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Alumma starts business to promote local musicians

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With the ever-evolving role of technology plays in capturing life, the opportunities to share moments and communities are endless.

Noise Ordinance, an up-and-coming website and production company that showcases the multiple faces of the Burlington music scene, is aiming to do exactly this.
The project was started by Betsy Besser, ‘16.

“I remember I would go through an entire day of classes, and then go out for like five hours to shoot shows, and then do the whole thing all over again,” Besser said. “It was exhausting, but I loved it.”

During her time at UVM, Besser studied studio art and started UVM Challah for Hunger, a club within UVM Hillel that raises funds for HungerFree Vermont and Mazon.

Her philanthropic work on campus helped her obtain a better idea of her future career path.

“I realized that I love to work with people,” Besser said.
Noise Ordinance is self-described as responding to the sound of Burlington, Vermont.

Both the title is a play on the typical responses that late-night basement concerts elicit from a disgruntled neighborhood, Besser said.

The website was started one-year ago and initially only involved Besser. She now holds the dual title of Founder & Creative Director, and Noise Ordinance became an official business last month.

Besser says that Noise Ordinance is designed to promote a wide variety of musical groups and acts from within the Burlington music scene to the broader public.

The website features collaborative studio session videos with local artists like NavyTrain, J Bengoy and Iva Mae.

Noise Ordinance has grown to include a small team of editors, videographers, a graphic designer and a talent buyer of various ages and backgrounds.

“I want everyone’s input and all different types of tastes and preferences included in the work that we do,” Besser said. “I want to give a voice to people on both sides of the camera.”

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Alumma starts business to promote local musicians