Woohoo!!! We still have 22 days left, and we’ve already met our goal! We feel so blessed and humbled by our fans, friends, and families.If we could keep the pledges coming, we sure would appreciate it. The actual cost of everything we would like to do with this album is $8,000.00. We set our goal lower, because we were worried we might not make it. $5,000 gets us the bare-bones of what we absolutely need in June/July, and we planned to figure out how to pay the rest out of pocket.
- If we raise $8,000, we will be able surpass simply making the album and be able to promote the album (radio, TV, press, music video, etc.).
- Also, we would love to release the album on vinyl!
- Any additional funds over $8,000.00 will go towards helping us tour with the album. The expenses in Bethesda far outweigh the income, and we try to make up the difference out of pocket because we love it!
Happy Valentine's Day Update from Shanna and Eric: Our Story
Hello from Shanna, Eric, Justin, Dan, Chris, & Jesse -
We are Bethesda, & we are excited to make a new album to share with all of you! In order to do that, though, we need your help! We are asking you to help us raise $5,000 in advance of our new record.
WHO IS BETHESDA?
Bethesda is an indie-folk rock band from Kent/Akron, Ohio made up of a husband & wife team (Shanna Delaney & Eric Ling) & good friends (Justin Rife, Dan Corby, Christopher Black, & Jesse Sloan). Learn more about Bethesda & listen to our last full-length album & EP here: www.wearebethesda.com
Here is an article that tells a little bit more about Bethesda from Ohio Authority Magazine.
NEW! Bethesda was just featured on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum site. Watch the video and read the article here.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
In all honesty, we could come up with some fancy phrasing & creative ways intended in manipulating you into helping us. However, this has never been our style. We want to be upfront & honest with our friends & fans. The reality is we are all currently working full-time jobs & trying to support our dream of playing music & helping people through our music. Our last two albums were almost completely self-funded with the help of some friends & fans. Shanna & Eric are both teachers by day & attend graduate school in the evenings. Justin is a banker by day, has a loving wife & two little girls at home, & is also in graduate school. Dan is a graphic designer by day & does life alongside his wife, Morgan. Christopher Black works at a publishing company, & Jesse is in nursing school. We could not have done what we already have without the support of our families, friends, & fans. Because of you guys, we've been able to do more than play music in our living-room in front of the cat, although he is super cute. Instead, we've been able to perform live, tour, record, & love people through our music. Between our crazy schedules & financial demands, we desire to create & perform music & share it with others. To do this, we really need your help. We will also be putting our own Bethesda money towards this project, but we simply cannot make this project happen without you guys.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?
Gas in the rig: It will take 44 hours to get to Denver, Colorado & back home to Ohio. According to Gasbuddy.com, it will cost us almost $700 in gas.
Tracking, Mixing, & Mastering (each a different, extensive part of the recording process that is equally important in making the album complete): In June, we will be traveling to Denver, Colorado to record, mix, & master the album at Mammoth Cave Studios with Tim Gerak (formerly of Six Parts Seven). We recorded our first full-length album, "Love in a Time of Tra La La," with Tim, which was the start of a working friendship with him, his wife, Jessi, & little boy, Ike. We trust Tim fully, which is why we also went to him for our 2011 EP, "Dreamtiger & Other Tails," & will be going to him for this next album even though he moved all the way to Denver! In addition, there is a possibility a few of us might have to fly back down to Denver a few weeks later to work on mixing & mastering the album some more.
Replication & Packaging: NEXT the album has to be physically made into a CD. This is the time consuming process of taking the master recording & putting it on the final CD format that will be distributed. This process involves the creation of artwork/design, CD packaging, replicating the CDs, & more. As you can imagine, the cost of these different pieces adds up quickly but is required if we hope to have a physical copy of our new album in our hand one day.
If we make more than our $5,000 goal, every dollar of it will go toward the album, touring, & promotion.
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Kickstarter operates on an all or nothing model. This means that in the event that Bethesda does not reach its $5,000 goal, all of the money that was pledged will be refunded, & we would receive no money towards our new album. Our friends who pledged towards our campaign will not receive the rewards. Unfortunately, this also means that Bethesda will not be able to record & press our new album (at least not for a long time). With all of this in mind, we have intentionally set our goal at an amount that we believe is reasonable & attainable, despite knowing that it is going to take MORE money than this to do ALL that we want to do with this album.
WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN?
Being a backer means you are actively participating in making this album. We can't do it without you, & we want you to know that you are special for helping us reach our goal. We have some really cool packages that we are giving away in exchange for your pledges. Some of these items are exclusive to Kickstarter donors!
Hopefully you find one that is perfect for you. Check over on the right to see all the donation options -->
Any pledge amount is appreciated!
HOW DO YOU PLEDGE?
Simply press the "back this project" button, & you'll be taken to our payments page, run by Amazon.com. Then you enter the amount that you want to pledge, & select your reward.
You can pledge any amount, at least $1, & choose the reward you want. Read through each tier carefully, as we've chosen some very special rewards to offer to you.
Your credit card will not be charged until our two-month campaign is finished on March 27th. *Note: It could take up to two weeks for Amazon to process all the payments.*
HOW ALL CAN YOU HELP?
1. You can pledge money to the campaign!
2. You can tell/share our campaign with YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
3. You can record a 30-60 second clip for us to post on this page explaining what Bethesda means to you (can be about the music, members, a particular moment or show, etc.), and send the clip to email@example.com!
4. You can send encouragement our way!
YOU are a major reason we can do what we do. Thank you for supporting Bethesda and our music. It means more than you know. Thank you!
WHAT DOES BETHESDA MEAN TO YOU?
We asked this questions to our friends and fans with a webcam handy. It is truly on the backs of these people that we have been able to do what we are doing, so our goal was to bring the voices of the Bethesda community into the campaign effort. We have been really encouraged by their responses! Over the course of the Kickstarter campaign we will post their videos here.
Here is how Cory Sheldon answered this question. He is a great friend and also directed & filmed Bethesda's Dreamtiger music video that you can check out on this page. He has also directed & filmed Eisley's music video Memories and their newest video The Valley.
Magen's First Bethesda Experience
This is Magen Murphey. She came out to our Kickstarter Kick Off show and had her first Bethesda experience. We are so glad that she took a couple of minutes to record her thoughts after the show. Here is what she had to say:
Jesse, Rachel and David Hasselhoff?
We are so glad Jesse and Rachel took a couple of minutes to talk about what Bethesda means to them. And yes, David Hasselhoff makes his presence known. We love these guys and are so thankful for their support! Check it out and share it with your friends.
Estee and Friends Talk about Bethesda!
Former Bethesda violinist and our dear friend Estee Beasley came out to the Kickstarter Kick Off show on Friday and brought along her friends from Grove City College. We are glad they took a few seconds after the show to put together this fun little video. Enjoy!
Alex Niehaus Shares her thoughts on Bethesda!
Our great friend and loyal supporter Alex Niehaus sat down and recorded a short video about what Bethesda means to her. We are so grateful for her constant support!
Teachers by Day
Shanna and Eric both balance life as a teacher and life as a member of Bethesda. Shanna teaches English, Women's Studies and Speech, while Eric teaches History and a Music Composition/Performance course. Striking this balance can sometimes be difficult and often times exhausting, but their ability to interact with students in meaningful ways, makes the long hours more than worthwhile. Over the years, their students have been introduced to Bethesda's music as it has become an inseperable part of Shanna and Eric's lives. Here are a few videos from their students answering the question "What does Bethesda mean to you?" Enjoy!
Videos feature: Lake Local Schools students Jordan Hulgin, Meagan Blackson, Lauren Wheeler, Kelsey and Taylor Robbins in videos 1 & 2, and Nick Butler from CVCA in video 3.
Here is our great friend, fellow musician, percussionist and occasional fill-in drummer Evan Storey. We love this guy and are so thankful he took a few minutes to sit down and say a bit about Bethesda. Enjoy!
Mark Speaks of Bethesda Days of Yore
Mark has been there from the very very beginning! We love this guy so much and are so glad he decided to put a video together. Here is what Bethesda means to him.
We would love to hear what you have to say! Just turn on a webcam and record a short video answering the question, "What does Bethesda mean to you?" Then send your finished 30-60 second video to Bethesda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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