Good day beautiful Kickstarter people! My name is SassyBlack and I am a multi-dimensional musician. I have been studying and honing in on my musical skills for over 15 years, having toured nationally and internationally for the last 8. You may know me from my work as half of THEESatisfaction or my appearances on the first two Shabazz Palaces albums released on Sub Pop Records. Since starting my solo career as SassyBlack in 2014, I have released 12 projects (2 albums, 4 EPs and several beat tapes) all of which I wrote, produced and performed and available here.
I am very excited to share my new work on my third album, Ancient Mahogany Gold. This record dissects my journey into my current state of self as well as how I’m moving in the world. It deals with complex and relatable experiences through my lens as a Black Queer woman. I will be producing, writing, singing, rapping, and speaking on all the songs. I'll be taking a big step in a new direction by having special guest appearances from several talented instrumentalists. These artists will present their take on my production and experience, bringing another perspective to the story.
WHAT'S THE PLAN MA'AM? WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
In an effort to demystify the successful musician and what that looks like, I am interested in redefining the relationship between artists and fans, making it so you can directly support me and my efforts without the middle person. I am campaigning to raise $12,000 to record, mix, master and promote this album. We know the importance of music, art and storytelling in all cultures. It is also widely understood that these stories can be erased from history.
All funds go towards the production & release of my album:
- Studio Time: $1,000
- Mixing Album : $1,000
- Mastering Album: $1,000
- Guest Artist Features: $1,100
- Album Artwork & Design: $900
- Merchandise: $750
- Distribution: $50
- Marketing/ Publicity: $3,200
- Release Show: $300
- Team Fees: $1,500
- Kickstarter & Transaction Fees: $1,200
Grand Total = $12,000
REWARDS! I like receiving things, what kind of goodies do you have?
I am elated to share with you a few awesome rewards for your pledge to my campaign. There are fun musical themed goodie packs (named after some of my releases), buttons, tickets to one of my shows and of course a sweet digital download and signed CD for Ancient Mahogany Gold.
Risks and challenges
My biggest risk is not reaching my financial goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, so if I don’t reach $12,000, I will not receive any of the funds that have been pledged and may be unable to release my album.
There will always be fear in my line of creativity, but nerves are healthy and proof that we are alive. It’s more important to try, rather to give up before I give myself a chance to succeed. It’s important to love yourself and try new things! I like to push myself further & further to learn more about myself and how I can help others. That is one of the best feelings in the world, outside of making music!
The album is almost done. My team and I have researched merchandise and publicity firms. The only challenge left is the funding.With the support of you, radio and print publicists, I can make this a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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