Questions about Music Crowdfunding?

I shut this blog down in the fall of 2014, but I still seem to get emails about how to run a successful music crowdfunding campaign.

If you have questions, feel free to send them along, but I always recommend that people have a look at the Launch & Release web site — the guys there are the pros from Dover when it comes to this stuff. Follow their guidance and there’s no way to fail.

That’s a Wrap: Music Crowdfunding is Toast

toastIt’s been a great run, but the time has come to close down the Radio Crowdfund shop. I simply can’t find decent music on Kickstarter or Indiegogo any longer and PledgeMusic is a thinly veiled old school record label doing a great job of administering album pre-sales and laying off the development costs on the bands and artists they carefully select to participate. And I can’t find any good music there, either.

Bottom line is that I feel like I’ve witnessed the rise and fall of music crowdfunding over the last 18 months. It used to be easy to find great new artists and their music on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But the heady days of Amanda Palmer ($1.2m in 2012) are a distant memory and the vast majority of music campaigns on the big three platforms these days are pathetic, unrealistic, and for the most part unsuccessful. Don’t get me started on the countless artists who have never followed through on what they promise to their backers or themselves. They raise thousands of dollars and then… nada.

The music crowdfunding campaigns that do get traction are either religious-themed or, more often than not, have raised plenty of money but have only a few backers — some don’t even hit the Kickstarter minimum of 10 required to display them. The math never works out to anything but a few wealthy contributors (thanks, Mom and Uncle Joe!) and zero track record. I have nothing against religious types and it’s great when family can chip in, but the music related to these campaigns? 100% Grade Z awful. And I double dog dare you to disprove that statement.

Kickstarter, June 2014: "Join us on our journey to create a GREAT Indiegogo campaign"

Kickstarter, June 2014: “Join us on our journey to create a GREAT Indiegogo campaign” by The Carbines

With the precious few projects that have more than 25 backers (and believe me, I’ve lowered that number every month), my critical ear comes into play and again, I find the music frightening. These artists or bands are superb at networking and have clearly channeled their inner street preacher, but damn, can they not play, hold, or record a listenable note.

Back in June, I saw this campaign and the gears began to slow: a faux duo named The Carbines crowdfunding on Kickstarter to create “a GREAT Indiegogo campaign.”

bandrumAnd when Kickstarter (“Projects must be honest…”) let this one into the mix last week, Kurt Quinn’s very funny “Bandrum” campaign to raise $28, I knew it was time to call it a day. Like this project, the major crowdfunding platforms have become a music industry joke.

OK! Over and out. Thanks for the memories. I hope you have enjoyed the music I’ve surfaced from the bands I discovered before it all went to hell. See you in the funny papers…


Dead Air, Bike Thief, Flannel Graph

new-profile#77. Zero, zip, nada. Nothing worth reviewing this week — over 700 campaigns on Kickstarter, a few hundred more on Indiegogo. All shyte.

So… this post contains two great songs by bands previously reviewed here who have crowdfunded their latest music, both efforts released in the last month. Let’s see what happens next week.

First, let’s check out campaign updates, see who’s made it and who needs it.
> HARE AND THE HOUNDS: $2480 of $2500, 1 day. Who’s got a twenty?
> MARIE DANIELLE:  $2200 of $2500, 9 days. Very close.


BIKE THIEF (Portland, OR)
ALBUM: Stuck in A Dream
TRACK: “Kiss the Light”
SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Our live sound has been described as having elements of Arcade Fire, Built to Spill and The Fleet Foxes, all in one.”

lineFLANNEL GRAPH (Kalispell, MT)
EP: Ribs of Adam
TRACK: “Your Best Mistake”
SELF DESCRIPTION: (About first EP, Five Foot Three) “The songs are an intimate and folky expedition through various characters and Smith’s own eyes as a young female lacking in height but not in heart.”

Wrap. Thanks for listening in and be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates, kick-worthy campaigns, and great new music discoveries between now and next Thursday night.