The game is changing, or at least, it certainly seems that way. The internet has radically altered the way we do so many things and it appears that the music industry in falling in line.
The recent success of Amanda Palmer‘s kickstarter has thrown everyone for a heck of a loop. Raising over a million dollars in support of a brand new album, the traveling punk cabaret songstress has shown that crowdfunding/crowd sourcing may truly be the way of the future.
Kickstarter is pretty simple, it’s patronage 2.0 Back in the days of the Renaissance, patrons would fund artists who would go onto make make amazing works of art. It’s the same here. People pitch the creation of something and folks have a month in which to meet a specific deadline tor raise the funds. This could be everything from records to midi controllers to movies.
The end result has been successful for many folks and the similar sites like Indie GoGo are making a go of it as well. Cutting out the middle man and going direct to your target audience. Vancouver folkie Billy The Kid was successful in sorting for her last album and is currently trying her hand at it again with the intent of working with legendary producer Jesse Candoloro.
The end result? We’ll see in less than a month.