In this age of free downloads and disposable music, there are still artists out there who put a value on their work. As they should. Studio time doesn't just grow on trees, you know. It costs money to make your dream happen, and for many independent artists the funding just isn't there.
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But that's where the website Kickstarter
comes into play. With the tagline "A New Way To Fund & Follow
Creativity," the website allows people to post projects online that
need financing and random people pledge to donate money. Sounds simple enough, but there is a
catch--project creators must meet their monetary goal in pledges by
whatever deadline they set or they get nothing. That all-or-nothing
approach might be a bit daunting, but no one ever said that hustling
One artist who is utilizing the unique concept of Kickstarter to raise
the funds to complete her album is Brooklyn-based
songstress Collette. She released her debut, Experience Collette, in 2008 and she's nearing the finish line for her sophomore set, entitled Revolution, but needs some more ends to make it to the end. Through Kickstarter,
she has already raised a little over $2000 to date but needs to reach her goal of
$3000 by June 1st in order to get all of the money that has been
pledged to her. Check out this video of Collette explaining it all right here.
If you're still not convinced to donate to Collette's cause,
then maybe a free download will sweeten the pot. She's offering a
freebie of the song "You Don't Know" straight off of her debut
exclusively to SoulBounce visitors in the hopes that you'll help her to
reach her goal. Press play below and let Collette take you on a sultry
soul ride. If you're feeling this and want to hear more, bounce on over to Kickstarter and leave an offering in her online collection plate before June 1st.
Collette: "You Don't Know"