What Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s album funding via Kickstarter means for an Amanda Palmer fan.

17 May

This video makes me smile (and will let cha know what I’m talking about in this blog post):

I could talk about the funding of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s new album via Kickstarter in the terms of how it is going to affect the future of music and it’s creation and distribution but there are already a lot of blogs and discussions out there and they say it so much more eloquently than I can, and they actually know what they’re talking about.*

I want to talk about what this means for me as an Amanda Palmer fan.

As far as I’m concerned the reason Amanda Palmer has such a loyal following and fans who are actively fans is because she actually cares.

Although I go on about Amanda all the time, I do listen to and love other music but I just don’t feel as close to it, I don’t have as much of a passion for it because I don’t feel as close to the creators. And although I don’t know Amanda, I’ve barley met her (she gave me a hug once… yeah you’re jealous), I feel like I do. But its not just the connection to her that makes us avid fans, through her you feel better connected to the music, there is a sense of insight into it. I’m not saying all other musicians hate their fans and don’t encourage audience participation, i’m just commenting on the way Amanda does it because, to me, she does it best. The more you can connect with the art the better it is. And on top of that she makes some pretty fucking good music.

This Kickstarter funded, this fan funded album gives us yet another chance to feel part of something, part of her world. It means instead of having the influence of big record label employees who don’t know what it is to be an Amanda Palmer fan, the album is influenced by the people it matters to the most. And don’t even get me started on the rewards! Amanda Palmer house party here I come. If more artists were willing to get down with the fans then the world of music would have much happier people in it.

So, as an Amanda Palmer fan I urge you to back her on Kickstarter. She is the future of music, but not just because she is funding her album on Kickstarter, but because she has involved her fans in her art. Click me to back Amanda.

Not an Amanda Palmer fan? Dont know if you’re an Amanda Palmer fan? Donate $1 (about 62p) to the Kickstarter and get the whole album downloaded to your computer. You’ll soon fall in love. 14,000 fans cannot be wrong.

Back Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra on Kickstarter now!

* Here are some of those articles:

Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign raises $100K in 7 hours: proves beyond a doubt We are the Media

I’m pretty sure I became a musician so I’d have an excellent excuse to throw an Art Party everywhere I went. This upcoming gallery tour is about as close as I get to fulfilling that fantasy,” says Amanda. “Wine flowing, visual art and artists everywhere, music playing loudly, everybody excited about the album in one tiny room, jumping up and down… it doesn’t get any better than that, really.” eh heh, now i’m wishing I had the funds to trekk down to the London show, Amanda please do one in Edinburgh because it sounds like heaven.

Is Kickstarter the future of the music biz? Amanda Palmer and $490K say yes.

Catching up with Amanda Palmer

This is the future of music

“Ms. Palmer is not ashamed to say “fucking” nor is she ashamed to express her love for her fans…….I confess I am not a huge fan of Ms. Palmer’s music and her stage acts. But I admire the hell out of what she’s doing.”

The problem with the future of music: Amanda Palmer and the rise of the music biz and Super PAC

How one small business raised over $300k in a day on Kickstarter

How Amanda Palmer built and army of supporters

“While you were sleeping, Amanda Palmer built an army.”

Amanda Palmer – The Queen of Fan Funding for New Record, Art Book and T-O-U-R

Crowd-funding: Viva la revolution!

“what is art once the soul is gone?”

How Amanda Palmer built an army of supporters: Connecting each and every day, person by person.

 

 

As ever I would love to hear your thoughts on this… comment below or tweet me @ChloeHenderson9

p.s. what do you think of my newest drawing ^ it’s so nice to be self-indulgent in artwork and not be doing something for uni, or other work…. ah the freedom 🙂

Chloe out.

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