Amanda Palmer: “My Kickstarter Was Terribly Budgeted”

Amanda Palmer 1Taking some time away from her career and mother duties, former Dresden Dolls songstress, Amanda Palmer sat down to discuss her experience with the crowdfunding method.

Back in 2012, Palmer hit Kickstarter for not only her first solo 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. She then decided to use the crowdfunding method once again but this time, using Patreon instead. The musician invited her 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.

While speaking about her Kickstarter to Patreon transfer, Palmer stated:

Amanda_Palmer.JPG“I really like doing things spontaneously and fast. I have this subscription system right now called Patreon, which is like a Kickstarter but with a longer commitment. I have 7,000 fans, friends, supporters giving an average of a couple of dollars. Every time I decide to do something: Make a piece of content, make a video, do a webcast, write and produce a song really quickly, make an EP of David Bowie tribute covers, I basically just press a button on the Internet and their cash flows in and I spend it on the production any project I want.”

In regards to any challenges she experienced through Kickstarter, Amanda added;

“I myself was guilty of bad budgeting. My Kickstarter was terribly budgeted. It went crazy over. I didn’t figure in shipping.”


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