No Record Label, But Amanda Palmer Raises Over $100k In Just Six Hours On Kickstarter
from the what-are-people-complaining-about-again? dept
We’ve certainly written about Amanda Palmer’s many success stories on this site before — including her celebration of the fact that she finally got dropped from a record label two years ago. Since then, she’s done a bunch of fun projects, more or less going musically wherever she suddenly felt like going (all without the meddlesome hand of a record label demanding she do things its way). These experiments have been quite successful, and also quite lucrative. But she decided it was time to do a “traditional” studio album again, and put together a full orchestra to help, while also planning to make the physical package she sells totally and completely worth buying by including all sorts of original artwork with it.
So… of course, she turned to Kickstarter to help put together funds, seeking $100,000 in 32 days. Instead, she got it in SIX HOURS. Damn. As we’ve noted, the success of Kickstarter as a funding platform is making it easier and easier to fund big projects, and this is yet another example of that. If you have a semi-decent following, you might question why you’d ever sell your soul to a large company for an “advance” again.
Once again, it seems that lots of artists are figuring out cool and creative ways to make money these days, even as the old industry continues whining. Of course, what’s notable is that these new ways don’t seem to involve those old industry players — or their ridiculous deals where they get the copyright and keep the vast majority of income.