Daytrotter has announced a new feature that allow direct payments to artists from their members annual fee. Annual members to Daytrotter can select a band to designate $5 of their annual fee to. On the purchase page, all they have to do is write the band’s name in a box located right before they confirm. Bands can choose to have the money go directly to them, to a charity or use this feature to help raise money for a tour or wherever else they could use the help. Also, they've redesigned their site to make all shared links frictionless, meaning that if a link to a session is shared on Facebook, Twitter or a website, fans will be able to listen to that session for free, without needing...
Harpist Timbre who has worked with The Chariot and more has started an IndieGogo campaign to help fund her new double album, Sun and Moon. The sun disc will feature songs written by Timbre and her band and the moon disc will feature a variety of classical music that she's written, from a harp and oboe duet, to a piece for full orchestra, choir, harp, and solo soprano. Even though they'd like to raise 20K, they've set the goal at a respectable 10K. If you've got a few minutes, give it a look and help out a great musician.
The idea for this project comes from my own personal experience of recording bands for years (and being recorded myself) both in and out of pro audio environments. There is a huge gap between the "we just formed a band and need a demo" level and the "I am an established artist ready to go into a real studio environment with a producer and record a full length album." There are very few options for entry level artists to produce examples of their work to shop around and get gigs, and thus they end up spending thousands of dollars to record a CD when they have not had a chance...
In February I started recording, without a record deal or any sort of plan in place, completely on my own resources. I recruited friend and Fountains of Wayne drummer Brian Young to lay down some drum tracks and before I knew it we had the record tracked. Then came the question of how we would finance it; pay the people involved, get it mixed and mastered and out.
I Fight Dragons have raised $50,000 in 36 hours to fund their new album/vinyl release via Kickstarter. As a result, they have added additional "stretch goals" - whenever the campaign reaches a new milestone, backers will receive additional rewards for their original contributions. For example, the $20/double gatefold w/ companion graphic novel has become a triple gatefold w/ companion graphic novel, fold-out poster, fluorescent blue vinyl, a 7" picture disc shaped like an 8-bit fireball, and an exclusive flexi-disc with a thank you and secret music.
"Over the past few months we've been looking at the best way to structure our marketing endeavors as we look to grow," wrote Mom+Pop label head Michael Goldstone in a statement. "It became obvious to us that Robbie was the most qualified to run it. We stand in a time where the line between marketing and online has shifted to be one in the same, and Robbie’s keen knowledge of both arenas makes him the perfect choice for this position."
Metro Station have set up an indiegogo campaign for a new EP. I'm not one to usually make jokes about these things ... but shouldn't some of that "Achy Breaky Heart" fuck-you-money help fund this? Or did they boot that guy out of this band? I'm confused. Anyway ... um ... yeah.
i've spent many years touring with my chemical romance as their keyboard player and over those years i realized that i am without a doubt, a silly person, i write silly music, say silly things, i generally have a very absurd look on life. Reggie, is how i share that silliness with all of you. I've always been honest with my music. Whatever goes on in my life i write music about.
BandPage has launched "Experiences," a new service that allows fans to buy music, concert tickets, lessons, face time, and other unique "experiences" from some of their favorite artists.
For $150, users can guarantee five minutes and a photo with George Clinton. A 30-minute guitar lesson with Black Label Society founder Zakk Wylde via Skype costs $2,500. And two tickets for that side stage view of a Stars' show will set you back $100.
This support helps out with all the costs of touring the country and makes my touring experience better, for your show experience to be awesome. The perks are over there to the right of your screen, and as you can see the more you help contribute, the cooler the perk is. Shout outs, skate, photos, be side stage for the show, and customized songs just for you. All these perks and more are just a few mouse clicks away! Your generousity helps with gas, food, lodging, and ever rising costs of touring.
Bruce Springsteenwas honored as the MusiCares Person of The Year, and the tribute concert featured Elton John, Tom Morello, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons and others playing classic songs by The Boss to raise money for charity. Springsteen also auctioned off a signed guitar, but the auction wasn't going that well, so...
Springsteen took the microphone and upped the ante, throwing in a free guitar lesson with himself as the teacher, a ride in the side car of his Harley, eight tickets to the E Street concert of their choice, a backstage tour and lasagna made by his 87-year-old mother, Adele. A woman from New Jersey snapped it up for $250,000, then proceeded to kiss Springsteen on his lips.