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The most charming street musicians in America take their act overseas to bring you the most charming guide to busking the world
45 backers pledged $3,501 to help bring this project to life.

Happy 12/12/12!!! And Merry Christmas to ALL! (and hanukkah and kwanzaa and hippy light festival)

Posted by Thomas M. Senkus (Creator)

WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE WILL BE RECORDING A CELEBRATION VIDEO SOON, STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxoxoxox,
the cack

We're ALLLLLLMOOOOOSSSSTTTT THERE!

Posted by Thomas M. Senkus (Creator)

Its THE FINAL COUNTDOWN towards the end of our Kickstarter! We are 96% funded, $134 close to completion (our fans are amazing!!!), and 18 hours towards Busking the World.

We couldn't have gotten this far with out ya'll.
Lemme repeat that:  it was you guys!!!!  You made it possible ;-D :-P  :-)

That said, spread the word!  We've got less than 24 hours (this expires at 4pm!)

KARMA Donations: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/320150710/east-cack-busks-the-world

Love,
Crudbot and Sharmini

Crudbot's Special Offer - 10th Hour Dance Video

Posted by Thomas M. Senkus (Creator)

HELP CRUDBOT GET AROUND THE WORLD! And he will reward you by teaching you how to dance like Crudbot. DECEMBER 2 and DECEMBER 3 ONLY!!! HURRY, GET YOUR VIDEOS WHILE THEY'RE HOT!!!

BUDGET for the budget-curious and thrillseekers alike!

Posted by Thomas M. Senkus (Creator)

We just finished a month-long cross-country tour of the United States!  Thank you, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Alexandria, Detroit, Bloomington, Ann Arbor, Ft. Wayne and so many more

Without further ado...

THE BUDGET (Part A):

Of the $3,500 we are asking for, Kickstarter takes %10...

...so, our net total budget is $3,150.

Equipment to purchase stateside:

$1,000 - a decent used/refurbished macbook pro (for recording, internet communications, etc.)
$250 - digital audio recorder (for recording our songs and other buskers, entertainers, oddities )
$300 - a portable, but up-to-date quality, digital video camera (see over 150 of our videos on Youtube!)
$100 - a new lens for our Nikon Camera (see www.youllhavetowalk.wordpress.com for examples of Sharmini's photography)
$200 - wireless microphones (optional if costs exceed estimates)

Equipment to purchase in Europe:

$500 - portable/battery operated amplifier
$400 - a "beater" guitar

Money to set aside in a CD for book publishing at the return of our tour:

$600 - includes postage, materials,

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BUDGET (Part B):

***In addition to our Kickstarter donations, we are currently working to match or exceed the entire Kickstarter contribution. For the time until April 15th, we will be saving money to buy additional supplies. Our estimated goal is $3500.

Equipment to buy stateside:

$150 - a travel backpack for Tom.
$150 - general travel gear (ie. iodine tablets, tarps, etc.)

Money set aside for book publishing and shipping to patrons:

$600 (for professional recording sessions, other supplies for the DVD out-takes, t-shirt, etc)

Equipment to buy in Europe:

$100 - postcards for our patrons!
$300 - a phone with changeable SIM card/and those SIM cards so we can use it from country-country

The remaining $2,200 of what we save will be our 'safety net' to help us when we are not performing. This could be caused by wrong locations, the wrong weather or other intangible factors. It will also help us take days off to photograph and record other street performers and go on side-trips to exotic destinations. It will also help us with transportation costs.

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Just in case you were wondering how we can do this so cheap (and it's still not cheap!), allow us to quote some statistics:

In the summer months of 2012 (height of tourism in New England) we were making roughly $400/week. https://youllhavetowalk.wordpress.com/page/6/

Based on several European busker-oriented blogs, we estimate we can make about the same amount of money (or the European equivalent) in Europe. Even if all goes wrong and we're making only $200-300 (or the European equivalent) per week, we can still cover all of our major expenses.

To off-set foreign expenses and enrich our experiences, we will be Couchsurfing as much as possible. Our performance schedule will be four or more times for several hours a week to generate a sustaining income and to create material for Internet broadcasting (ie music videos, travelogues). We might even buy a campstove there so we can cook in parks to save money!

Coffee might be a problem, though. We drink a lot of coffee.

More statistics: Over the past summer, we've kept track of our expenses.  We estimate our costs are about $700 - $1000 dollars a month on food/gas/and extra travel gear. Overseas, we can take our earnings normally reserved for fuel and intangibles, and funnel the equivalent into generating better music opportunities!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:  We have to give a collective hug to everyone who has donated.  We never expected to have such decent fans.  Why, it makes me tear up ;-D....  Thanks for exploring this new medium of mutual appreciation!