Back in 2012, singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer hit crowdfunding giant Kickstarter for not only her first studio album, but also a tour and art book. Originally seeking $100,000, Palmer took home over $1 million thanks to nearly 25,000 backers/fans.
Now, Palmer is back to crowdfunding, this time using platform Patreon for her new project. According to the Guardian, the musician is inviting her devoted fans to pledge to pay as little as $1 to more than $100 every time she posts a new song, video or piece of writing to her “patron-only” feed on the website.
Palmer wrote on her campaign’s website:
“If you’re a fan of mine, and really want to support me in the creation of new songs, film-clips/music-videos, long-form writing and more random, unpredictable art-things (comics? podcasts? who knows)… this is your chance.
“I’ve been struggling since i got off my label in 2008 to find the right platform for ongoing support, through which I can release constant material (and get paid). I think this is it. Last year was eaten writing and putting out ‘the art of asking,’ and this year I want to GET BACK TO MAKING ART.
“I have lots of plans, lots of projects, lots of ideas for videos. I want to get back into the studio with John Congleton (who produced and engineered ‘theatre is evil,’ the Kickstarter record, and just WON A GRAMMY for his work with St. Vincent). I want to finally get to Berlin and make a collection of songs in german. I want to do the same thing in Paris, and make a bunch of french-language recordings.
“I’ve gotten to know myself. As a creator, as a songwriter, and as a recording artist, I thrive on instant gratification and a direct mainline to my audience without having to go through labels, distributors, the machine, the mass media. I love making things and INSTANTLY sharing, and I know my fanbase: you’re smart, kind, supportive, future-embracing people.”
Various rewards for funding the project are the following:
- Those who pledge $1 when Palmer releases new music will be given access to a “Patron-Only Feed.”
- Backers who give $3 will be emailed “keepable, playable, readable downloads”
- Fans who fund $5 will be given everything above plus a random surprise
- 30 patron who fund $100 or more per item will become Palmer’s “inner circle.” They will receive all the above rewards along with guest-list entry to all her gigs.
Since its launch, Palmer’s campaign has raised over $8,000 from nearly 800 backers.
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