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My name is Shwa and I'm an independent songwriter. I'm working on a new album that I think is really great, but I need some help finishing it! Read more

New York, NY Indie Rock
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This project was successfully funded on August 28, 2009.

My name is Shwa and I'm an independent songwriter. I'm working on a new album that I think is really great, but I need some help finishing it!

New York, NY Indie Rock
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WE DID IT!!!!
OMG! We made it to our original goal of $3500! With this money we'll be able to mix and master the 7 songs we've already recorded AND print the actual CDs!

Since we still have some time before the project officially ends, and some people told me they still want to help, everything we raise before the deadline will go towards recording 2 more songs and turning this E.P. into a full-length record!

This has been an amazing few weeks for me, and I'm completely taken back with everyone's generosity. I can't tell you how lucky I feel now.

Shwa
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Hey guys,

Over the years, a lot of people have asked how they can help with my music, and I've always been reluctant to take them up on it. I try to rely on hard work alone, but I think this new CD I'm making is something special and I'm worried it won't see the light of day without a little help.

I've saved up enough to cover most of the recording, but I'm looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of mixing, mastering, and printing the actual CDs. In exchange, I'm giving away some really cool prizes like personal iChat concerts, living room concert parties with ice cream (or sorbet), a horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park, and an acoustic cover of any song you choose. There's even an option to basically just buy the new record in advance which will help make sure we make it in the first place.

Already my friends at Arcadia Creative donated the project video above and my grandpop gave me a $50 check, so we're well on our way!

I'll be posting exclusive videos and music for sponsors over the next few weeks. If you have any other ideas for cool prizes or videos to post while the project is going on, let me know, and please pass this along to anyone you think might want to help. I've been extremely lucky to have such supportive fans, and even if you can't help this way, I hope you'll keep listening and spreading the word.

Thanks!
Shwa
http://www.shwamusic.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/shwa4

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    12 backers

    I'll send you mp3s of our unreleased Warehouse Studio Concert and our first single from the album "Brooklyn Girls." You can see all our exclusive donor web updates too!

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    17 backers

    I'll send you a digital copy of the album a week before it comes out. So it's kinda like buying the CD before we finish making it!

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    30 backers

    I'll send you an autographed copy of the new CD before it comes out and a handwritten thank you note!

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    11 backers

    I'll send you all the stuff above and your name will be listed in the liner notes as a "Hardcore Sponsor"

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    7 backers Limited (485 left of 492)

    Shwa Prize Pack! I'll send you a Shwa Panda Bear t-shirt and our limited edition "Come On" vinyl single. We only made 500 and only have 492 left! You'll be listed as a "hardcore sponsor" and get all the other stuff too of course.

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    5 backers All gone!

    I'll send you an original shwa drawing on the back of a diner menu. I took art classes when I was 12 years old, so you know it'll be good. And you'll get a prize pack too!

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    3 backers All gone!

    Mix of the Month Club! I'll make you a mix CD of my favorite songs and mail them to you each month for the rest of 2009. It'll probably include lots of Pulp and Travis! Plus you'll get all the other stuff. Thanks for the idea Ryan!

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    1 backer

    Shwa prize pack AND a random object from my house! Really this is just cause we sold out of all the other $100 prizes, but I've got lots of cool things lying around like books and stuff!

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    1 backer All gone!

    Let's watch an episode of "Full House" together. You down? You'll be listed as a "hardcore sponsor" and get all prize pack stuff too!

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    I'll leave you a sexy phone message! (and I'll send you all the other stuff too)

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    1 backer All gone!

    NYC Only--Two guitar lessons by me! Learn how to play relatively easy chords and maybe even solo. It's gonna be fun!

    You'll still get the autographed copy of the new CD, mp3s of Warehouse Concert, Shwa T-shirt, vinyl single and be listed as a hardcore sponsor too!

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    Everything I've ever put out prize package! You'll get a "Shwa es Bueno" Beaver t-shirt, "Shwa Sounds Good to Me" panda shirt, "Robot and Ghost" baby tee, two limited edition Shwa posters (Shwa Warhol and Baby on a Dinosaur), the "Come On" vinyl single, a "Shwa f'n rocks" button, "Just a Thought," "Click Track," and "Chop Chop" CDs, an autographed copy of the new one, and you'll be listed as a hardcore sponsor in the liner notes of the new album!

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    I'll do an acoustic cover of ANY song you want. It can be Rod Stewart, it can be Boyz II Men. It can even be your own. This is one of my favorite things to do so I'm hoping some people pick this!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Come tour the studio with us. If you feel like coming out to Brooklyn you can even clap on the record!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    I’ll write a song about whatever you want. And I’ll try to make it really good too. It can be for a wedding you're going to, or maybe you want to propose to your friend. You should do it! I'll make it really sweet!

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    Ice cream party! Or sorbet if you're lactose intolerant! I'll play a show in your living room the next time I'm near your town and I'll bring ice cream for you and all your friends. You can even make the setlist. If you live near NYC, we can do it this month!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I'll take you on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I'll name the album after you. That's right. It'll be something like, "Thanks for everything Mrs. Rowengardner" or however you want it listed.

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