Greetings, independent music lovers! I'd like to ask your help in funding the world's first octave violin album, Sweet Octave. When I say I can't do it without you, it's not hyperbole — the profits made after releasing an album generally don't allow the artist to recoup its initial costs. This is why we crowdfund. Crowdfunding lets everyone get in on the party. We need to raise $11,836 this month to make Sweet Octave a reality. But here's the catch: if we don't raise it all, we get $0.
You and your hard-earned dollars — seven, fifty, two hundred — actually help to bring a work of art to life, a work that otherwise couldn't exist. You get to say, "This matters to me, I trust this artist to make something good, something that will bring me joy, and here's the proof." We used to go up to the merchandise table and plunk down those hard-earned dollars and walk away with the same music, but technology has moved us on from that, for better or worse. And in a weird way, I think it's for better — I like this kind of rallying cry, I like knowing who my people are, it feels like defying the system, it feels personal. And maybe I'm alone here, but I think we could all stand to get a little more personal.
Will you join me? I've come up with a few benefits — posters, concert tickets, masterclasses, sourdough bread made with my own hands — that I thought people would find interesting and valuable, ones that would show each contributor how he or she is special to me and how I value his or her support.
I'm asking for $11,836 to fund the making of this album. A donation of any size is a huge help, and here's where your money is going:
Tracking (Recording Step 1
Mixing (Recording Step 2)
Mastering (Recording Step 3)
Original album artwork
As I mentioned, the Kickstarter campaign only earns money if the goal is met. Yep: if your $100,000 project goal receives $97,685 in contributions by the deadline, it's a no go. Zero funds. Kickstarter asks its creators to have some skin in the game, and I respect that.
I've done something weird and beautiful and fun — I'd love for you to hear it. I was able to do it thanks to the support you've shown me in the past. If I can cover my costs, I'll be able to keep making this kind of art. Make no mistake — you are the reason tiny little blue-collar artists like myself survive. There's no government funding here, I'm not incorporated, and I'd be crazy to recommend this career to my kid. But I love beautiful things — love making them, and love the joy they bring to other people.
Thanks for the support. It's a privilege to make music for you.
*Illustration credit: John Hendrix. Please visit his excellent work at http://johnhendrix.com/portfolio/
Risks and challenges
The music on the album is complete; the artwork will take a few weeks more, and CDs are scheduled to be printed in early February. This means that rewards (excepting the digital downloads, of course) will be delivered in late February.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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