F.M. Records started in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. We have a very basic goal and lifestyle... To present to other communities and maybe someday the world just some of the amazing talents the Midwest local music scenes have to offer. We started small, with artists in our hometown, the first one being a band I am in. We have since been able to do some fun work with some great bands spanning the Midwest, and hope to go even further than that. Giving a voice to groups from anywhere that have heart and want to see their music out in the world. We are less worried about labeling music and styles, and more intent on seeing all types of music and art get a voice without having to cater to "cool" crowds or worry about what is "in." A show with a rapper, a metal band, an acoustic act, and a synth pop group is much more entertaining and brings a larger crowd than fox holing yourself... Not to mention we just genuinely love all genres. We have an in house studio, and capabilities through hard work and great resources to independently record and produce bands, while promoting and selling in house as well, and even do all of our own packaging, design, and pressing. It's a fully self sustaining operation, allowing us to harness the power of our friends, neighbors, and as much DIY and recycled materials as humanly possible.
The ONLY problem with this system, is I live check to check in my personal life, and it reflects our hopes and goals. By having so much done in house, and profits from all sales going directly back into the label and future releases, we don't need much, but like everyone, we do still go without from time to time. the small amount we are asking for in this Kickstarter would be enough to bulk up on supplies to put out our next 4-8 releases. Things like the materials to silk screen the CDs, the recycled material and labor to make the eco friendly cases, and should the project exceed our goal, the possibility of upgrading our studio, ensuring even more quality recordings and the best possible product to represent our friends, our scene, and our hard work.
I personally had to wrestle with the idea of doing this for weeks. The concept of asking for a handout is something that anyone who knows me would tell you I cannot stand. I am looking at this, as a good friend put it, as "Having a big boring meeting with investors, but without the meeting, and instead of crappy investors, you are getting support from people who really believe in the project." I know you all get incentives for donating, but the biggest reward will come in seeing your friends and neighbors on quality hand pressed CDs reaching new crowds and maybe even making enough money to sustain themselves of music.
For every CD, tape, or vinyl sold, all the profit and the recoup money go right back into the bank account to further fund things. This project would help us mostly by basically funding those next handful of releases, which in turn fund the next releases, and so on. It's a solid plan, but just needs the startup investment to make it flourish, and allow us to save by having the money to make our purchases in bulk. We are trying our best now, but it's hard check to check. This investment would really allow us to flourish, and reinvest.
Risks and challenges
We have been functioning for over a year with a fairly decent, albeit small, product and success rate. The money basically recycles itself, so these releases would fund the next, funds the next, funds the next. the only real risks revolve around the humility that would come with our releases not selling. My way of combating this (aside from pushing them as hard as we can) is simply having faith in our artists, and making sure we produce the best possible product for them, and for the listener. I have full faith (and business sense to back it up) that this is one of those plans that will only flourish and allow more and more creation and push for great local artists!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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