“I’ve got your back.” Local musicians hold this phrase near and dear.
Recently, this phrase literally got kicked into a new definition with the help of the very able pep-rally/fundraiser web site, Kickstarter. According to Kickstarter’s mission statement, it is “the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. [It is} a new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownernship and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project. [It utilizes] all or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.”
This small-risk backing enables local artists to tour, replace stolen gear, fund events or put out a record. Fans no longer have to solely attend a show to pay cover or throw down for merch. They’ve got the new option of kicking a little dough to their favorites through Kickstarter. Notable recent Milwaukee participants and projects include the most-recent Global Union event, Milwaukee’s/Brooklyn’s Pezzettino’s/LMNTlyst’s recently-released LubDub, and Peter J. Woods’s forthcoming release. Check out current local music projects to help, *here*.
And add local pop composers, Eric & Magill to the roster of local Kickstarters who seek a little boost. The duo’s upcoming vinyl pressing of their currently-acclaimed All Those I Know, is set be realized by local label Ten Atoms. The project needs just a little help from all those they know, and the band is willing to hook their supporters up with some of that vinyl for the love. Ryan Weber (Magill) of Eric & Magill launched the site yesterday and you can link up to that, *here* as well as listen to some music on their Bandcamp page. Weber and band mate Eric Osterman say, “To date, our record…has only been offered up as a digital download. We have been humbled, flattered and amazed to receive so many messages from people who have been enjoying All Those I Know and are hoping to get the record on vinyl…we are done dragging our feet and are hoping to get the funding to fulfill the dream of see All Those I Know spinning on a turntable.”