"The Dust Never Settles" has literally been years in the making and I'm so close to being able to hold it in my hot, little hands, I can taste it!
I have spent the last several months of my "spare" time, hidden in my hot, upstairs bedroom-turned-recording studio, hunched in front of a computer screen and subjecting many of my dear musician friends to the stifling heat, to build this album. This has been a labor of love, sweat, tears, frustration, humility, joy and friendship.
In a nutshell, this project has been me, having the vision, asking for what I want and need and being fully supported well beyond what I had hoped for. I have friends!
Up to this point, the project has been entirely funded by me. And I could scrape together the money to finish the work but I saw this as an opportunity to go above and beyond what I personally have for a few reasons. One of them is to allow even more people to be a part of my creative vision. Another reason, quite honestly, is to have this campaign be wildly successful and help launch me further into the direction of my goal of reaching more people with my music.
The first order of business with this money, is to make "The Dust Never Settles" into a physical thing. I will get the CDs pressed and the covers and booklets printed by a local Bellingham printer.
Second is to pay everyone who has contributed to this album. It is important to me to financially compensate the artists for lending their time and expertise to the album. Fifteen, different musicians and artists have been a part of this. Several of them offering far more than just a track or two for a song. The amount I can give them with this money is at most, half of what a studio musician should get paid. Most of them were ok with receiving nothing but I am absolutely not okay with that.
Third is to give a portion to my friend who lent me the equipment to record this album. He plans to lend his Sonic Suitcase Studio setup to other people so they can record their albums as well. Being able to upgrade the recording software and other components will make recording much easier for the next person in line. He has also been my campaign manager throughout this process and deserves more than just enough to upgrade his software.
Some of this money will need to go to taxes, shipping, production and paying the fee to Kickstarter for using the platform in which to gather these funds.
Carrying this out: Since the work is almost entirely finished, I don't need too much money to make all of that happen. As far as plans for how to deal with the money, it's really as simple as getting the money and handing it to everyone that's been involved.
If we exceed the base goal of $3000: I will use the first $500 over to produce some new Bellow Wing merchandise. Bandanas, stickers, mugs, a Bellow Wing songbook, flash drives with all of my music and bonus material.
If we go WAY over the base goal: If we make it to $4500, I will film "The Dust Never Settles" music video. I already have the basic idea. It will involve mopeds, a partial mullet and the desert. That's all I can say right now.
Thank you so much for your consideration and support!
Risks and challenges
I set the reward dates much further back than I anticipate being able to deliver them. Ending a Kickstarter right as we enter into the 4th quarter of retail/holiday madness can potentially make achieving fulfillment in a timely fashion, difficult. I want to make sure you get your rewards when I promise with the hopes of getting them to you much sooner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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