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My name is April Smith and I'm working on a new album. I'm looking for help from my fans to get funding together and start it off right!
My name is April Smith and I'm working on a new album. I'm looking for help from my fans to get funding together and start it off right!
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Dear fans and supporters,

Over the last few years, so many of you have asked me when I plan to release a new album. I'm always being asked when "Colors" and "Wow and Flutter" will be for sale on iTunes. I have decided that it has been way too long since my last full length release and it's time to get back in the studio! So, I am calling on YOU to be a part of my next endeavor. Without the support of my fans, I wouldn't be where I am today.

In all honesty, the right label has not yet presented itself and I don't want to depend on a label to get this going, especially in this day and age where artists can be empowered to do things on their own. I've already been able to do some really amazing things independently and without a label. We're playing Lollapalooza this year...that's HUGE! Perez Hilton has also featured "Colors" on his site and he recorded a neat little promo video when I met him in NYC last year. I've toured the country and made thousands of new fans, all without a label. If I do this on my own, I will have more creative freedom to make the album that YOU have been asking for, and that I want to make. The main thing that has constantly been standing in my way has been having the finances to do this. In order to make this album, I need money for a studio and producer. After budgeting and crunching numbers, $10,000 would be a great starting point and really help me get the right people involved in this project. I know that with your help we can achieve this goal together, and hopefully even surpass it! Because if we raise even more, we might even be able to hire a publicist, plan a tour, and give this album the push that it needs to be a success!

Here's where you come in; I have decided to partner with a wonderful company called Kickstarter. Kickstarter helps people fund their projects by providing a medium, kickstarter.com, to raise money and keep things organized. It allows fans to invest on different levels and get cool stuff in return. Also how great is it that you can help be part of the whole process and help make this possible? I hope you'll all become a part of my project here. We've got until September 8th to raise this money so let's do this! I'm confident that with your help we can make a really amazing album together!

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    Free download of Terrible Things (the song, not actual things that are terrible), Exclusive video updates on the project and while I'm in the studio (I may occasionally throw in one of my dog doing something cute. It will be worth it, I promise)

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    Name and link on aprilsmithmusic.com - we will share a special internet bond for all eternity!

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    Digital copy of the album a week before it's release - as long as you promise not to share it!!!

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    Signed physical copy of the album a week before it's released - you'll get to see all of the album art and fancy stuff before everyone else, April Smith T-shirt (not my T-shirt, but a shirt with the band name and logo on it. You wouldn't want my T-shirt...trust me)

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    Name on the liner notes in the album when it's released (so where it says "April would like to thank..." your name will be listed for all to see!), a personalized thank you letter from me (I've been known to get mushy and sentimental, be forewarned)

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    Get a pair of tickets to see Friday's show at Lollapalooza!!! ($160 value - must be in the Chicago area or able to provide your own transportation to the show)

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    Signed limited edition copy of the record - LIMITED PEOPLE!!! THERE WILL BE THINGS ON THIS MUTHA THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!, an April Smith T-shirt specially designed for this project - it will show people that you're very important and magnificent!

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    A part in a music video for the new album (we'll be doing a few so there are plenty of parts to go around, Featured, weekly blog post (for one whole month!) on my site dedicated to you written by me - you haven't been properly praised until you've been praised by me!

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    Free admission for you and a guest to all my shows for 2010 (may exclude certain show and festivals but ill pull all the strings I can for you), I'll bake you a big batch of cookies (chocolate chip or peanut butter, whichever you prefer) and overnight them to you. If you live really, really close, I'll just ride my bike over!

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    I'll write you a song about you or a subject of your choice send it to you (If we get at least 5 donors I'll press all the songs and send you 5 special limited edition copies. You can share them with family, friends or enemies that you'd like to make incredibly jealous!)

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    Dinner w/ me and my band when I come through your town - Stevens will eat whatever we don't finish.

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    Sing with me on stage at one of my shows (Come on, I know you've been practicing Colors in the shower)

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    A full-band house concert! Invite your family and friends, serve your favorite refreshments, and we'll put on a show! (US only)

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    Executive Producer Credit on the album and get to spend a day in the studio - we can do that Blue Oyster Cult/Christopher Walken skit from SNL skit all day long - it'll be good times! April Smith and the Great Picture Show Pipe cleaner band - you will receive your very own pipe cleaner replica of me and my band!

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