My name is Angela Correa from the band Correatown. Thanks for helping us take part in such a vibrant and creative kickstarter community.
Mike, Rob, Jenni and I have been making our new record “Pleiades” over the past year. Everyone involved has contributed so much heart, energy and effort. I wrote many of the songs over the course of 2009 and 2010. I personally feel these recordings are the truest expression yet of the music we’re making. Now we must figure out how to pay for the many expenses involved with making our record and putting it out.
In addition to taking lots of time and planning, making a record is a pretty damn costly endeavor. Budgets for record making and release vary, but our costs are approximately: Producer, Engineering & Mixing Fees: $12,000 Studio, misc. costs: $3000 Mastering: $2500 Pressing CDs & Vinyl: $3000 – 7000
We’re setting our goal at $10,000. It’s not nearly the entire budget of what it costs to make and release our record, but it will make a GIGANTIC dent!
There are lots of other costs to release a record, after years of making music, touring and self-releasing I can tell you that it makes a huge difference. Touring expenses: $6000 - $10,000 + (depends on length of tour/regions) Publicity: $5000 - $10,000 Promotional CDs/EP: $2000 Radio Promotion: $3000 Merch (Tshirts, Posters, etc.): $1000
Our plan is to secure a September release slot for “Pleiades” with an Indie Distributor, this is to get our album in your local record shop. Building up to September, we’ll have a big grassroots promotional push: lots of calls and mailings, May/June 2011 touring, and a promotional May 2011 EP. By September we’ll have extensive US touring, record release events, record shop in-stores, press/radio push and possibly touring in the UK & Europe in late Fall. We have a great new manager (We LOVE you Lisa!) and awesome booking agent (YAY! MATT!) to help all those pieces fall into place.
All the while we’ll be working on new material and thinking about the future! It’s a big beautiful cycle and making music is what I love most. All of us in Correatown love making music. And we love when people get excited, share our music with their friends, buy albums and come to shows! It makes the whole dream possible.
THE FUN PART
My friends suggested making a Kickstarter project to help get our album out before another year slips by trying to pay for it. At first, it was difficult to imagine asking for pledges. Then I realized this is an opportunity for everyone that has always encouraged and supported our music to be an essential part of the story, by getting involved at a fundamental level! We hope our project video conveys the same spirit as our music. Jenni and I made it ourselves!
We’ve tried to dream up original and handmade pledge rewards… things that will hopefully be special to YOU, our potential Backers. There will likely be many weekends sewing, assembling, and performing songs via skype- but it’s worth creating something unique! YOU are helping us realize our dreams! We would rather send YOU original beautiful one-of-a-kind patches, tea towels, t-shirts, and artwork anyday than send stuff to credit card companies. We are so excited for everyone to hear “Pleiades” and look forward to playing our songs for you at our live shows while on TOUR! If we come through your city, please DO send me an email before so we can say HELLO. I promise to take that moment to grab your hand and give you my most sincere thanks for your time and your support.
YOU ARE THE REASON WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Love, Angela (and Rob, Mike & Jenni from Correatown)
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