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.
The details of what she's offering are, as you might expect, quite interesting as well. All too often, it feels like people seem to think that all you have to do is "put it on Kickstarter." And, sometimes that can work, but it helps to have cool options. Amanda's offering has a lot of cool goodies and opportunities (including live events) for backers, allowing them to self-select in to how they'd like to support her. A lot of the offering is vinyl focused, which isn't that surprising, given the renewed popularity of vinyl these days, but also the ability to do more artistic work in combination with a vinyl release. Of course, not everyone has a record player... but they've got that covered. At some of the higher level packages, they'll include a USB-enabled Crosley turntable which they'll custom-paint
for you, making it awesome
Also, with this project, Amanda announced a new project called Loanspark
, which is kind of like a Kickstarter, but as a loan
, where the money gets paid back (assuming it's made up) and the "interest" isn't monetary, but creative. This is definitely for larger amounts, but you can see the listing of options
, which include things like getting a home concert (or for a charity) or a work of art created by Amanda. Who knows if anyone will take her up on it, but it's another interesting idea worth watching.
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.