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From the makers of Allison Weiss' 1st Kickstarter project comes a new story about one girl, and one internet, coming together... AGAIN.

Oh hey world, Allison Weiss here. You might remember me from my last Kickstarter project. I'm back and ready for more and it's time to take this to the next level!!! Are you ready?! Let's talk.

~* ULTRA REWARDS *~

Anyone who donates $200 or more over the course of this project will be eligible to win some super rare one-of-a-kind items in addition to the regular rewards. At the end of it all, I'll ask everyone who qualifies to tell me what they want the most, and then the winners will be chosen at random. YOU COULD GET...

I Was An Island EP Misprint - One of 10 signed test pressings of the IWAII EP that play back slightly faster than they actually should. Only 10 of these will ever exist in the world. 

Baby's First Guitar Strap - the guitar strap that I bought at Warped Tour in 2003 and used until last year. Bonus: I got it signed by Chris Carrabba when I was 17. 

Pancake Polaroids - a set of 6 outtakes from the shoot for the cover of my first full-band EP, Allison Weiss & The Way She Likes It, featuring me looking like a pretty lady.

Cardboard Dreamcasters - One of 6 signed cardboard Telecaster-style guitars used in the "I Was An Island" video shoot, handmade by me and signed by the entire cast and crew. There were actually 20 of these originally but only a few survived the mayhem.


And of course, you can still win posters, stickers, buttons, and other cool stuff just by telling your friends and family about this project. IN FACT...CLICK HERE TO INVITE PEOPLE TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT!!

We're so close to hitting the ultimate goal. I know we can do this!! From now until the end of the project, everyone who helps hit a thousand-dollar mark will get a personal thank-you phone call from me. You've got 10 chances to win this week! What are you waiting for?!

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In a world where bands make records, one girl is making a record... again. She has the skills. She has the drive. She has the team. But there's one thing missing. How will she pay for all of this? From the makers of Allison Weiss's first Kickstarter project comes a new story about one girl, and one internet, coming together to make something happen.


The Backstory:
almost 3 years ago I signed up for Kickstarter.com not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I made a little video, thought up some prizes, and put it on the internet all in a matter of hours. I was nervous but excited and hoping for the best... and completely shocked when I met my goal in only 10 hours, and more than tripled it over the course of 60 days.

What did I learn? The internet is amazing! There are people all over the globe who like what I'm doing! I don't need a label to make a record! There are still good citizens out there who want to pay for music... in advance!! Prizes are awesome! Playing a four-hour marathon show is an insane idea! Making records is expensive and when it's time to promote, the costs are even crazier! I learned that making music for a living is tough, hard, and quite a gamble, but when you've got friends and fans who will help you do it, the scary part becomes FUN and suddenly a stressful situation is more like a PARTY! 


So what's different this time? The goal is higher, there are new prizes, I cut off all my hair and I'm not wearing any glasses, I am 24 years old, I moved to New York, there are more of you, but there is still one of me! The project isn't just about pressing a record, it isn't just about recording an album, it's about taking this to the next level. I've spent the last year touring and writing and working on this brand new record, and and it's high time that I level up. In the past I worked alone. I didn't have a producer, I skimped on recording equipment, and I spent nothing on promotion. This year everything changes. Let's make a list...


Your generous donations will go to...
- Paying the glorious Chris Kuffner to produce this fine full-length
- Paying the indispensable Elliot Jacobson to play drums
- Paying the various musicians who've contributed their skills to all 10 songs
- Paying for recording space
- Paying for mixing
- Paying for mastering
- Paying for some cool album artwork
- Paying for music videos 
- Paying for a publicist to promote the record

If we exceed the goal, donations could go to causes such as
- Paying for me to tour behind the release to places I haven't been yet
- Paying for fun new merch
- Paying for even more music videos
- Paying to press the record on vinyl
- Paying my rent so I can focus on making the record the best it can be


SO YOU SEE... Making a record is expensive. Actually getting that record out into the world is so much hard work but also the greatest joy a musician like myself can experience. So that's why I'm coming to you today (again) to ask for help (again)! Because you see I'm not just doing this for me, I'm doing this for everyone (again). I want to make something awesome (again) that we'll both love and we can all say we had a part in (again).

ARE YOU READY? LET'S DO THIS!!! AGAIN!!!! 

xo

AW

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From: hello@allisonw.com
To: You
Subject: OMG THIS TOTALLY WORKED 4 ME!!!!!111!!
Sent: Nov 14, 2011 7:00AM EST

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OKAY!!! So u wanna be with ur crush?!!!

Forward this project...

