Bay Area Pilot

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This pilot program seeks to foster an artist-centric cooperative model where both label and artist work closely to achieve the artist’s goals. We seek to support artists in their creative process as well as promoting their final product. We facilitate a support network of selected artists to provide guidance and feedback to each other throughout the process. Decidedly anti-disciplinary, we are a collective of open-minded listeners who welcome all kinds of musical expression.

We frame our work with a focus on racial equity and include within that scope, but not limited to, diverse gender identities, musical languages and styles, genres, ages, abilities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and the many definitions of being “American.”


We will hold a virtual info session for this program Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 4pm CDT

This info session for Innova’s Bay Area Pilot program is for anyone who may be curious about this program and its mission, applying to the program, Innova’s curatorial process, and even the process of recording and releasing music in general. Register HERE


Whether you have a fully finished album or even demo tracks, APPLY HERE and tell us about your project. Applications will be accepted March 16 through April 16. There is no cost to apply.


This pilot program is open to Bay Area artists (based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties)

Lead artists may be creators, performers, individuals or groups.

Recordings are of recently-created, original music. 



The following services are provided at no cost to artists


You own what you make. You keep 100% of the sales profits. 


Your music worldwide, on all streaming services and available for download. Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Youtube, etc. via Naxos Distribution


We’ll work with you to get the word out about your project on our social media as well as guide you in promoting yourself on social media and beyond. 


In addition to you keeping the rights and income, we’ll help negotiate licensing opportunities when they come through our door to put your music in Film, TV, and Commercials. Artists receive an upfront, equitable cut of the licensing fee and keep the intellectual property going forward.


We facilitate conversations between our selected artists to form a supportive community to guide each other through the process.



We will also connect artists to partner organizations offering the following services: 


Connect you with recording studios to offer recording space and expertise.


Assist you in finding engineers who can provide mixing and mastering assistance.


Engage PR professionals who can provide long-term traditional marketing campaigns


Everything from cover art design to multimedia content. Through our network we can connect you with designers to supply complimentary art to your project. 


We offer assistance in getting CDs and Vinyl manufactured at discounted rates and distributed to physical retail



Van-Anh Vanessa Vo

“To say Võ is making a splash is an understatement. Her compositions’ rippling blend of musical genres and music played on her native country's instruments and often sung with her luminous vocals, have mesmerized musicians and audiences alike.” — San Francisco Classical Voice

While Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists, she revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet. 

Sahba Aminikia

Sahba Aminikia is a San Francisco-based composer, musically exploring the dichotomy of light and dark. Trained classically and influenced globally, Aminikia’s work has been widely performed around the world and commissioned by theatre troops, contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups as well as jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio and Living Earth Show. He has recently been the artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival 2017, an annual festival held by legendary Kronos Quartet at San Francisco SFJAZZ throughout which ten of his works including four new pieces were performed. Aminikia is also the Artistic Director for Flying Carpet Festival, a mobile music festival which serves children in need in war zones. He also serves as the Musical Director for Sirkhane, a non-profit organization based in Mardin, Southern Turkey which serves around 400,000 children through circus arts and music.

Alejandro T. Acierto

alejandro t. acierto is an artist, musician, and curator whose work is largely informed by legacies of colonialism found within human relationships to technology and material cultures. He has shown, performed, and screened work internationally and received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was an inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.  Currently, he is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media at Vanderbilt University. 

Marshall Trammell

Marshall Trammell is a self-styled Music Research Strategist, percussionist, conductor and archivist, based in Oakland, CA. He is known for his past work with Black Spirituals and Mutual Aid Project and current bands In Defense of Memory and White People KIlled Them:  the Community Self-Defense ArchiVerse; and solo Creative Music projects.

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill is a pianist who has commissioned over sixty new works from composers including Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Roscoe Mitchell, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Mary Watkins, and Annea Lockwood.  She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF).  She also hosts a weekly radio show on KALW in San Francisco and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.