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Shannon ByrneBy Shannon Byrne
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Shannon ByrneBy Shannon Byrne
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$14,255
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
371
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 29 2015 11:04 AM UTC +00:00

About

For those too busy to discover new music: one song curated by a human, delivered to your inbox everyday.

**Special note**
Some have e asked if you're automatically signed up to receive a song a day by pledging. The answer is nope! If you'd like to sign up, please visit the site - we'd love to have you as a member of our community! 

Why A Song A Day matters

No robot will ever be able to replace the music-obsessed friend saying “hey, I think you’ll really dig this track.” Or maybe "Listen to Tommy with a candle lit and you'll see your future." ;) With the rise of so many music discovery resources, tools, and platforms, real, genuine and personalized music recommendations are hard to come by. 

Even as a music lover, you're too busy to sort through all of the resources available today -- the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. Algorithms are great, but they can get repetitive and rarely help you discover emerging or lesser-known artists. 

We’re your music-obsessed friend sharing great songs and nerding out about music for you! We’re here to help you discover artists who will never get radio play or be featured on the front page of Spotify. We’re here to broaden your horizons and make you smile.

Meet our music-obsessed curators

We’re 44 (and growing) passionate music lovers spread across the globe. We’re artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, techsters, marketers, students, moms, dads and writers. The one thing we share in common is our love for music and passion for finding incredible artists and sharing them with others. We’ve been doing this for the majority of our lives and are beyond excited to have a captive audience. 

With more than 440 people who have asked to be a curator, we're anxious to grow and scale this community to be something even more truly special than it already is.

Here’s a glimpse at who our curators are today:

How you can keep A Song A Day alive: why we need you

We're currently sending: 

To send these, our current process is insanely manual:

  • A listener signs up; we listen to their favorite bands and learn about their interests
  • They're matched with a curator who listens to their preferences and selects songs
  • The curator inputs links, song data, and notes into Google sheets
  • Each email campaign is manually updated and scheduled 
  • Listeners respond to the email with feedback, which is forwarded to their curator who reflect changes in their selections or reply to have a conversation about it
  • Not into your picks? Totally cool, we work with you to find a curator who’s a better fit

The emails sent look something like this: 

The future of A Song A Day

We're stoked to connect people over music, and we want to bring personalized music recommendations to everyone looking for a simple solution for discovering great music. However, we need to improve our process in order to grow our community of curators and listeners, and to deliver more personalized song picks. We need your help to make it happen.

Improvements to be made

We're asking for your support to help fund the development of a technical product that will allow us to offer a better musical experience by streamlining the song --> email --> listener --> feedback process. It will also allow us to add some of the basic but important features our listeners have been asking for, such as:

In the future: we’d like to add:

  • Choose your delivery time
  • A native player
  • Our own themed playlists
  • Special guest / influencer curators
  • Premium content
  • And so, so much more. 

**No matter how technological we get, all songs will always be hand-picked - and for now, every member will also be hand-matched to a curator.**

Your support will also help cover some of the overhead costs for running the project, including Mailchimp, hosting, databases, legal costs, etc. And the rewards of course. :) 

Without the funding, we’ll likely have to scale back until we find another solution. In the long run, I’d love to find a technical partner who wants to build and grow A Song A Day with me. If you know of anyone who would be interested, holler at me!

** Special note**

A few people have asked what exactly we're building and where the funds will go. Here's a basic breakdown of our exact technical needs that it will help fund at first. More importantly, the funds will buy us time to talk to the listeners again and to learn more about what they truly want in the service. We did this a lot throughout the last year, but the more our community and list grow, the more time gets allocated to scheduling instead of learning. This campaign will give us time to add features and test things -- time to restructure our list and process and make more accurate matches. It will fund the attention this project deserves. 

Rewards

How to get involved

Sign up to receive your personalized, hand-picked songs or apply to become a curator

How it all started

People have always asked me how I discover new music and I've happily given away my secrets, until one day I realized that few people were willing to make music discovery a routine like I had. They just wanted to know what they should listen to. With that, I decided to send my friends a song a day. 

After buying the URL, creating a simple Squarespace, sending it to a few friends, and sleeping for a few hours, I tweeted it. Three hours later, it was trending on ProductHunt with 500 subscribers.

It turns out that my friends aren’t the only ones who want and need new music. With a ton of community support, the kindness of strangers, and unexpected Product Hunt success, it grew into a real and engaged community.

What listeners are saying

Thank you!!

Thank you so much for your support. This project represents everything I am passionate about and has been one of the best things to happen to me personally and professionally. I hope that it can continue to be successful so we can share the joy of music with the world! :)

Keep in touch

Risks and challenges

We may experience a high-volume of sign ups that will cause us to reinstate a waitlist as we build the product that will do away with the waitlist for good.

