HomeTownHeroes DAO (HTH DAO) aims to become one of the first blockchain empowered multi-media outlets on Harmony. We are not just in the business of media or entertainment; we are a lifestyle brand in the business of community connection and extension. We have built a strong community with people who align with our vision of building an ecosystem where everyone is seen, heard, and accurately represented. We set out to define a prosperous way of living through music NFTs, objective journalism, blockchain technology, education, and charitable events. With an emphasis on entrepreneurship-- our core values are deeply rooted in truth, kindness, and justice.
In part, our mission is to be a trusted source of information for groups that are traditionally marginalized. We support those that are unaware of new technological advancements – underpaid or undervalued for their intellectual property – and unfamiliar with the concept of true ownership. We hold that these groups deserve accurate representation and a fair shot at success in the Web3 sector. We believe with the backing of Harmony.one this objective is achievable. We desire to partner with organizations (with current support from Rocky Mountain Public Media, Ethereum Foundation, Gary Community Ventures, and countless other community members and organizations) to help inform the public about the social benefits of NFTs and blockchain technology. We are particularly passionate about educating BIPOC individuals and organizations while supporting all youth.
We also want to support digital artists, musicians and content creators, by deploying their work in the Metaverse and giving them web3 exposure. We want to educate artists about NFTs and help them to prosper on the Harmony blockchain. We want these artists played—and paid!
We will continue to research more sophisticated methods and skills of deployment in order to build a sustainable multi-media outlet with valuable resources and community personnel. We desire to teach what we have learned to the members of our DAO and other interested parties. We will also continue to onboard other organizations and help them with setting up wallets, creating a DAO, minting NFTs, showing ways to use discord and twitter spaces to set up livestreams and much more.
We are currently creating and actively participating in the ETHDenver Virtual Hack-a-thon to create a Music NFT playlist, featuring five Colorado independent artists to create a revenue stream shared between our treasury, holders, and the artists. We will educate organizations about the Web3/NFT space, while exposing them to the various ways of creating revenue and utility using NFTs and blockchain technology. We will educate our community and the public about DAO formation and the benefits of DAO governance, and onboard them to Harmony.
Our workshops will be free and provide a plethora of educational resources for local organizations and community members, as well as those interested outside of our Colorado community. We are also available for larger organizations at a cost, and that money will go to the treasury.
HTH DAO believes that Harmony’s blockchain technology will accelerate a positive change to the media industry, music industry, and underprivileged communities. We want to give artists and individuals a fair chance in Web3. We are passionate about changing the world through this technology, and we can’t help but to advocate for the adoption of blockchain technologies.
HTH DAO is a multi-platform lifestyle brand that provides a voice for new and independent music and popular culture with a focus around growth, awareness and opportunities for diverse music communities through advocacy, education and community engagement
HTH DAO is committed to protecting the integrity of Colorado’s urban music scene through developing relevant influences and contributions while supporting significant impacts on the fabric of Colorado’s music culture.
· Awareness – raise awareness for causes, partner with organizations and artists that want a fair shot at success and want to participate in the building of Web3.
· Onboarding - produce NFT collections that generate funding, DAO formation coaching and uploading content to web3.
· Empowerment - learn and teach the various ways to get involved in Web3.
Proof of Concept
Leading up, and during ETHDenver 2022, we exhibited the power of our mission, and showed proof of concept in these ways:
As stated before, we are developing and hacking an innovative audio NFT at ETHDenver’s virtual hack-a-thon. This NFT will feature a playlist of new songs from Colorado independent artists. We’re anticipating using this NFT in multiple ways: to educate and engage historically marginalized audiences about cryptocurrency and crypto philanthropy, to experiment with new audience outreach and membership models, and to find alternative, direct shared music licensing options for independent artists.
To the best of our knowledge, this is a first-of-its-kind project for public media.
“The Revolution will be Digitized” Web3/NFT course at University of Colorado Denver.
