What happens to a song when you take it into the studio? Add amazing musicians, a real sound engineer, beautiful harmonies, mandolin, and maybe some haunting pedal steel?
LET'S MAKE THIS ALBUM HONEYSUCKLE SWEET!
Listen and imagine the future vibrant version of these songs as they go into the studio:
Below is the breakdown of where the money goes. It goes to studio time, recording, mixing, and mastering the music, and paying my talent-rich, money-poor musician and artist friends who are collaborating with me to make this happen, and buying the actual CDs to send into the world to you, my lovely friends, family, and fans.
1) Recording: Since I already have 8 hours of recording time at the exceptional local recording studio, Echo Mountain, I want to keep it local and preserve the unity of the overall sound. The additional studio time it takes to record and the money to pay the professional sound engineer comes to $1420.
2) Mixing: Once the tracks are recorded, we will need to pay for mixing, which involves finding the best takes, adjusting levels and tone. The arrangements of my songs are relatively simple, though, so this should cost approximately $480.
3) Mastering: This process involves solidifying the levels of the entire record, putting track titles are put into place, and adjusting the amount of time between songs; it will cost a little more than $600.
4) Art & Design: Thanks to Eliza Bell Photography, I have some photos for my album already. Even though I have some material for this already, and I have a friend who is giving me a good rate, it will cost money to have someone put it together and make it look pretty, about $400.
5) Duplication & Shipping: It costs a little more than $2/cd to purchase and ship around 500 CDs with a short insert for me to write out those hearty/snarky/sweet lyrics.
6) Promotion & Publicity: Paying people with expertise to help me promote my album in Western North Carolina and the southeast region....comes to a conservative estimate of $300.
7) Paying musicians: These kind, wonderful, uber talented musicians help me grow these songs into cool arrangements that you'll want to keep spinning for a long time! I have allotted $300 to pay them.
Finally, if the campaign is a success, KickStarter takes a small percentage fee.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Will there be risks and challenges involved? Yes! Of course. Any time technology or human beings are involved, there will probably be challenges and delays. Costs and timelines have been estimated through my research with the help of my mentors.
If the project is successfully funded, I will do my best to work through any challenges or setbacks that arise, the way I have made it through challenges so far: through the support and collective wisdom of my friends, family, and community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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