I'm excited to announce that I have launched my very first Kickstarter campaign!! You can CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY KICKSTARTER PAGE.
I recently was face-timing with my Papa and was explaining to him what all a Kickstarter campaign entails. He asked some great questions that I thought I would spell out and explain here for anyone with similar questions about the campaign. Here it goes:
- What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life.” In essence it’s a place where projects can find investors and investors can find cool projects.
- Tell me a bit about you project?
I am setting out to make a new album. My best one yet! I’ve spent the last two years writing songs that I'm proud of and that I believe represent a cohesive body of work. I’ll be working this summer with producer Daniel Mendez (Head Above Water Music) at his studio in Austin, Texas. Daniel has worked with artists such as Heart, Duran Duran, and Dashboard Confessional. I will be hiring a band full of some of my favorite musicians who will help take my bare bone songs into full-fledged works.
- Where can I find your Kickstarter Page to donate?
You can find my Kickstarter page and learn more about how you can be part of the project here: CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY KICKSTARTER PAGE!
- How much money are you hoping to raise?
$5,000. Through outside investors and personal funds (i.e. money I saved from playing concerts), I was able to put forth the down payment to start the pre-production process with Daniel. I spent the last week of December at his studio in Austin and played him some 60 songs in 5 days. We sifted through and picked out a solid set of tunes for this record. I was very fortunate to be able to fully self-fund my last 3 albums. However this project is unlike any I’ve set out to record before and the $5,000 I am asking for is essential to get this record off the ground.
- Where does my money go?
Every dollar of the $5,000 we are setting out to raise will go towards the recording process: paying the musicians, reserving the studio, renting gear, etc. And if by some miracle there's anything left over, that money will go towards the printing of physical copies of the album and promoting the album.
- What do I get if I invest in your project?
I have set up some really awesome rewards for those who contribute to this campaign. You can find them on the Kickstarter Page. It includes everything from a download of the album before it is released to me coming to your house to play a concert for you and your friends.
- What does an “All or Nothing” project mean?
Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowd-funding site, which means that if I do not reach my $5,000 goal that I do not receive any pledges for this project and no one is charged. If the project is successful then investors are not charged until the 25-day campaign comes to an end (March 26th).
- How does the Kickstarter site make money? (Papa was very intrigued by this)
If a campaign is successful, Kickstarter receives a percentage (5-10%) of the money raised (ie: if I raise my goal of %5,000, Kickstarter will take some $500 as their fee, I will actually receive only $4500). If the project is unsuccessful, no one is charged (neither the investors nor the project creator) and Kickstarter does not make any money off the campaign.
- Is there a video I can watch to tell me a bit more about your project?
There sure is!! You can watch the video above!
If you've made it this far down in the post, you are amazing! Thank you so much for your consideration!! We have 25 days to raise $5,000! My hope is that together, with your help, we can reach our $5,000 goal, and I can begin this next season knowing I have the all the tools to make this new record the very best it can possibly be!!