We facilitated a class on Web 3.0 and NFTs on Feb. 7th & 9th 2022. After our course we had students submit review papers from the course, here is what some of the students wrote
Onboarding and spearheading Rocky Mountain Public Media’s Web3 campaign and helping them become the first public media organization to accept donations in cryptocurrency, (via the Giving Block)
which will revolutionize membership and accessibility.
Voicing our commitment to supporting communities with education and ways to participate in the crypto space – particularly Black communities and others who have been historically ostracized – as well as paving the way to prepare for the future of public media.
Larger organizations will hire us to onboard and educate their staff and communities.
Web2 artists, creators and traditional organizations will be curious about DAO governance and blockchain technology.
Independent musicians and artists will partner with us to create and deploy their music NFTs to the metaverse and other marketplaces for exposure.
We spoke with digital artists, musicians and media personnel at ETHDenver and received passionate and joyous responses about developing audio NFT playlists and educating under-served audiences about web3.
Deliverables - by July 1, 2022
Awareness – Facilitate four educational onboarding workshop sessions for community members and small organizations, set a date and location for each of these events.
Onboarding - Do two music showcases supporting web2 and web3 musicians and help people in attendance to set up metamask. Educate the public about the Web3 paradigm change.
Roadmap - Schedule a workshop every two weeks on Saturday mornings. Book teams of three for each event. Go down, set up, educate.
Skills - Purchase podcast equipment, mics, interfaces, headphones, and mixer.
Roadmap - Connect with local media organizations that I know for advice and connect with creators and collectors.
Metrics- We will utilize social media and a physical sign-in sheets to track engagements
Awareness - Maintain a narrative to document the process, what issues are important to us, which orgs we have contacted and with whom we have partnered. Track questions, concerns and feedback.
Onboarding – ENS or Unstoppable Domain name for HTH DAO. Track how many people we speak with, their questions, concerns and feedback. Track number of metamask wallet setups.
Social - We will establish metrics around social media engagement.
Board of Governors
Maleman Dotson ~ (Media Personality, musician, educator, philanthropist)
Christian Owens ~ (developer, musician, manager)
Dayvaughn Mays~ (Developer, advisor, educator, strategist)
Jairon Jackson - (Musician, mentor, strategist)
Ridha Elmugtaba ~ (Smart contract developer, advisor, educator, NFT buff)
Kenya Johnson ~ (agent of change, digital artist, musician, entrepreneur)
Kenny Weeks ~ (Web3 community manager, advisor)
Cheryl Porter ~ (Social media manager, event coordinator, educator)
Gerald Ponder ~ (humanitarian, environmentalist, advisor, entrepreneur)
A native of Colorado and raised in Montbello, Maleman grew up loving to rap and listen to Hip Hop. To date, Maleman is a very well-known artist and performer, who has collaborated with Cassidy, Kat Graham, Duane DaRock, Trev Rich and Big Sean. His work can be found on most major streaming services. Inspired by Sway Calloway and Big Tigger, Maleman found his love for Hip Hop and Urban format music stations. From a young age, Maleman had a very strong fascination for radio and understood the value of education. So much so, he’s an MSU Denver Grad of Broadcasting and Music Journalism. Catch Maleman Live on THE DROP Mon-Fri Midnight to 3 am and Saturday’s Noon to 3pm. In his personal life, Maleman is active in our community as well as various charities. CEO of lifestyle brand HTH, Maleman wishes to define a way of life that promotes creativity, spirituality, and healthy ways of thinking; through music, fashion and charitable works.
Christian is a General Manager and musician with a goal of defining a balanced way of living through music, creativity, fashion and charitable events. He’s highly involved with the community and has organized several food drives. Christian is an NFT enthusiast and believes in the future of web3 technology.
