Kickstarter’s first head of music, Molly Neuman, announced on Friday it hit a new crowdfunding milestone. The portal has helped 25,000 music projects successfully secured their funding targets. According to Neuman, 22,702 independent creators behind the projects have recorded albums, funded tours, founded labels, premiered musician documentaries, and created new instruments. Two million backers from around the globe have helped the projects come to life by giving $175 million.
While sharing details about the milestone, Neuman stated:
“We’ve seen culture-leading work from artists like Amanda Palmer, genre-defining releases like De La Soul’s Grammy-nominated And the Anonymous Nobody, and blockbuster projects like Ozma Records’ Voyager Golden Record reissue. Artists like Ted Leo, Julia Nunes, and Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton have all used Kickstarter to connect with loyal fans, build new audiences, and create work on their own terms — an empowering and vital way to strengthen their careers. We’ve also seen Kickstarter alumni garner 20 Grammy nominations over the years. The debut album from Roomful of Teeth, Mike Farris’s Shine for the People, Jo-EL Sonnier’s The Legacy, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s first studio recording, and Presidential Suite from Ted Nash Big Band have all received the music industry’s highest honor. In doing so, they’ve demonstrated the power of community to elevate less-recognized, but artistically critical, genres like jazz, contemporary classical, and folk.”
Neuman also noted that as part of the milestone she and her team decided to shine some light on a few notable musician that backers can support right now, which includes Kate Nash is currently seeking funds on the crowdfunding portal for her fourth album, Greg Rub is recording jazz composer Frank D. WAldron’s lost work, TwoSet Violin is looking to fund their world tour, and songwriter Emma McGann is creating her new album, B.R.A.V.E.
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