Kickstarter: the pros & cons of crowdsourced fundraising

kickstarter-logoKickstarter, the popular crowd-sourcing means of project fundraising, might not be all it’s cracked up to be. By no means am I suggesting that the site or the folks behind are crooked – nay, nay, I say. They take a straight 5% off the top, and the rest goes to the folks raising the cash. No, to what I refer is this: there’s a certain negative aspect to raising money that might end up negatively affecting one’s relationship with one’s fans.

The site’s been used to raise money for everything from movies to TV shows to books to records, and it’s in that last category that we’ll be focusing, as well as the negative connotations that Kickstarter is beginning to acquire: namely, that this is a way for bands to get folks to pay for stuff that doesn’t exist, and they’re willing do nearly anything to get your money.
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Want to be in a Dollyrots Christmas song?

dollyrotsPoppy, perky, and exceptionally cute California band the Dollyrots are recording a new Christmas song. They already do the timeless, slightly naughty Eartha Kitt standard “Santa Baby” on A Blackheart Christmas.

If you want to be included in the special new Christmas song, submit the one “little messed up” thing that you want for Christmas and it may be included in a the song “A Little Messed Up Christmas” (coincidentally, their new album on Blackheart is called A Little Messed Up).

Please email your entry, name, mailing address, and phone number to contests@blackheart.com by midnight on Friday, December 10 (that being two days from now). Winners will get a holiday card from the band and a “Happy Holidays” call from frontwoman Kelly Ogden.

Stream A Blackheart Christmas over at AOL’s Music’s Full Listening Party.