We are so thankful that we continue to be able to create and share music as a band. We're thankful to have a community of people who support us, and we are so excited to share this collection of Christmas songs with you. Some of them are familiar, others brand new. We are excited because celebrating God-with-us, Immanuel, is exciting! Our hope is that as you and others listen to the album, you are reminded of God's great love for you, made known most fully in Jesus. We celebrate Christ's birth through these songs.
Part of the joy of this project is the opportunity to multiply the gifts we've been given by using some of the proceeds from this album to support MCC - Mennonite Central Committee.
From the MCC website (www.mcc.org)
"Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace. In all of MCC's programs they are committed to relationships with local partners and churches. As an Anabaptist organization, MCC strives to make peace a part of everything they do. When responding to disasters MCC works with local groups to distribute resources in ways that minimize conflict. In their development work MCC plans with community and church groups to make sure the projects meet their needs. And MCC advocates for policies that will lead to a more peaceful world."
Because of printing price-breaks* and recording costs, we've decided it makes the most sense for us to order 1,000 units of this CD. But we don't want to sell 100 copies each year for the next 10 years. We want people to hear the music! We want people to share the music! We want to raise some money for MCC, and we want you to help us decide how much that will be, so we've set our goal(s) accordingly.
When people support this project and we receive pledges to meet our goal of $3,750 (equivalent of 250 CDs), we'll donate $2 for every CD sold, contributing at least $500 to MCC at the end of this campaign. For the rest of all time, we'll contribute 13% of sales from this album to MCC.
If we can reach our stretch goal of 500 CDs ($7,500), we'll donate $3 per CD, contributing at least $1,500 to MCC at the end of this campaign. For the rest of all time, we'll contribute 20% of all sales from this album to MCC.
If we can reach our big-stretch goal of selling 1,000 CDs ($15,000), we'll donate $4 per CD, contributing $4,000 to MCC at the end of this campaign. For the rest of all time, we'll contribute 26% of all sales from this album to MCC.
And if you stretch us beyond our dreams, and you force us to re-order more CDs right away, and you move 1,001 CDs, we'll donate $5 per CD, contributing at least $5,000 to MCC this December and forever donating 33% of sales from this album to the work of relief, development, and peace done by MCC in the name of Christ.
So please, share this music with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. Share it in hope, love, and celebration of God with us.
[Note: it's not as simple as counting the number of CDs sold or the amount of money raised because of the box set rewards and the off chance that someone wants to kick in $1,000; we will keep track of both numbers of CDs sold and amount of money raised, and whichever number leads us to the higher percentage donation is the one we'll use.]
*When printing CDs (or anything) the majority of the cost is in the initial set-up, and there are discounts that come with printing in larger quantities. These are the price-breaks, and it so happens that the one that works the best for us this time around is at 1,000.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges with any studio recording are timing related; will we get all the music recorded in the allotted time? Will the graphic designer have the album artwork ready by our release date? Will the engineers who mix and master be able to fit the work into their busy schedules.
We've worked hard to combat these risks or challenges. The music is recorded, and we'll be in the studio with our recording engineer helping to mix the album next week. The week after that we have two full days blocked off for the engineer who is mastering the album. We already have the cover art in hand, and the rest of the album art is hot on its heels.
We've also kept the rewards to strictly CDs, and we've set aside a morning and an evening to process and prepare all the orders for shipping to make sure that we can get the CDs in the mail on the 12th so they'll arrive in time for Christmas.
One risk that's a little outside our control is that this timeline depends on prompt responses to surveys requesting shipping information. Those surveys will go out as soon as the project is successfully funded, but we can't control when people respond to them. Those who respond before Dec. 12 (or really, Dec. 10) will definitely get their rewards shipped on Dec. 12. Later responses will be shipped as we are able, but we've really set aside Dec. 11 as our processing day. Prompt delivery depends on prompt response. Individual backers control their own destinies on that front, so...choose your own adventure, as they say.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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