Friday, July 9, 2010

Creative Fundraising

I'm on a short vacation from Thursday July 8th until Monday July 12th. I've prepared some posts in advance so that you don't miss out on the blog :)

One of the things I really like about the Creative Commons "universe" is that artists are often really creative - both in what they produce and in how they promote their work.  Part of it is necessity, because these artists have to work extra hard to get their voice heard above mainstream music.

I Am Not Lefthanded is a band that is doing something really cool.  They're trying to raise £15,000 in order to record and release a full-length studio album.  They've been doing some neat things to raise money but this is one of the most interesting concepts I've ever seen that they just announced: "Investment Incentives".  Here are the details from their press release:

Every £1 invested gets you two tracks of the album and a share in the album sales (think stock-market) and for £5, you're pre-ordering a full copy of the album, with your name in the credits!
 
But for more serious investors, I Am Not Lefthanded are offering a list of thoughtful and intriguing incentives to tempt the music mogul inside you that's just itching to get out.

They've made a video pitch to persuade you to open your hearts and your wallets that you can view here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4YRVTgcFO8

And here's the full incentive list:

£1 - Two tracks from the album
£5 - Download copy of the album, plus your name in the credits
£10 - CD + Download
£25 - I Am Not Lefthanded T-shirt and Socks
£50 - Special Edition Box Set, including bonus acoustic CD
£100 - Signed Box Set + Live DVD + Personal Thank-you letter/video
£250 - They'll come cook you dinner, or bake you 3 different kinds of cake
£500 - They'll write a song for you, or record a cover of your favourite song
£750 - They'll play a private show for you & your friends
£1,000 - You get to sing or play on one of the album tracks, or star in one of their videos
£2,500 - You'll be involved in all decisions regarding song choice, artwork, early mixes, studio visits, merchandise etc.
£10,000 - They'll name you Executive Producer and give you 10% of all royalties, including record sales, publishing rights, soundtrack placements, comic-book adaptations and more for two years from the
date of the album launch.

If you like what you see, go support these hard-working indie-popsters:

http://www.iamnotlefthanded.com/slicethepie.html

As well as these incentives, the band are posting a Thing A Week on their website and facebook page - these range from live tracks, videos, covers, new material and other oddities.

Find out more here:
http://www.iamnotlefthanded.com/

I don't think they're going to come cook for you if you don't live in the UK, but you never know - this band seems like a fun, spontaneous group.

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