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By Damian Matthews
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About this project

First, a little background on how this came to about.

I've been many things, a DJ, a musician, recording studio engineer etc., and these days an IT guy.  And the years as a performer, the constant 'chasing' of wages (and jumping through hoops to get them) left me somewhat jaded, in a lot of cases you would spend more time off stage chasing wages than you spent on stage earning them.

Unless you're a celebrity DJ or the 1% of A-list performers, you get given the run-around or, in some cases, written-off a gig here or there due to broken promises or hard luck stories or just plain old disappearing acts on behalf of your booker. I am sure many have experienced what I am talking about at one stage or another.

If you were (or are) fortunate enough to be an A-lister, then you might have an agent who will garnish your performance fee by 15%-20%, and they only answer incoming enquiries. They aren't responsible for actively getting you work aka "gigs".

So, I wanted to do something about this, I wanted to try legitimize the operation, if it could be done, because it really does undermine your professionalism as an artist.. constantly calling venues, managers or promoters hounding for your invoice to be paid.

Roughly 14 months ago, I conceptualized a way to keep both parties (Booker & Artist) 'safe' from each other and a method to bring gigs to performers. I decided to do something about it.  I sold some of my vintage studio equipment, raised $20,000, found a reputable developer on Freelancer and put my money were my mouth was.

Now, I have a working version of.. Gigglr.co. Gigglr only asks 5% of a performance fee, much less than a real agent, and it works as a directory too. It will, no doubt, provide additional work for the performers (because it acts as a localized search engine providing results of performers nearby) in addition, it provides credit card facilities (something most artists don't have) for people to book artists along with escrow payment protection. No show, no pay.. it's win, win for both artists & bookers.

Which brings me to Kickstarter. I'll be honest, I am no marketing guru. I identified these problems in this industry and have built the engine. So, now I really need to assemble some resources to put this on the map and advance it forward.

Not being on Kickstarter or any other crowd funding sites before, I have little experience about what to expect, am looking for resourceful people to contribute and provide expertise in the areas where I am not.

Gigglr welcomes funding, know-how, marketing guru's, graphic artists, programmers, bloggers, tips & tricks and performers. Gigglr could really use all the support it can get and would love to have involvement from a community of creative people who are keen to protect artists and performers from the cold that is their (our) livelihoods.

From what I know, the site needs an appearance make-over, new logo, art, HTML/CSS design.

Second of all, I've been told by some experienced venture capitalists, that this is a fairly new 'space', and is yet to be proven a success, therefore the public need to be educated that the idea of 'booking performers' for their events is now within reach. Marketing / Advertising / Influencing / Awareness all required in a big way.

Last of all, I can take this to the other markets around the world, but will need further funding to get 'Terms & Conditions' & Privacy Policies drawn up by solicitors for each other territory, currently I have T&C's & PP for Australia.  I guess for now, we can leave that for a future Kickstarter.

There is so much more to detail, in terms of functionality etc., but as this is my first time here, I'm hoping there's some good advice and inquiries from the community here, not just funding.

Much respect to you for taking the time to read this and please contact me with any queries you have.


Sincerely,

Damian

Risks and challenges

I'm quite sure my weakness is marketing, but I have been told.. 'a good marketing person' will see this as the perfect challenge "Changing peoples perceptions". So, I would consider my presence here on Kickstarter the way to collaborate and overcome these obstacles, teaming up with those experienced in the areas I am not is the way forward. I've always believed there is a way around anything, you just have to look to someone else for the answer if you can't find it yourself.

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    Access to a private Dropbox folder with original recordings of sounds from Roland's most highly sought after drum machines, the TR909 and TR808. Recorded beautifully in 24Bit / 48kHz AIFF format at the Panic Room Studio (Melbourne, Australia).

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