With building any technical product, setbacks happen. Although we hope for smooth sailing, sometimes glitches are out of our control. We'll be sure to communicate the build-out of the product as it progresses!

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    Two Songs A Day

    Donate $2 when you sign up and we’ll send you a second song each day from a different genre of choice until you tell us to stop. This does mean two emails a day for now, but that will change once we have a product built!

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    You're The Best: That's why we're going to send you an A Song A Day sticker and hand-written thank you card.

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    Custom Playlist: A playlist of 10 songs curated just for you based on your interests and/or hobbies from an A Song A Day curator.

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    NEW - A playlist of A Song A Day hits based on your favorite genre

    Tell us your favorite type of music and we'll create you a playlist of the top 20 most popular songs from one or two of our relevant micro-genres that we think you'll love!

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    Meshell Ndegeocello Bundle

    Renowned artist Meshell Ndegeocello is sharing an A Song A Day exclusive of previously unreleased song “Harvey” and a six-song handwritten playlist with explanations of why she loves each.

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    Limited Edition Poster: Receive a limited edition A Song A Day poster just for Kickstarter backers designed by illustrator, Sunny Eckerle (sunnyeckerle.com), who designed our logo!

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    NEW - Signed 7" from The Cribs + A Song A Day Tote & Poster

    Get a signed 7" vinyl copy of signed “Burning For No One" by the band The Cribs (thecribs.com)! Plus, an A Song A Day tote, poster, and stickers!

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    Tote Bag: A Song A Day tote bag + thank you card with A Song A Day sticker

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    NEW for Boston-based music lovers: Two tickets to a Fenway Recordings Session of your choice at Brighton Music Hall!

    Upcoming shows include:
    Nov 1 :: Big Freedia
    Nov 4 :: Lido w/ Tunji Ige
    Nov 15 :: Family of the Year w/ Kaleo
    Nov 18 :: The English Beat
    Nov 24 :: Health
    Nov 25 :: The Flamin' Groovies

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    Skip The Waitlist: Skip the A Song A Day waitlist to receive your songs asap!

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    Curator Hangout + Custom Playlist: Have a 30 minute Skype or phone call with an A Song A Day curator to geek out over music and learn more about their music discovery process. They'll also create a 10-track playlist just for you based on your conversation.

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    Daytrotter & A Song A Day Package + Skip the Waitlist: Complimentary access to a 1-year subscription with our partner Daytrotter + a curated playlist from Daytrotter Founder, Sean Moeller + bypass the A Song A Day waitlist.

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    Insider Access: Become an A Song A Day Insider. Get early access to all new features and premium content introduced on A Song A Day. Get a special badge on your future profile.

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    Cover Song of Your Choice: Have a cover song of your choice recorded by the band Fish and Wild Life or all boy/all girl just for you.

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    Singles Club & A Song A Day Package + Tote: Complimentary access to a subscription with our partner Singles Club for four 45s / year mailed to your door + a curated digital playlist from the singlesclub.fm team + A Song A Day tote + thank you card with sticker.

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    Vinyl Me, Please & A Song A Day Package + Tote: Complimentary access to a 3-month subscription to Vinyl Me, Please (a vinyl delivered to your door each month) + a curated digital playlist from the VMP team + A Song A Day tote + thank you card with sticker.

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    Be a Guest Curator + Tote: Curate for your genre of choice for a whole week, sharing your favorite tunes with A Song A Day subscribers + an A Song A Day tote + thank you card with sticker.

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    Super Reward: Insider Access + 30 min Skype or phone call with the founder to geek out about music + Tote + Customized Playlist + Skip the Waitlist + Thank you card with sticker.

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    Concert with A Song A Day Curators (*New York only*): Join the founder, Shannon and a few A Song A Day curators for a concert in New York. We'll even treat you to pizza and tell you all about A Song A Day or just geek out over music with you!

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    "Fan" Sponsorship Package (1-week targeted sponsorship): Sponsor A Song A Day emails to either three genre-based groups of choice or our largest, randomized group for one week. Will include a link to your company and a playlist curated by you and your team sent in each email.

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    "Promoter" Sponsorship Package (1-week sponsorship to all subscribers): Sponsor A Song A Day emails to all subscribers for one week. Will include a link to your company and a playlist curated by you and your team sent in each email.

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    "Rockstar" Sponsorship Package (1-month targeted sponsorship): Sponsor A Song A Day emails to either three genre-based groups of choice or our largest, randomized group for four weeks. Each email will include a link to your company and playlist s (4) curated by you and your team.

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Funding period

- (30 days)