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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 09:34 AM
Don't know if this was posted already - Mike is looking for funds to produce solo album.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikemattison/untitled-not-so-secret-mik e-mattison-solo-album


 
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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 12:52 PM
And it's fully funded already! Although you can still contribute.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 01:11 PM
Bet someone got themselves a private Scrapomatic show. I the thought/dream did cross my mind! Good for Mike. I'll still kick in some too.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 01:30 PM
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Bet someone got themselves a private Scrapomatic show. I the thought/dream did cross my mind! Good for Mike. I'll still kick in some too.

Not yet. You can see how many people have contributed at each level. The $100 category is almost full, but nobody's pledged $1,500 for a private show so far.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 01:49 PM
Not trying to be smart here, I guess maybe something I am missing, but why would he be looking for funds? I assuming he probably has done alright with his years with Derek.
Seems odd.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 02:24 PM
I'm sure he's done alright for himself, but that doesn't mean he can lay out unlimited funds for a project. The Kickstarter page says the $5K will help finish recording and other work on the album, which makes it sound like it's already underway, and will help reimburse people who come to record with him and do things like that.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 02:40 PM
I'm wandering if the request for funds is some type of "Likeability" gauge.

"How much interest is there in my music"?

Sweet marketing tool, especially if most of his financial needs for this project have already been met.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 05:39 AM


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I'm sure he's done alright for himself, but that doesn't mean he can lay out unlimited funds for a project. The Kickstarter page says the $5K will help finish recording and other work on the album, which makes it sound like it's already underway, and will help reimburse people who come to record with him and do things like that.


Hmmm ..... still seems odd. I have never heard of professional musician doing this. I guess if I need more money for something, I would pick up extra work, part time job, maybe a loan if it was bad enough, save a little more, etc.....

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 06:06 AM
It's not odd anymore, its is the way many things get done in 2013.

Tons of people are going the fan funded route these days. Ben Folds Five's last album was done that away. Zach Braff (who raised over 3 million) and Adam Carrolla are both funding movies the same way.

It's not like they are asking for money for nothing. The people who donate are getting something in return for their investment all the way from a CD up to a private performance with the music people and from a DVD up to a part in the movie with the other.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 09:44 AM
Braff's use of KickStarter was pretty sleazy in my opinion. But yes, crowdfunding is becoming more and more popular as a way for unknown or non-global-superstar artists to finance their projects. There are lots of sites that do this for for-profit projects and for charitable causes (IndieGogo, etc.). It's a pretty cool concept.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 10:48 AM
Toad the Wet Sprocket who sold a bunch of albums in the early/mid 1990s are funding their new album this way. Glen Phillips should have made a bunch of money during that time but they were on Sony and who knows whether the major label ended up being a good thing for them, financially.

The initially asked for $50K and have continued to ratchet it up to $250K and at about $188K now. As they keep hitting new thresholds, fans are getting new acoustic records, a live EP etc and even a basic donation gets you a copy of the album before it's released.

I guess it covers their costs of doing the album and people who "donate" are getting stuff in return. Yeah, I bet Mike has the cash in his savings account to float the record, but this makes sure he doesn't lose on it (or not too much).....people are sort of pre-paying for his album in a way. Different, but I get the concept.

 

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  posted on 7/19/2013 at 05:19 PM
People have asked for capital for all sorts of ventures for a long time. Today it's a little more visible and for smaller amounts it's easier to collect more $20 bills than a few $1000 bills. Makes sense to me...if people agree with or want what you're creating, they'll invest. There's a site called quirky (or something) that let's you get in on product development and design and reap a portion of the dividends if the product is a hit. I read about a couple funding fertility treatment costs. I don't think you get visitation rights or anything...just a chance to help out if you're so inclined.

good luck to Mike. Music to my ears that he has a project brewing.

 

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  posted on 7/19/2013 at 11:31 PM
Randall Bramblett's last cd was funded via Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/276139176/randall-brambletts-new-cd

 

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  posted on 7/20/2013 at 12:17 AM
Somebody did book one of those private Scrapomatic gigs. I guess 15 or 20 of us could've pooled our money and done that instead of bidding separately- oh well. Anyway Mike has raised close to $10,000 now. I'm looking forward to seeing who he brings in and how it turns out. I know he likes Taj Mahal a lot, and it'd be fun to hear them together.

 

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