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Help David record his first full-length solo album of original instrumental tunes.
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My name is David Benedict, and I am an acoustic music performer and composer.  I play the mandolin and write instrumental tunes that blend  tradition and innovation. This September I am planning to record my first full-length solo album of original music, and I want you to be a part of it!   

I am thrilled to be partnering with Film, Photography, and Recording company, The Kellys' Productions, along with Corey Brooks Band member, TK King, to record the CD!  Also, Grammy-nominated mandolinist, Matt Flinner, is joining us as producer for the album.   

We have a great crew of people to work with and low production costs, but there are still a lot of expenses that go into making an album.  Many record labels will budget over $100,000 to produce a record.  However, we've made a budget of $10,000 for the whole album.  Here are our specific needs for the project: 

  • Production, Recording, Mixing, and Mastering - $3750
  • World-class Musicians with travel costs - $5000
  • Designing, Printing and Distributing the CD - $1250

Any money that we raise above our goal will help us make an even better CD.    

*However, if we can't reach our $10,000 goal within 30 days, you won't be charged for your pledge, and we won't receive any of the money.  If this happens, our project won't be funded, and we won't be able to make the CD for you or send you any of the rewards.  

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

1. PICK A REWARD BUNDLE TO SUPPORT OUR PROJECT: Take a look at the many reward bundles we have on the right side of the screen.  To pledge for the project, just click on the reward you want and follow the easy instructions to back our efforts.  Without your generous support, we won't be able to pull this off.  

2. GET THE NEWS OUT: Help us spread the word about this Kickstarter project through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Emails, Phone Calls, Text Messages, and by Word of Mouth.  We need your help to raise awareness for this fundraiser if we are going to reach our goal.     

Risks and challenges

Like all creative projects, this album has its own share of risks and challenges. For a big project like ours, there are issues of scheduling, producing, time constraints, and many other details. However, our biggest challenge is raising enough support to make this album a success. That being said, we are determined to bring you the best CD we can. With your help and support, we know that we can accomplish this goal together.

Thank You!
David

https://twitter.com/dbmandolin

https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Benedict/203379153468

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    You get a prerelease single from the new album! + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Have a complete digital download of the new album one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Here it is! Upon release, you get your very own signed copy of the new album with a personal message + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Have yourself a signed copy of the sheet music to one of my original tunes off of the cd + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album. We'll send you emails, photos, and videos with the possibility of alternate studio tracks + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Personal Thank You Bundle* Get a phone call from me so that I can express my gratitude to you personally for your generous gift + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Get your name (or the name of anyone you choose) printed in the credits section of the album liner notes. We can't do this without your help! + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Take a one hour mandolin lesson with me on skype. Don't play the mandolin? No problem! I'll share with you what I know about other instruments or we can just talk about music and life. + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Social Bundle* Get coffee with me in the Chattanooga, TN or Greenville, SC areas. At a prearranged date, we can meet and I'll tell you about how the album is coming and we can shoot the breeze over a cup of joe + Periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    With this reward, I will draw you an original work of art. It may not make much sense or look too pretty, but it will be an original piece just for you + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Jam Session Bundle* Lets get together and pick some tunes! Come see me in the Chattanooga, TN or Greenville, SC area to have regular old jam session at a prearranged date. Bring your instruments, and we can trade tunes for a while + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Composition Bundle* With this pledge, I'll write an original tune for you or someone else of your choice! Let me know what you would like it to be called, and in the days that follow, I'll do my best to write you an awesome instrumental tune. Then I'll record it at home and send it to you for your listening enjoyment + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Artist Bundle* For this conglomeration package, first I'll write an original instrumental tune for you or someone else of your choice! Next, I will draw you an original work of art. And finally, I will write an original short poem just for you (No haikus, I promise) + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    Have your very own mandolin house concert in the Chattanooga, TN or Greenville, SC areas! At a prearranged date, invite your friends and family over and I'll stop by to play some of the original tunes off the album with the possibility of guest appearances from other local musicians + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Instrument Bundle* For this special reward, you get to be the new owner of my very first mandolin. This teardrop shaped, sunburst stained Alvarez mandolin deserves to be owned by a person as kindhearted as you. This instrument serves both as a great starter mandolin to learn on and as an exotic wall decoration. I'll even sign it for you if you would like. + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Studio Bundle* Come out to the recording session in Nashville, TN in late September for a day. You'll get to meet the producers and musicians and see us in action as we record. Maybe we'll get you to record with us while you're there too! (Travel expenses not included) + Receive periodic updates of the progress on the album + A signed copy of the new album upon release + Digital download of the entire cd one week before the release + Our eternal gratitude.

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    *The Ultimate Patron Bundle* Wow! If you choose this pledge, then I am your biggest fan. There's no way that I could fully express my gratitude to you, but help yourself to all of the available prizes above (besides mandolin) along with 10 signed cd's to give to your friends and family.

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