So here we go.
Welcome to the “minimum viable launch” of Crowdfunding For Musicians, a blog on the way to a book about Crowdfunding Music by Clyde Smith!
Thanks go out to Bruce Houghton at Hypebot where I first started writing about crowdfunding music. I’ll be continuing to periodically write about crowdfunding there as part of my overall focus on music tech and diy/indie music.
I should also thank Tom Giles at StageBloc who’s been a source of insight and support as I worked my way to this project from one or two others. He’s never once called me a flake!
And, last but not least, thanks go out to Benji Rogers at PledgeMusic for creating an inspiring album campaign and fanfunding service and being a general force of positivity.
Crowdfunding For Musicians will focus on crowdfunding music, unique crowdfunding campaigns and ongoing gathering of insights into what’s working. Some things work now, different things will work later. Hopefully we can stay on top of it as this phenomenon continues to grow.
For now I’ll be focusing on music crowdfunding as developed by such companies as Kickstarter and Pledge Music. Eventually I’ll be adding more on equity crowdfunding in which contributors receives a share of ownership. I will include donations platforms when appropriate. Based on the current state of microlending, I am unlikely to cover such platforms but, if you see something interesting, hit me up:
Thumbnail image: “the audience is shaking” courtesy Martin Fisch.