The theory behind the Theory of Flight project, the brainchild of Vassar College senior Nina Vyedin (yours truly), is that if you get enough talented people together on one project, you can make something really big happen.
This seems pretty intuitive, but projects like this one are not as common as you'd think. Although we all try to be a part of something moving, these endeavors often seem more daunting than they are inviting, and most intimidating at the start. Music, and most art that manages to reach the market, becomes the territory of professionals with large funds and marketing contacts. But it doesn't have to be that way!
What you are funding is not a professional production: rather, it is a professional effort by a group of ordinary people trying to bring an extraordinary thing to life. Most of us are college students with full course loads, writing papers and taking exams alongside this project. We are not looking to make money off of this project, so much as to gather resources enough to put this whole thing together. We are ordinary boys and girls trying to make something happen, and we can use all the help we can get. We ask that you not worry about not being able to give us enough to help: give as much or as little as you can at the moment, and send an email with our website in the subject and a few good words for us to ten people you know. We'll get there in no time.
I write the songs, but this is not my album. This work belongs to my band members, whose innovations bring the style to the music. It belongs to the incredible design team, who give the music we make its windows into the world. It belongs to the managers and organizers whose time and talents keep this little machine moving forward. And lastly, it belongs to you, whose contribution gives us the resources we need to build this thing. We couldn't do it without you. I look forward to working with all of you.
Sincerely, Nina Vyedin
Where your contributions go:~$2000--mastering and mixing of the album by Scott Petito, a well established producer/engineer in the Hudson Valley. ~$500--packaging and shipping of about 200 disks in color printed sleeves by DiscMakers. ~$50.00--web hosting (year-long contract) & domain name registration with FatCow hosts. ~$400--media & promotion (photographs, stickers, prizes, etc), Kickstarter fees + buffer money in case the prices of the above shift. *anything else we can collect will go towards funding the concert on May 13th!
What you're not paying for: The time & talents of many wonderful and dedicated team members who can't wait to put together a beautiful album for your listening pleasure.
How Kickstarter works: When you pledge an amount, you pledge in advance. At the end of the campaign, if we reach our goal, we will receive your contributions and begin to distribute the prizes. If we do not reach our goal, you will not be charged and we will receive no funds. No prizes, no album. Incentive? We think so!
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