A Kickstarter is many things, like a diving board, a high wire, a social stream, and a push out the door.
When I created my first Kickstarter project in 2011, I was completely naive to what exactly I had done when my project "went live." The process of being kickstarted was an education in accepting generosity and kindness from others. It was like my doorbell kept ringing for thirty days and when I answered the door, there was a new package with a note that read, "You can do it! We believe in you!"
Let me tell you more about Kickstarter if you're new to this process. When you fund a project, you are asked to pledge an amount. Whatever amount you pledge, you'll see there are rewards connected with your pledge. An example here is that your pledge of twenty dollars allows you to pre-order a physical copy of this very album you are funding.
That means, to raise the money needed to pay for studio time, production, instrumentation, mixing, mastering, printing, and promoting this album, this Kickstarter needs backers!!! If three hundred people donated twenty dollars, the project would succeed and the reward for each backer would be a pre-ordered copy of the album. If we do not reach our goal, you will not be charged through Amazon Payments and this project will not be funded. So it's an all or nothing model.
If you've stuck with me this far, there are a few things you can do to help.
The most important ways to help are these:
You can become a backer and share this journey with updates, pictures, and future gifts arriving on your doorstep!!!
You can share the story with your own community and help spread the word!
I will warn you as someone who has backed more than few projects herself, helping kickstart others is addictive. Generosity, I've found, only gets better with age. Kind of like songwriting ;)
Thank you for kickstarting me.
See you on the other end!
Risks and challenges
This is a lengthy endeavor and it occurs in chapters. Even though we're recording some of these parts live, we'll be tracking, adding, changing, and sculpting a group of songs that are cohesive and happily housed together in one place. I foresee this project taking months, from the first day we enter a studio to receiving boxes of freshly pressed and printed albums in the mail. As I did in my first kickstarter, I'll keep my backers in the loop and part of the process. Let's make an album!
If we exceed the amount of $6,000, every single penny used beyond production and duplication will be used to professionally promote and share this collection of songs. Mailing the albums to folk oriented radio shows, sharing the songs through an already planned summer tour (more to come about this), applying to folk festivals, and cultivating new connections with online tools are ways I hope to spread the word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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