PROJECT UPDATE JUNE 16th:
Thanks to your incredible support, we reached our stretch goal this morning, with pledges still coming in (the campaign officially ends at 10 pm tonight)! Now I'll be able to send every contributor not just the complete Fire In The Night album of 12 songs (parts 1 and 2), but also another new studio album later this year. THANK YOU so much for your help in contributing and sharing. I'm blown away by the response I've received for the campaign, and from the messages I've read from so many people along the way.
Since we have made the stretch goal, for the rest of the day you can take advantage of knowing for sure that you can get the next 2 CD's for $15 (along with the other rewards if you are interested in them). I am so happy to be able to give back in this way!
Again, THANK YOU!!!
PROJECT UPDATE JUNE 10th:
I want to thank so many of you for supporting me in my Kickstarter campaign these last two weeks! With your generous support, I have actually exceeded the initial goal of $8000, which speaks of your commitment to me and to all the Lord would bring forth in this season. In setting the initial goal, $8000 was the minimum needed to accomplish the things that were right in front of me. Having achieved the initial goal with one week still left in the campaign, I now have the opportunity to set a "stretch goal" which would allow me to create even more to give back to you.
My new goal is to reach $12,000 before the campaign ends this coming Sunday night. If we can achieve this together, I will be able to fund a new recording of a full studio album outside of the Fire In The Night 2 EP discussed in my campaign. And it will be sent FOR FREE to everyone who contributes to the campaign, on top of any thank you packages they've selected. All the current contributors will receive this at no extra cost (digital download contributors at $6 or more will get the extra album for free via digital download when it's released, and anyone pledging $15 or more in any thank you package will receive the full CD in the mail for free). So, no matter at what level you've contributed, if we can reach $12,000 by Sunday night, you're going to receive an extra 12 songs.
I've never seen any campaigns offer something like this as a stretch goal on Kickstarter, but I'm excited to try to make this goal and give back more than anyone expected. I'm incredibly thankful for everyone's support, and my way of contributing back to each one of you is through music (since it's what I know!). I have discussed things with my family and producer, and everyone is on board and able to make this happen by or within January 2014. All contributors to my campaign will still receive Fire In The Night and all the thank you rewards in September 2013 as planned, and this extra album is above and beyond all of that! If we reach $12,000, this extra studio album will also include any songs co-written with the $1000 contributors, so anyone who has an ear for a melody is going to be able to hear the fruits of their labors very soon!
I asked for your help with my campaign when it started, and now I ask for your help once more in achieving this stretch goal. Sharing this page and Kickstarter campaign is just as important as your financial contribution… so please email, share, or post as much as you can to help me achieve the new goal! I would love to hand everyone two new albums for their contribution, and I'm excited to be given the opportunity to try to reach this goal! Thank you so very much!
Thank you for visiting my fundraising campaign! My name is Julie Bernstein, and I'm a singer-songwriter and worship leader based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two years ago, I released my first album "Out of the Deep" after a long absence from music. This project chronicled my long journey from tragedy back to accepting music into my life again (the lyric video for the album's title track is below). Since then, I've released "Awaken Me," an intimate piano-vocal album, and "Fire In The Night Part 1," an EP of studio tracks showcasing my latest songs. I've also toured across Virginia, playing my music in churches and live venues, for friends and strangers, always excited to share a musical moment with someone new. My core team consists of my producer, who handles all the sound aspects of the songs, and my family--my husband Matt and two children, who do everything from help manage my schedule, to help with my live events, to just make sure I have enough space for creativity.
The time has come to release the second half of my "Fire In The Night" project, and to take my tour further into the US--this time playing venues across the Midwest throughout the month of July. Record labels or tour management are not really an option for me--my music doesn't fit into a "corporate" structure, and I want to stay independent so I can truly connect with people along the way. I can't do this without your help, though! So, I've created a budget for finishing the "Fire In The Night" album and embarking on my July tour for $16,000.
Between my producer and my family, I've been able to fund the first $8000 of this budget myself, but I need your help for the second $8000. If we can raise the funds for this second half, I'll be able to finish "Fire In The Night Part 2" and deliver it to you. July is right around the corner, so this is on the fast track! There will be no waiting an extended amount of time for the rewards… if we can successfully fund this project, you can have new music on your doorstep this summer.
This $8000 will be used for the post-production of the album (mastering, duplication, graphics) and to help with the logistics of the tour (van rental, hotel stays, radio promotion for the shows), split fairly evenly between the two. So, whichever you enjoy--listening to studio recordings on CD, or connecting to the energy of a live event--you can greatly influence each outcome.
If we don't reach $8000, the project will not be funded, your credit card will not be charged, and no prizes will be sent out. So please help me in achieving this goal! How can you help?
-Take a look at my "Thank You" pledge packages in the right sidebar of this page, and choose your favorite! You can pick from Fire In The Night limited edition packages, my complete set of signed CDs, personalized songs, writing my next song with me, private concerts, and more.
-Help spread the word by sharing this fundraising campaign through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn, blogs, email, texts, or even a phone call to a family member or friend! Sharing this page with just a few people you know can make a huge difference in helping me achieve this goal.
I consider every one of you my partner in this musical journey, and I can't do it without your support. So, please join me and let's make some beautiful music together!
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Risks and challenges
My core team and I have been at this long enough to know how to bring a project in on time, as well as manage a tour with no hiccups. So, the finished album packages will be sent out before the end of the summer, with no delays! Any rewards on the list that are time commitments (private concerts, co-writing) will be set up with all parties before the end of the summer, no matter when they happen (co-writing for my next album would likely take place closer to the fall, for example).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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