Dayvaughn is a community activist and poet writing books about ethics, street life and giving poetic inspiration for all ages. He is a radio panelist on Debate Talk 4 U and the Solarvision Debate League platforms teaching and debating religious topics. He currently has over 25 books including the book series “The False Fulfillment Citation series”. Dayvaughn can be found on twitter, facebook and instagram and his email address email@example.com.
Jairon Jackson is a new generation R&B singer. He loves to keep a soulful feel to his lyrics while singing those lyrics to a new generation instrumental. He calls it Neo R&B. He also aims to keep a relationship to 90’s R&B in his music to keep people emotionally connected to music, as they were in the past. Jairon started singing when he was six years young. After landing his first solo in the church choir, He always knew that singing was his path. Hard work and great work ethics guided him to be the artist he has become today. In 2012, Jairon featured on season 11 of American Idol. He sang an original song called “So Hard” which sent him to top 50 of the competition. In 2015, Jairon appeared on Showtime at the Apollo in New York. Jairon won first place in two of the amateur nights that he competed in. Since Jairon’s appearance on Apollo, he has been focusing on his solo career. In 2016 he dropped his debut single “All Day”. Since his debut release, Jairon has been dropping single after single. It seems that everything he touches is golden because his fans continue to ask for more and more. Critics say, “It won’t be long before he is on the billboards”.
Ridha is a world class bilingual web3 developer, NFT buffs, audio engineer, producer, graphic designer, artist, video editor and director. He’s worked at worldwide brands such as Capital Records, Atlantic, Warner along with many indie labels. Artist Credits include Future, Moneyman, Maleman, Jairon Jackson, The Superstars, Jim Jones, currently specializing in Web3 education, multi-media productions and social media promotions.
Kenya is a digital artist, fashion designer, dancer and entrepreneur. Her goal is to put the “fun” in functional fashion. She designs clothing everyone can enjoy and love so that they can focus on looking and feeling great!
Kenny is a mentor, educator, and the Community Manager for HTH DAO. He has experience leading both educational and entrepreneurial workshops. Kenny values his family and the mission of decentralization.
Cheryl Porter is an educator with more than 25 years of experience. She’s the longest active paraprofessional at Denver Public Schools and has helped countless students gain adequate life and leadership skills.
Gerald is a humanitarian, ecologist, entrepreneur, and a lover of life. Highly revered in Community leadership Gerald is always seeking truth and knowledge.
We are requesting a Harmony DAO bootstrap grant for 75K.
|4 RODE usb microphones||2400|
|2 wireless lavalier mics||450|
|Four ring lights||600|
|iPad, broadcasting accessories and software, tripod, etc…||9000|
|Miscellaneous – sound proofer, tape, printed materials…||500|
|Start-up organizing and tasks, DAO governance and voting, finding partner orgs, research and equipment purchase, socials, planning actions, planning education events|
|2 persons for 3 months||24,000|
|Community manager focused on recruiting, engagement, and empowerment for DAO members|
|1 person for 3 months||12,000|
|Assorted tasks around setting up, maintaining and promoting the DAO mandates, max 10 hours/week||11,400|
|Education and community events|
|Costs for expert, venues and refreshments, 2 skills workshops in 3 months||3200|
|Costs for venues and refreshments, 2 meetups in 3 months||1200|
|10% safety net||7,500|
Mint and sell NFTs
Paid gigs for larger organizations
Seek funding from Gary Community Ventures, and similar foundations
At ETHDenver we onboarded new DAO members to Telegram
Discord is being set up and we will migrate over in the coming weeks
Resources - connect for guidance, workshops, space, partnerships
Gitcoin - working with partners, effective community governance
IRL Underground - meet-up/workshop event space
The Culture Museum - make art, meet-up/workshop event space
Buell Media Center - Home to Rocky Mountain PBS, KUVOJazz 89.3FM THE DROP 104.7FM - workshops, onboarding- broadcastin
THE DROP 104.7FM - Urban Alternative Public Media radio station wanting to collaborate
IRLART - Digital Art Gallery wanting to collaborate