WE ARE NOT ALONE: 8688 Backers Raised $1.2MM to Save The Vault! So... What Happens Now?
Good "Morning After", Freaks!
Okay, not much brain power left, so bear with me... Our Kickstarter is over, and even though there's still a lot more to talk about, here's the most important headline:
Together, we've raised a total of $1,214,036!
That'll be enough to help Joe Travers save a ton of at-risk material from the Vault, so that it'll be around for future generations… and, of course, to let us make the definitive Zappa doc!
It's been a fantastic ride so far, and I'm so psyched that more than a thousand of you joined us during our live "Final Countdown" webcast.
Seriously, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
Now, I know I've sent a lot of updates over the last month, so I promise, I'll cool it for a little while and let you breathe. In a few weeks, we'll start sending out details about your Kickstarter rewards, so you know what to expect (and when)! But first, just a few more things to tell you.
The Kickstarter is now officially over, which means that...
1. Preservation work in the Vault starts now.
There's no time to waste, so Joe and I have already started working on next steps for the preservation process. I'll share more details as we work them out, but I can tell you this: We'll be busy beavers for a while.
2. Add-On Rewards are still available...
By the time I woke up this morning, I had a ton of messages saying that you guys want to keep going, and asking if can still unlock the remaining stretch goal. So, we'll need to figure out a few details, but for now, you can keep getting Add-On Rewards, and we'll keep updating the tally. And yes..
3. So, we can still reach our final stretch goal!
To be honest, I still can't believe that we managed to pass our $1MM goal, smash through our first stretch goal and came crazy close to hitting our final stretch goal... all in our last 24 hours! It's totally insane. And even though we didn't quite reach the final goal of $1.25MM, a lot of you are really into the "Interactive Vault" app idea… so, if we raise the rest of what we need, yes, we'll still make it happen!
4. Didn't get to pledge? You'll still be able to join us.
Since so many people are asking: Yes, we're looking into ways to let more people join and pledge. We can't officially do it on Kickstarter, but we're hoping anyone who missed out will still be able to join us as a "Slacker Backer." More on that soon, so stay tuned!
5. We'll share the webcast video next week!
I know that, for a lot of you, our live "Final Countdown" happened in the middle of the night... but we shared some crazy unreleased Frank videos and recordings, and we want to make sure you can see it too!
So, don't worry: We're fixing some audio sync issues and talking to YouTube about a minor legal issue (involving copyright clearances for one of Frank's songs that we played!!!), but we will post the full video on YouTube and send it a Backer update once it's live. Hang tight: It won't be much longer!
Okay, that's it for today. I'm going back to bed.
And, one more time: thank you for deciding to be part of this project.
We've got an awesome adventure in front of us!