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Help make a new album from the troubadour with the face of a villain but the heart of a vaudevillian.
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Franz Nicolay

195 backers pledged $11,283 to help bring this project to life.

Final update

Hi everyone -

I've just sent out the last round of rewards packages (to US & Canada), so let me know if you don't get them within a week. I've got one more set of postcards and a couple of private concerts, but otherwise that wraps this project.

For the curious, and in the interests of transparency, here is the complete financial breakdown:

195 backers, totalling $11,283 pledged.

RECEIVED FROM KICKSTARTER: $10,374.95 after Amazon & Kickstarter took a combined commission of $908.05 (about 8%). (Also, this considered taxable income up to the normal 30% rate, but I should be able to minimize that due to all the recording-related expenses detailed below.)

Backer breakdown (costs are approximate since mailings had various sizes, contents, and destinations):

61 at $10 (digital download of the album): gross $610, cost to fulfill: $0; net 100% of donation
63 at $25 (signed copy of the CD): gross $1575, approx. cost to fulfill: $450; net 70%
24 at $50 (signed copy of the CD; all four of my chapbooks): gross $1200, approx. cost to fulfill: $310; net 75%
9 at $75 (signed CDs, chapbooks, postcards from tour): gross $675, approx. cost to fulfill: $170; net 75%
23 at $100 (signed CDs, chapbooks, named in liner notes): gross $2300, approx. cost to fulfill $300; 87%
2 at $250 (signed CDs, chapbooks, named in liner notes, digital copies of album demos, custom t-shirt): gross $500, approx. cost to fulfill $25; net 95%
1 at $350 (signed CDs, chapbooks, named in liner notes, record a cover song of donor's choice): gross $350, approx. cost to fulfill $13; net 95%
5 at $500 (signed CDs, chapbooks, named in liner notes, private home concert): gross $2500, approx. cost to fulfill $65; net 97%
1 at $1000 (signed CDs, chapbooks, named in liner notes, reward of donor's choice): gross $1000, approx. cost to fulfill $13; net 98%

Median donation: $25
Median per-donor fulfillment cost: approx. $13

Major recording costs:
- $244.97 for rehearsal space rental (9 hours @ $25/hr., plus tax)
- $7500 to producer/studio for 15 days (16 songs in 3 days of tracking, 12 days of overdubs & mixing) at $500/day
- $750 to additional engineer for 3 days of overdubs in his bedroom at $250/day
- $500 to drummer (for 3 3-hour rehearsals and 3 12-hour tracking days)
- $500 to bassist for (3 3-hour rehearsals and 3 12-hour tracking days)
- $975 to various additional musicians, in increments from $75 to $200 each, depending on contributions.
- $1391.83 for mastering

TOTAL MAJOR RECORDING COSTS: $11,861.80

Kickstarter rewards fulfillment costs:

- 51 CDs to be signed & mailed from UK for overseas donors, purchased from Xtra Mile label wholesale at GBP 5 (US$8) each: $408
- Envelopes & postage for mailing (within UK and UK->Europe) GBP75.02 (US$120)
- 77 CDs to be signed & mailed domestically to US/Canada donors, self-pressed at $1.12/unit: $86.24
- Envelopes for US mailing: $30.79
- Production costs of 284 "Complicated Gardening Techniques" zines (71 donors, each receiving 4 zines, at a per-unit cost of $1.59 from Staples): $451.56
- Postage mailing chapbooks to overseas donors: $247.64
- Postage for US mailing: $267.96
- Postage for 9 donors receiving postcard correspondence, each receiving 4-6 postcards apiece, some mailed internationally: approx. $50

TOTAL KICKSTARTER REWARD FULFILLMENT EXPENSES: $1,662.19

Thanks again, this has been both productive and instructive and I hope everyone feels happy and comfortable with their contribution. See you on tour I hope, and let me know if there's anything you haven't received.

Regards,

Franz

Comments

    1. Creator happypeep on October 23, 2012

      And got all my stuff last night! Thanks, Franz!

    2. Creator happypeep on October 17, 2012

      This album has been on repeated play in my mp3 player and I sent the bandcamp page to a friend that works as a music reviewer for the Aquarian Weekly. I eagerly await my CD. Thank you, Franz and may your next album get even more backers!