearby Stanley Hotel made famous from Stephen King’s The Shining, the pre-conference event will include an interesting tour of Estes Park focusing on the famous 1934 meeting. The tour will include a stop at the Estes Park Museum where we will learn about credit union history and see items from the founding of CUNA. We will take a group photo, restaging the historic Estes Park group picture (shown above).

After the tour, The Disclosures we’ll be performing a special “Estes Park Edition” of our Credit Unions Rock! Getting in Tune with our Roots and Philosophy education session.

Here are the session details: Revisit your credit union roots as The Disclosures provide a musically-driven overview of the origin of credit unions, their expansion across America and the cooperative principles they were founded on. In this one-of-a-kind musical session, you’ll learn about how it all began right in Estes Park, the site of the organization of CUNA. For the first time ever, hear The Disclosures perform a few of the songs from that historic moment in credit union history. This session is like a credit union version of “VH1 Storytellers.” As Christopher and Chad discuss, these topics are more relevant than ever to credit union staff, boards and members alike.

Hope to see you there!

> Click Here for More Information on the Event & Registration

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