Hello my dearest friends, family and supporters --
First, I wanted to tell you that I've missed you! My sweet husband, Michael and I have been traveling all over the country playing my music, seeing so many new faces, and experiencing so many new cities for the past 2 years! Being a full time musician has always been my goal, and even though it has its tough moments, we really feel like we are living our dream. We've been able to completely support ourselves as independent artists, without a record label.
Although there are many positive aspects of being an independent artist, there are definitely down sides as well. The main thing that holds me back when it comes to pursuing my career is finding the funding to make it all happen. EVERYTHING in music is expensive, and as an up-and-coming artist, there aren't many opportunities for me to make the kind of money that I need to cover the extensive costs of making a record.
I've written a handful of new songs that are so very important to me and fully explain where I am in my life right now. I've been thinking and writing about love (as usual), but for this first time in awhile I've been writing about life, about growing up, about traveling, about friendships--and I love singing about these things. I'm so passionate about these songs, and I want to turn them into a record!
So here's where you come in...
In order to make a record this summer WE NEED (and want) YOUR HELP!
Sadly, making a full-length record is incredibly expensive, mainly because it takes a LOT of work, a LOT of time, and requires the skills of the most talented people. Record labels often give artists over $100,000 to make an album, but I've found an amazing producer who has committed to a price that is much more affordable to us--we need $30,000 in order to make this album happen.
Here we are at KICKSTARTER.COM -- It is a place where you can safely donate money to a creative project that you believe in, and in return the artist can offer incentives and rewards for your donation.
So if you'll take a look to the right, there's a list of incentives and rewards that I've posted for anyone who wants to be a part of making this record! I've spent a lot of time trying to make these things feel incredibly special, because I believe that if you are donating ANY of your money to help me accomplish my dream of making a record, you should receive something priceless and exclusive in return.
You'll notice there are some exclusive "Kickstarter Backer" items like a t-shirt, an art print, a coffee mug, and the chord book that were designed specifically and only for you backers. ALSO there are some special items like the the Skype call, the double date, the house show and the songwriters day that are unique because we'll get to spend some time together. It boils down to this -- I'm not just looking to take your money, I want to give you something FUN, valuable, and enjoyable in return. I want you to ENJOY being a part of this process just as much as I will enjoy (and be incredibly grateful) to make the record.
So if you would like to make a record with me, just click the "back this project" button above and get started.
THANK you for reading this post and considering donating some of your money to make this music come to life. ALL Kickstarter backers will receive exclusive updates about the whole recording process, insider information on the songs and the album, a digital download of the new album before it comes out and a digital copy of an unreleased song.
However, HERE'S THE CATCH. If we don't raise all of the money in the 40 days, I DON'T GET ANY OF THE MONEY at all. That's right, none of your credit cards will be charged, and I'll have to cancel the studio time.
So if you do decide to give, it would help me infinitely if you would also help spread the word! Anything works from email, twitter, facebook, to phone calls or gym conversations.
If you're unsure, but you think that you would buy the album once it comes out, you can always donate $10 (the price of the album) to my Kickstarter, and you will receive MORE than just the album. So you can see it like a pre-order with some perks (unreleased songs, email updates, etc).
Even if you can't give, which I understand, please help us spread the word!
That's all for now! Thanks so much for your time, and
LET'S MAKE A RECORD TOGETHER
p.s. For those of you who have never heard my music before and are interested in taking a listen, check out the music video for my song "Found A Heart"
CLICK HERE TO HEAR SOME OF EMILY'S MUSIC
Also, here's a sneak peek at some of the rewards that I have hand-designed just for you!
Risks and challenges
If my project is funded, we will go into the recording studio from July 1-July 19. My part of the recording will be done at that point, but then several other important aspects come in to play before we can get the album to you, and then release it. First the producer will finish any recording, then the songs will be mixed and then sent to mastering. The final step will be getting the album duplicated and shipped back to us. At that point (we are estimating around September or perhaps August) we will be able to send your packages to your house.
From the moment you pledge until October (the month we are hoping to release the album) we will be keeping you updated with every aspect of the recording process and the status of your rewards.
It is possible that somewhere along the way we could get set back from our timetable, but at the very least we will be releasing the album before the end of 2014, and NO MATTER WHAT you will receive your advanced digital copy of the album before we release it to the world.
One of the main obstacles we will face when it comes to getting you the physical rewards to you is the Post Office. It's expensive to ship, so we definitely want to ship everything in your package at once (rather than sending them as they come in, which would result in multiple packages to individual backers). So your physical rewards will come at once, as soon as possible. I've already designed everything from the tshirt to the mug and the print, and I've set up a printing time to make these happen quickly. But it is true that mail can get lost, or it's possible that it could get back logged. In addition to that, it depends on the number of backers we have on how quickly I can get all the rewards out. So it is possible that you might receive your physical rewards before OR after the public release date. I will do everything in my power to get them to you beforehand.
When it comes to the rewards that include some quality time with me, THE SOONER YOU CONTACT ME TO SET UP DETAILS, THE SOONER IT CAN HAPPEN. We're counting on you guys to provide us with the information we need to mail you your rewards (accurate addresses, email addresses, and responses when we send you the kickstarter survey concerning your sizes for t-shirts etc). If we cannot reach you, we cannot do our part to make sure you get what you paid for. So we will try our very hardest to make sure no disconnects happen, but we would be so thankful for you keeping your information updated and readily checking your messages.
I'm working alongside a dedicated team of people working hard to make this album happen with excellence, which includes keeping you extremely updated on how your money is making my dream possible, and getting your rewards to you as soon as we can. Thank you so much for your time and your effort to make this record possible. I can't wait to make his record with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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