Introduction and Explanation:
Hey guys, my name is Kaleb Stock, and I am a singer/songwriter who is working my way through college as a Junior Piano performance major. I am here to tell you about my EP (which is kind of like a mini album) coming out this April. I’m really excited about this project. Today I want to share a little of that excitement with you, by telling you how you can get involved with helping me kickstart my career and making this EP a reality.
How you can help:
So how can you help? That’s the big question for today. For starters you can always go check me out on Facebook, “like” my page, follow it for upcoming shows, and telling ALL your friends about me.
But… as far as funding for the EP is concerned, checking in on my Facebook page doesn’t solve all my problems financially. So to help with this exciting project I need your aid by donating some of your own hard-earned cash. Now, I’m a hard worker myself, and I know how tight money and budgets can be. So today I want to give you a really basic business plan to show you just where your money will be going because I personally don’t like donating money to causes unless I know where the money will be going and if it will be put to good use. I’m sure you can relate to that.
I would really appreciate your support in helping me get my dream off the ground. I love music, and I love making new music. It is my hope that in watching this video and reading what I have to say, you can tell that I am serious about my career and also very passionate about this EP. I challenge you to give my music a chance. I’m sure you’ll agree with me; it’s my passion and it’s what I am cut out for.
So what’s in it for you if you donate?
Good question. This is where the beauty of kickstarter.com comes in. Kickstarter.com is set up so that no money is exchanged until after the set deadline. Plus, unless we meet the goal of $5000, no money or incentives are exchanged. And when I say “incentives” I mean that there is something in this for you too! I wouldn’t want you guys going home empty-handed with nothing to show for helping me out with this project. On the right side of the kickstarter page, you will find a whole list of sweet incentives, including cup coasters, limited-run posters, prereleased downloads of the EP, and even an up-close and personal live concert in your very own living room! All these really cool opportunities and many more are right there for you and can be yours if you simply decide to donate.
Where does the money go?
As you may know recording is not cheap—unless you want it to sound cheap—so here is the plan…
- Recording costs
- Mixing and balancing
- Packaging and replication
Recording: which will run around the neighborhood of $1000 a day.
Mixing: After all the tracks are recorded, a sound engineer has to go through each song checking all the levels and mixing each song to blissful perfection. This process can take many hours of meticulous listening.
Mastering: After mixing is done, the tracks will need to be mastered. I plan on sending the EP to diskmakers.com for that, which runs around $400.
Packaging and Replication: Finally we have packaging costs, which, for 1000 CDs, will run around $900.
So now that we have a basic understanding of where the money is going, what if the money goes over the given goal? Well, here’s the part I’ve been anxiously waiting to share! All the extra money goes into more tracks! Yes, more music on that CD! My original plan was to release my first full-length album in April, and I started the project last summer (2011). But after costly learning experiences and valuably gained knowledge of the music industry, I am left to the mercy of your giving heart in this project. Therefore, the more money we can raise, the more songs I will put on this CD.
What if I don’t have any money to give?
That’s all right, I’m sure you have friends you can share this with. If you really don’t have even a dollar to spare but you still really want to help, you can! Here’s what I would challenge you to do; up at the top of the page is the share button. Share this page with just five of your friends and ask them to do the same. You could be creating an almost endless cycle of awesome support! :D
*Make sure to get your free complimentary download of my single “Love In Motion.”* (link at the top of the page)
The End and Final Thanks:
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to listen to my proposal. I hope that our shared time has inspired you to help out with this exciting adventure! Whatever you can afford to donate is greatly appreciated, even if it’s only one dollar. Thanks again! Enjoy the tunes!
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