Archive for September, 2012

will crowd funding work for me?

September 25, 2012

Terre Roche (formerly of The Roches) wrote an article in the New York Times describing her experience with Kickstarter, and then with Indiegogo. She and her band Afro-Jersey, failed to meet their goal. I guess we can’t all be Amanda Palmer.

She comments on the changing role of the independent musician, noting that her job seemed to consist of sending thousands of emails, checking for contributions and responding to friends/fans who sent money to the Kickstarter campaign and to a “wave of e-mails with sad tales of illnesses, lost jobs and stock-market horror stories.” Songwriting and rehearsing are on the back burner now.

a “wave of e-mails with sad tales of illnesses, lost jobs and stock-market horror stories”

She ends the article with this:

In a recent interview, Woody Allen revealed the astonishing fact that he has never sent or received an e-mail. It occurred to me that there are only two types of people alive today who have the luxury of indulging themselves in this manner: the very, very wealthy and the homeless. In the age of “Occupy” divisiveness, it’s nice to see a common ground between those two groups.

Read her article, called The New Busking here.

You can find a related story, featuring the crowd funding experiences of several artists, including The Physics, Amanda Palmer and Terre Roche on NPR. Listen here.