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3 songs, 1 video, and a whole lottta nice people can help Ariel share her music with as many ears as possible! Read more

Cambridge, MA Indie Rock
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This project was successfully funded on May 13, 2011.

3 songs, 1 video, and a whole lottta nice people can help Ariel share her music with as many ears as possible!

Cambridge, MA Indie Rock
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About this project

WELCOME!

My name is Ariel Rubin, I'm a singer/songwriter born on the west coast of Canada, now living in Cambridge, MA. Eight months ago I arrived here with a single goal: MAKE MUSIC! With this goal I had a plan...

  • Step 1 Take my recently released debut album and a handful of rough tracks and begin shopping myself around the Boston music scene

  • Step 2 Meet musicians, build a band and continue recording

  • Step 3 Take Boston, New England and beyond by storm!

I am excited to say that Cambridge has welcomed me with open arms! First I began working with Mike Davidson, a talented Boston-based producer, then Mike lined up a roster of amazing musicians to play on my album and most recently I booked a series of shows in Boston, Cambridge, New York and London. To summarize - things have been going swimmingly!

THE PROJECT

This campaign will raise money to promote and release my upcoming EP - Big Spoon.

Featuring cover art by the most talented Ms. Becky Comber and three lovingly produced tracks, this record will showcase my songs finally brought to their full potential.

While I have managed to finance the recording out of pocket; the expenses to print, press and create a PR campaign that includes photographs, merchandise and a music video are extensive.

I am lucky to count both Becky and Graydon Sheppard as friends and collaborators, and together they have agreed to create the album art, web campaign, music video and promo photographs.

I will also be compiling press kits to send to a vast list of college and independent radio stations across Europe and North America with the aim to gain airplay and begin building a larger fan base.

Simultaneously I will continue to work with my producer honing my songs.

And then there are the CD manufacturing costs...

THE COSTS

To date recording fees have totaled over $7,000 and the next phase adds up to an additional $18,000. If I raise my goal you will have helped cover the majority of the costs listed below.

  • Music video (gear rental, lighting, stylist, travel, director) - $6000

  • Photographs (photographer, gear, stylist, makeup) - $2000

  • Web campaign (design and IT)- $2000

  • Artwork - $1500

  • CD production (pressing and packaging)- $1500

  • Radio mail out - $2000

  • Producer fees/artist development - $2000

  • Merch (t-shirts, posters, buttons) - $1000

   TOTAL: $18,000

THE GOAL

I plan to use the release of Big Spoon to create a buzz about myself and my music while I continue to build a band, connect to a growing fan base and tour locally and abroad. Over the next 18 months I plan to release two more EPs, combining them with the tracks from Big Spoon to release a full album in 2012!

THE PAYBACK

Raising money on Kickstarter is not simply about donations; it's a venue for trade, collaboration and support. My friends and I have a collection of beautiful, hand-crafted items waiting to be shared in thanks for your contributions.

THANK YOU!

Whether you donate $1 or $10,000 we appreciate you! It's so amazing for artists like Becky, Graydon and myself to have this venue to access the funds to our creativity!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    14 backers

    Every Fan Counts! I will thank you on my website, send you good karma and give you a free digital download of the Big Spoon EP.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    16 backers

    You've Got Fan Mail! I will thank you on my website, send you a hand-written thank you postcard picturing the album artwork and a free download of the Big Spoon EP.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    39 backers

    We Love You! - Check Your Mailbox! I will thank you on my website, send you a thank you card picturing one of Becky Comber's sweet drawings from the video and a copy of both my first album and the Big Spoon EP.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    42 backers

    I Fan You! I will thank you on my website, send you a band t-shirt in your size, a thank you card picturing one of Becky Comber's sweet drawings and a copy of both my first album and the Big Spoon EP.

  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    23 backers

    The Care Package! I will thank you on my website, send you a high quality print of one of Becky Comber's drawings from the video, a band t-shirt in your size, a thank you card and a copy of my first album and the Big Spoon EP.

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    2 backers

    Fan-ship Framed! I will send you everything in The Care Package and an original signed giclée print of the album artwork by Becky Comber.

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    2 backers

    Singing Fan Mail! I will send you everything in The Care Package and write an original song for you and perform it either in person (if you are in Cambridge/Boston or I am traveling through your hometown) or via interweb.

  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    Fans Clap Your Hands! I will send you everything in The Care Package and you will be invited to sit in on a future recording session and contribute percussion and hand claps to the song. Then I will cook you a homemade dinner shared with myself, my producer and the band. If you are not local you can contribute hand claps by recording them on your computer and sending us the track, which we will include in our mix and instead of dinner I will send you a box of homemade baked goodies.

  • You selected
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    0 backers

    A Year of Love! I will send you everything in The Care Package, two tickets to all shows you are able to attend in 2011/2012 and handmade fan mail sent to your house once a month for a year. My band and I will play a private show for you and your friends/family at your location of choice. If you are not local the solo show can be substituted for a live interweb performance. During the show I will perform an original song written just for you.

Funding period

- (27 days)