I'm an independent singer & songwriter, and I need your help to make a music video for my new single "Odd Place To Be!"
UPDATE: We've met our $2,500 and will be making a music video! Our new goal is $3,500 which will help fund my East Coast tour!
In short: My goal is to raise money to shoot a professional music video in support of my new single, "Odd Place To Be." The money will go towards props, sets, costumes, catering and equipment for the shoot, and the video will hopefully generate more buzz and album sales and allow for me to fund my first tour!
Hello, folks! I'm Holley Maher, and if you're reading this at this very moment, you are super-awesome. And if you've watched this video already, you've probably realized that "super-awesome" is apparently my favorite phrase.
I am SO excited to share my plans to make a music video with you via Kickstarter, and even MORE excited that you guys might to be a part of it! As an independent artist without a record label or a fairy godmother or a magic genie of any kind to fund my projects, your willingness to help means more than you can possibly know.
What do I want to do?
I want to make a music video for my debut single, "Odd Place To Be!"
This past year, I was lucky enough to record my first EP (a short 5-song album) with Thomas Doeve of Paper Swan studios. He's a genius, and he's also worked with some other great local artist like Trent Dabbs, Katie Herzig, Andrew Belle, and Amy Stroup. I am so happy with how the album turned out!
As I mention in the video, "Odd Place To Be" is getting some great radio exposure and has been doing better than I could have ever imagined! I really want to take advantage of this exposure by creating a music video. Having a music video out would help out in a lot of ways, including:
- Allowing people to hear my song and watch a music video, which is the greatest way, I think, to get a quick feel for the artist, their style, and their personality. Hopefully, this will reflect in more exposure and will be a great way to connect with new fans!
- Hopefully after people watch the video, they'll really like it and go snag a copy of the album! This will help me fund my next album, my tour, and pay my rent.
- I'll get to frolick in a forrest with human-sized stuffed animals, which is something I've always wanted to do.
However, I've pretty much spent every penny to my name in order to record, print, and promote this album. That's why I'm here!
How do you plan to do it?
No, but seriously. This is going to be an awesome video.
Tyler and David, the two incredibly talented videographers who are Yeah Yeah Creative (www.yeahyeahcreative.com), approached me about a month ago saying that they really liked my stuff and wanted to donate their time and efforts to make me a music video. (They also shot my Kickstarter video!) I was stunnned, since I've always admired their work and had been dreaming of working with them! Of course, I said yes, and here we are.
We sat down over several coffee-and-brainstorming sessions and came up with what we think is a really fun concept for a music video. It's going to be visually stunning, charming, whimsical (of course), and incredibly odd. I couldn't be more excited to get started on it!
What specifically will we be spending the money on?
Well, while this concept is a really great one, it's also a slightly expensive one. We've tailored the concept to make sure that we're not going too overboard, but at the same time, we want it to really stand out and be something that people want to share with each other virally.
I mention in the video what we'll need, but it includes things like:
-A moving truck
-A power generator
-A few furniture items
-Materials for sets and a stage
-Perhaps an actor or two
-Food for the cast and crew
-Any permits we may need to obtain to shoot in our video in a public location
Those are the basics that we really need help with. Any more money that we make will go towards:
- Paying the videographers (they've very graciously offered to work for free, but I think they deserve something for all their hard work!)
- My next studio project, which I hope to start recording in the winter!
- Perhaps a tour, so I can come visit you lovely folks and play you some ditties.
*Your donation will only be spent on things that directly benefit my music career! I will not spend it on shoes, clothes, records, or Swedish massages.
How does Kickstarter work?
I explain this a bit in the video, but here's the gist of it:
1. You watch my video.
2. You check out the sweet prizes you can get for donating, which vary depending on your donation amount.
3. I have 30 days to reach my goal of $2,500! If I don't reach my goal within 30 days, Kickstarter will refund your ENTIRE donation to you-- which means that I don't get any funding and I don't get to make a super-awesome music video. :(
4. However, if I reach my goal, you'll be seeing a super-awesome music video very soon! If I exceed it, you can count on even MORE awesome things to come, like a tour or a new record!
Thank you so so so so much for considering being a part of my Kickstarter project. I know the video is a little silly, but in all seriousness, I cannot do this without your help, and I appreciate anything you're willing to donate more than you will ever know!
If you have any questions about Kickstarter, my music video, or the prizes, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thanks to Yeah Yeah Creative for shooting this lovely Kickstarter video for me!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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My eternal gratitude, and your name listed in what I'm sure will be a very long blog post thanking all of my contributors.
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ABOVE + I will email you an mp3 of the worktape (the very first rough recording) of “Odd Place To Be,” which I recorded right after I wrote it. (This was before I changed the title from “The Brink” to "Odd Place To Be.")
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + Early access to the “Behind The Scenes” video, as well as a sneak peek of the official “Odd Place To Be” music video before it is released to the public.
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + I will email you a digital copy of the EP, plus your name will be listed in the credits at the end of the music video.
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + A free, signed physical copy of the EP, AND I will write up a personal blog post dedicated to you and your sheer awesomeness and post it on my website for the whole world to see!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + You will receive tickets to the upcoming show of your choice. Bring along a bunch of friends and we will have drinks before the show!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + I will email you a digital pre-release of my upcoming single, “Chariot Driver.”
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + I will mail you a signed piece of the set from the music video, along with a personally handmade card just for you!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + In honor of the human-sized stuffed animals that you'll see in the music video, I will create a handmade stuffed animal of the animal (or person, or monster, or whatever) of your choice!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + You get to be present for the filming of the music video and be an extra (if you want to) OR, if you’re not in the Nashville area and don’t want to travel here, I will give you a special shout-out in the behind the scenes video and tell the world how awesome you are!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + I will come to your living room (within a 500 mile radius of Nashville, TN) and perform a private concert for you and all your friends! If you don’t live in the Nashville area, I will record a YouTube video of the cover song of your choice and proclaim my undying love for you, which I will then post on my website and social networks!
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + I will write a song just for you about anything your little heart desires! Let’s keep it clean, though, ok? (no expletives)
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + For six months, the top banner of the "blog" page on my website will feature a picture of you (preferably giving "thumbs up"), along with your name, and the words "This guy/girl is freakin' awesome. Thanks for funding my music video!"
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