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|Thoughts On Kickstarter? |
Kickstarter.com is used to help"fund and follow creativity"
All Hope Is Gone
It really started getting publicity after Tim Schafer put up a Kickstarter for
an as of yet unnamed project; he soon received over 3 million dollars in
Portrait Of An American Family
Now many bands, especially electronic groups, are considering using the
site; it seems like a logical thing to do.
|3||A Perfect Circle |
Mer de Noms
I take issue with the amount of money being asked however, for those who
are into the current dubstep scene Figure, a man known for releasing his
tracks free of charge, put up a Kickstarter for a new album. Having only put
out singles this came as big news, the issue lies with the amount being
|4||Nine Inch Nails |
He wanted $15,000 for a new album. A man who has produced and
released many of his hit singles for free wanted $15,000 for an album that
he would write himself, just like his singles, and then more than likely sell to
So other than the issue of consumers buying a product they helped pay for,
in a literal non-tax payer way, why is this much money needed for
something the man can obviously do the majority of by himself?
|Obviously that was just an example, but a band I'm friends with is considering doing Kickstarter as well citing new costs so it made me think of this. |
|musicians and kickstarter is nothing new dawg|
|fuck kickstarter fuck musicians|
|I know they're not new, but the amount differs; in this case it's one producer looking for 15k to do what he's already been doing for free, it's a bit baffling. |
|2 is the best manson|
|@Metallic - it's soon becoming one of my favorites, though it probably won't pass my number one it definitely is better than I had thought it would be; the lyricism and melodies are catchy. |
|Well, let's break it down. That much money is needed because a very large portion (usually about 50% until you get to extremely high donation amounts) of that money is going to pay for the rewards for backing the project. So he's left with about $7,500 - $9,000. Then kickstarter takes a small cut, which I'm not going to add into these figures because I don't remember the percentages off hand. Assuming there's a discount for recording a full album with a studio, recording an LP will cost around 300 a song or $3,300 for an average album. Put an extra grand towards quality mastering and he's left with 4-5.5k. About half of that will most likely go towards printing the CDs (let's say he prints 5,000 copies for $2,500) and the rest would be used for advertising and promoting his release. |
Basically it's letting fans become an artist's "record label". It allows complete creative control and allows him to enjoy most of the benefits of a label. And BELIEVE IT OR NOT most people enjoy supporting their favorite artists, especially when they get something in return.
|Thanks for the breakdown, as I didn't know how the money was broken down. I continue to be amused at people buying something they already paid for, and also the fact that he could produce this himself seeing as he is, afterall, a producer with a dedicated studio. |
All that aside the refutation of traditional record label - artist relationship is an extremely nice perk, and I oh so love creative control.
|So as an artist that's my best guess of how it's broken down. If he is a producer and has a studio that amount might be a bit... puzzling but that's probably a good ballpark figure. And if you look in the perks section I'm sure most of them come with a copy of the CD free.|
"All that aside the refutation of traditional record label - artist relationship is an extremely nice perk, and I oh so love creative control."
Yeup that's the part of the site I love. Now if only I had people willing to give me 15k. :P
|I know right? I guess with a large enough fan base the amount of money for a project is rather high, and I really like how game developers are using the site to make games true to their older counterparts (Wasteland 2 for example). |
|Well usually the artist puts up rewards for donating, so in theory if you donate say $20 and get a shirt +cd, you're basically donating +buying the finished project, so it's not so much that you're paying once and then buying again, but more just paying once|
|Commenting on point 5 I am|
|Fine, take away all my points with logic! |