1 person - ur crush will txt u
5 ppl - ur crush with CALL u
10 ppl - ur crush will kiss u on te CHEEK
15 peeps - ur crush will ASK U OUT!!! 
25 peeps - u will DATE ur CRUSH!!!!
50 peeps - hAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!!!!!!!!

GOOD LUCK ;)

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    4. PREORDER + PARTY FAVORS - Get everything above, plus a signed physical copy of the record, a digital goodie bag of extra videos and songs, PLUS I'll put you on the guest list for a real-life listening party to be held in NYC before the record comes out.

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    6. DVD EXTRAS - Get everything above, plus a 'directors commentary' style DVD where producer Chris Kuffner and I talk about each song as they happen. Hear about the making-of, our favorite parts, backstories on specific songs, and how much we love each other!

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    7. HANDMADE SONGZINE - Get everything above, plus a limited edition zine-style songbook with chords, lyrics, photos, and stories about every song I've released since 2008, handmade, designed, and signed by yours truly!

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    9. LIMITED EDITION MERCH - Get everything above, plus a personalized thank you letter with limited edition t-shirt, buttons, stickers, a poster, PLUS a hand-colored and signed copy of the 'I Was An Island EP' 7" record and all of my previous albums on a limited edition Allison Weiss Brand flash drive. Whoa!

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    10. VIP SOUNDCHECK EXPERIENCE - Get everything above, plus the ultimate in VIP experiences! Come to a show early and hang out during sound check. I'll buy you a drink and show you around. Once the show starts, I'll let everyone know that YOUR NAME HERE is up in the building toniiiiight!! Impress all your friends when I sing a song in your honor and insert your name into the lyrics. On top of all that, I'LL CALL YOU ON YOUR BIRTHDAY and remind you how great you are. NOTE: This reward does not expire! If it takes you three years to get to one of my shows I will still honor it!

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    11. ALLISON WEISS MIXTAPE - Get your own personal Allison Weiss mixtape!! It will come to you as a CD-R with a hand-colored cover and your choice of 5 of my songs performed acoustically! This was my favorite from last time so please do it!! On top of all that, I'll call you on your birthday and remind you how great you are. [+ Rewards 1-10]

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    12. GUITAR LESSON - Are you dying to learn one of my songs so you can play it for your crush and hopefully win them over with the heartfelt lyrics and catchy chord progressions? Let's have a video lesson and I will show you how to serenade your sweetheart or your grandma or your dog or your mirror or whoever you want to play the song for. On top of all that, I'll call you on your birthday and remind you how great you are. [+ Rewards 1-10]

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    13. ODE TO YOU - I will make a YouTube video performing a short jingle which prominently features your full name. I'll upload it to my YouTube account where it will stay until the end of time/internet. You can show it to all of your friends and they will be SO JEALOUS... On top of all that, I'll call you on your birthday and remind you how great you are. [+ Rewards 1-10]

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    14. SKYPE INTERVIEW I will call you on skype and interview you about your life. I'll write it up as if I were a journalist and hand-draw a portrait of you to go with the 'article'. Then I'll post it on my blog for the whole world to see. Ready to be FAMOUS?!... On top of all that, I'll call you on your birthday and remind you how great you are. [+ Rewards 1-10]

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    15. NYC PIZZA DATE - Do you live in or near New York City or are you planning a visit? Let's go on a pizza date. I pick the place, you show up. I pay for both of us and we get a couple slices. We'll take photos together and I'll ask you about your life and you can ask me about mine! We can talk about hopes and dreams. I will probably send you a Facebook message afterwards and you won't ever respond because that's how dates usually go for me... [+ Rewards 1-10 and your choice of Reward 11,12,13 or 14]

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    16. YOU ON FILM - Make a guest appearance in a music video for a song off the new record. It's your chance to shine! Are you ready for your close up?! This reward will also include you and I sharing a slice of pizza or two on set. [+ ALL rewards above]

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    17. PIZZA PARTY - (U.S. Only) I will come to your home with some pizzas and my guitar. You invite your friends, I bring the food and the rock, and we all have a total blast. I'll film the whole thing. I am totally serious about this. It's actually a pretty good deal if you think about it. You and your friends could all go in on it together. If airfare is crazy expensive we will pick a time when it's more affordable for me. [+ ALL rewards above]

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    18. PROM DATE - Get everything above, plus I never went to my own prom so if this isn't awkward, maybe you could take me to your prom. I'll also play an acoustic pizza party show for you and your friends before the prom. I will wear a dress or a tux, whichever you prefer, but you have to buy me dinner and I can't spend a ton of money on the clothes. If you're too old for prom maybe you could arrange a fake prom? I don't know but this is really awkward. [+ ALL rewards above]

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