The End of the Beginning

https://youtu.be/BmI84ZlvzeQ The Handpan world is changing.  In our recent conversations with players, makers, and enthusiasts, it’s become more and more clear to us that we’re entering a new era of Handpan history. But rather than mourn the “good ol’ days”, we’ve decided to just. . . throw a party! On October 7th, 2023, the world will celebrate the fifth International Handpan Day. On that same day, we will release The End of the Beginning (Future Rust: Volume 4), a massive compilation album, featuring our favorite Handpan artists from all around the world. We hope to make this the biggest collaborative project in the history

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Micro Grant Recipients!

In November of 2022, we announced the first run of the Future Rust Micro Grants, a program designed to support the handpan community.  With help from the sponsors listed below, we gathered 1500 EUR to give away for the purpose of supporting small handpan-related projects. We received twenty excellent applications, and ultimately narrowed it down to nine recipients who we believed would make the best use of this funding. Our criteria was based on a number of factors, such as the viability of realizing the project, the necessity of receiving this funding, and whether the funding would be used for

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Future Rust Micro Grants 2023

The application window is now closed. Thank you for your submissions! Future Rust announces micro grants to support creative independent handpan projects! If you are an up-and-coming artist or an independent event producer, and you need money to realize your project, this is for you! The grants are between 100-300 € in value and the total sum of all grants will be 1500 €. The grants have to be used for a handpan-related project within the year 2023. The jury will consist of Future Rust and sponsor members. Here are some ideas for what the grant could be used for:• 

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Ukraine aid handpan music compilation by Ukrainian musicians released

Ukrainian players of the world’s newest musical instrument, the handpan, have released a compilation of Ukrainian handpan music to raise funds in this time of their nation’s urgent need. The album can be downloaded at Future Rust website for voluntary donation. The compilation is entitled Contra Spem Spero, which roughly translates to “Against All Expectations, I Hope”, and is the title of a poem written by Ukrainian poet and activist Lesya Ukrainka in 1890 – a period when the Russian empire had made it illegal to publish in the Ukrainian language. This handpan music compilation asks Ukrainians and the world

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Future Rust begins (again)

Sometimes after the Handpan Day 2021 my good friend Connor Shafran offered to help with running the label. Me and Connor had been talking about music intensely for months, and since there has always been a lot of resonance between our ideas, we decided to start developing Future Rust together. In December we started to build the new website, while also figuring out the next steps for the label. We will tell about them in time, but with the relaunch of our new website we want to invite handpan artists to share their vision and music with us. Our goal

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