UPDATE: April 20, 2011
I'm still picking up the pieces of my mind that were blown to tiny bits yesterday when we exceeded the $8000 goal in the first five days of fundraising - unbelievable. I made this video to explain what happens next. The kickstarter campaign will continue running until May 14th & I've outlined some new goals for this project.
If we reach $10,000, I can afford to hire a radio promoter to get the new album on airwaves across the country once it's released. Another $2,000 would cover the cost of hiring a publicist for a professional PR campaign. If we make it all the way to $15,000 by May 14th, I will press the album in both CD & 12" Vinyl formats & anyone who's contributed $25 or more to this project can choose which version they'd like to receive. Backers who opt for the CD or the vinyl will also get a digital download version of the album, so your iPod's earbuds need not fear.
I'm also working on adding some other new incentives to the campaign, like exclusive video updates from inside the studio for backers only. Please keep spreading the word about this project - let's see what we can do!
So much love & gratitude for you all,
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From 2009-2010 I traveled through Europe and Asia, exploring emerging music scenes on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. I returned to the United States with a wealth of experience, stories, friends, a new album's worth of songs, and some seriously over-developed calf muscles from carrying my harp through six countries. I'm ready to enter the studio to begin production on my second full-length CD, but I need your help raising the funds necessary to see this project through to its completion.
My vision for this album is to record the songs in a way that is harp and vocal centric, featuring sparse arrangements of primarily live instruments & using fewer overdubs and electronics than in my previous recordings. I'm excited about the songs on this album. Some of them you may have heard me perform at live concerts over the past few months, like The Canonization of Margot Price, Back to Your Flat, August, The Mark, & Borrowed or Begged. Some of them are still secrets.
$8,000 might seem like a bold figure, and it's an ambitious amount to raise in a month, but it's actually a very modest budget for a full-length professional recording. Here's how the money will be used:
- $5500 for recording (studio time, paying session musicians, producers, & engineers)
- $1000 for mastering (gives it the final sonic polish & prepares the album for radio)
- $1200 for duplication/manufacturing (1000 zero carbon footprint packages)
- $300 for art layout & design (because you want it to look as lush as it will sound)
Anything we're able to raise above $8,000 will be used to create a better final product for you, & to properly promote the CD once it's released.
I've put together an exciting list of incentives to encourage your involvement in this project. I hope they inspire much creativity & generosity!
Thank you for your support.
- (29 days)