It’s been almost exactly a year since I started prepping for this album, and now it’s ready. And I am too.
When the North Carolina Arts Council awarded me the 2017-18 music grant a year ago, I got in touch with my producer/engineer buddy Chris Rosser right away (probably that same hour).
It’s a year later and the record is finished. Done, dusted, and at my house. I call it Welcome to the Ether and I think this record has the potential to be heard by a lot of people.
So now for the next step: getting the CD to as many ears as possible. I’m going to do as much as I can to support and promote this record. “As much as I can” includes radio promotion, touring, and promotional materials.
Radio promotion: Radio programmers get 7 to 8 bajillion CDs in the mail every week. They don’t have the time to plow through them all, so they rely on people whose ears they trust to separate the wheat from the chaff. A good radio promoter is like that great friend who knows what you like and turns you on to new music (and works hard to keep your music in the station manager’s consciousness). It’s early yet but I’ve seen spins in Germany in Australia. This bends my brain.
Touring: Most of us folkies make our bread and butter getting our music out in front of people. It’s how we connect to you and to each other. So far I have tours in the works for Texas, the West Coast and New England. Or where you live might be good. Any leads? Send them my way!
Finally, promotional materials: Stuff like tee-shirts, buttons and posters help spread the word and keep musicians in peoples’ minds year-round. And they're cool.
I’ve never done any of this stuff before but I’m going to do it now.
If you know me I’ve probably worked into our conversation that I won the Kerrville New Folk competition (the big dog of folk songwriting contests) in 2015. Since then I’ve placed at Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower in Texas. And now the NC Arts Council’s vote of confidence and strong positive feedback from early listeners make me feel like this record can go places. I’m asking for your help to make that happen.
Any amount you can give will help, and I'll send some cool promo items your way as a thank-you.
· Radio promotion: $2000
· Promotional items: $1200
· Travel and touring expenses: $2700 (Folk Alliance Conferences, Tours of California, Texas, and New England)
· Kickstarter expenses: $500
· Shipping costs: $600
Risks and challenges
I should have the tangible rewards ready soon after the campaign ends, but I'll have to iron out the details of the intangible rewards (concerts, hang sessions, wang dang doodle at the Carolina, cover recordings, etc.) with the individual contributors. I'll do my best to accommodate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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