Tom and I have decided to fund our new project via Kickstarter.
And I am officially inviting you to have a look and hopefully get involved.
We are recording a new CD of contemporary songs which we are aiming to have completed and back in our hands by the end of February 2015. It is the first time in more than 10 years that I have recorded an album of my own songs as opposed to traditional material, and, due to popular demand, I've also persuaded Tom to sing on a couple of tracks. Believe me, this has taken some persuasion and it is totally unjustified cos he has a beautiful voice that audiences love.
We will be enlisting the help of several wonderful musicians to fill out the tracks and to lend their expertise.
CrowdfundingIt's a very difficult decision to ask people to help out and in a way participate in a new project. In the old days we all used to keep a mailing list, and when you were getting ready to record a new CD you'd write to everyone on the list and people would preorder the album, thereby helping you get in the costs of manufacturing and promotion. Now that everything in the PR world has gone digital, crowdfunding has taken the place of this.
Crowdfunding for those of you who are new to it, is a system whereby people can donate small or large amounts to a project and in return receive the new product plus extra incentives - in my case, singing lessons, back catalogue, concerts etc.
They commit a certain amount and then at the end of the funding period, if the target has been reached, the money is deducted from your card and is transferred to us after all the Kickstarter deductions are taken out.
We've agonised for months as to whether or not to do a Kickstarter campaign for this new album and finally we've decided to go for it - take a deep breath, let everyone know about it, and hope for the best.
Kickstarter is probably the largest of the all the crowdfunding platforms and is American based - there are a couple of UK and Irish based firms as well, but we decided to go this direction.
If you like this and feel like getting involved, click on the video above to go to the Kickstarter page where you can add your support.
Thank you in advance.
This blog is Day 21 in Sarah Allen's 30 day blog challenge