Kickstarter is a great way for acts to finianzie and check people’s opinion on new projects; also great for fans to help their favorite acts and learn about new ones. Here are a couple of music related ones to check out and maybe support.
Austine Troubadours are a Medieval and Renaissance music group that plays songs from Italy, Spain, France and Balkan countries, on period instruments. The group includes Renaissance lute, baroque violin, early woodwinds, harpsichord, and many other instruments that I have never heard of along with voice. This albums will include Italian monophonic dances from the “British Library” Manuscript, “Cantigas De Santa Maria” from a collection attributed to Spanish king Alfonso El Sabio, French Renaissance dances from Attaingnant editions, and a few of the oldest examples of songs and dances from Serbia and Macedonia. The album will try to recreate the sounds and spirits of Medieval Mediterranean.
They are looking for $3,000 and already have $1,819 so far. Sponsor levels include getting the CD, an invite to the release party, name listing in the album booklet, dinner with the band, and a private concert (for those in central Texas area). They have 15 more days to reach their goal.
The Slants are an Asian synth-pop band from Oregon with a big following in the anime fandom. In the last four years they have played over 350 shows all across the US and Europe at anime cons, dive bars and tropps overseas. They need new a new touring bus. They travel for several months out the year and needs something that can handle the intense touring. They have already spent most of their money on their latest album and now are looking for help from their fans who have helped them since the beginning.
For $10,000 they can get an old shuttle bus and renovate it for touring. They will also not have to use a trailer anymore and invest money into their stage show. More funds will go to an even better vehicle. They have already got $4,232 with 14 days to go. Various donation levels will get you digital albums, CDs, special songs, personal shout-out, t-shirt, other merch, tour DVD, original art, personalized song, private concerts, and more.
The one man band from Rochester, New York Worm Quartet (a.k.a. Shoebox) has played on both the Dr. Demento radio show (with the most requested song of 2004) and a core member of The FuMP is now releasing his long-awaited next album. He has collaborated with Sudden Death and MC Lars. In 2007 he won a Logan Award for his song “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp.”
This Kickstarter is to fund the mastering of the albums, license the one cover song, cover printing of the albums, and other assorted costs.
Donation incentives include buttons, downloads, CDs, bonus discs, and exclusive USB flash drives mounted in Atari cartridges and loaded with the entire Worm Quartet discography (available only through this project).
(NOTE: This is a prototype…the final product will look slightly different.)
Prizes for high levels include personalized songs Worm Quartet/Devo Spice house concerts.
He has already reached the $1,300 goal he was looking for, so he place a stretch goal of $2,600 to buy a new keytar. He passed this as well. Now if he raises $4,400 he plans to upgrade his “studio” with new equipment. 14 days left on this one too.
Swing Goth has hosted several different events over the last five years like The Bowie Ball, a San Fran and NYC Burton Ball, Gaiman vs. Moore, and others. They were chosen Best of the Bay in 2009 and its various events have been covered in over 30 newspaper articles, including: New York Times, New York Post, SF Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly. Recently they did nighttime events as part of the steampunk con, Clockwork Alchemy. Now they want to do a whole steampunk music festival.
They are planning to have two stages, over ten bands both national and local, vendors, belly dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, and a raised dance floor for partying. They will do all this if they raise $3,000. If they get $4,000 they will add ferries to take people between San Francisco and their venue, Craneway Pavilion, allowing you to travel to and from a steampunk event in a boat. At $5,000 they will add a boat from San Jose. At $6,000 they will start announcing national level bands. Raise enough and they will put the bands on the boats.
Bands that have already said they will play the event include Abney Park,Vernian Process,5 Cent Coffee,Blue Rabbit, and Vagabondage.
With 14 days to go they have only raised $737. For supporting you can get bumper stickers, badge ribbons, a silk cravat, dance instruction DVD, shopping bag, metal badge, hair clip, seed pod bag, hat pin, necklace and earring set, ticket to the show ($40 level), dance levels, and various outfits fitted to you.