The KickStarter Dilemma. Is It High Tech Begging or Pre-Selling?

Kickstarter crowdfunding is the latest trend in the music industry and episode #36 we discuss the pros and cons of this resource for independent artists.
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Kickstarter has been around since 2009 and only just recently it has burst into the view of the mainstream internet user. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since its launch more than one and a quarter million people have pledged $130 million to projects by creators who always maintain full ownership and complete creative control of their work.

But there is a stigma associated with the crowdfunding model in the music industry. That  Kickstarter is no more than begging for money from friends and relatives. In this episode of the Nashville Tech Feed we dive into the topic of Kickstarter and crowdfunding. Independent author Brett Henley joins us to discuss his Kickstarter project and share his experience from start to finish. Also in the conversation is Artist manager and entertainment attorney Eric Griffin with the music industry perspective.

In the second part of the episode we go over the upcoming Podcamp Nashville 2012 which is April 14, 2012 Downtown Nashville.

As always we end the show with what media we’re consuming.

Runtime: 1:09:00

Show Notes

About mdave

David has been using computers to create his visions since the early days of the Apple II. When the world wide web hit he dove in head first learning HTML and building his first websites. After spending a few years at a software services firm in Milwaukee he moved to Nashville and shortly after the Music Industry grabbed hold. He joined the Country Music Association as webmaster designing, building and managing the CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival and corporate websites for the 8 years. He started their social media reach-out and when he left the CMA could reach over 50,000 fans directly. David currently freelances by day, codes by night along with producing/hosting the Nashville Tech Feed a technology podcast. David was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 140 people in the Music Industry to follow on Twitter. , Facebook and Twitter