We are putting the finishing touches on this video for GigFunder. When we’re finished, we’ll put it on our site, but for the time being, we thought it would be cool to share it with everyone. Check it out!
GigFunder’s first funded show happened over the weekend!
Cowgill’s fans pledged money to bring them out for the Chicago leg of their summer tour. The show went down at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago and it was awesome. If you ever get a chance to see Cowgill live, do it.
American Revival is a self-described, punk-country band from Minneapolis. This isn’t your standard Nashville-style country at all though. This is an amazing combination of driving rock guitar, dynamic lyrics, and just a bit of twang thrown in that softens the vibe and makes the music just that much more relatable.
We actually had the chance to see American Revival live in Chicago and were blown away by their stage presence. American Revival brings energy that sucks the crowd into their every whim and direction. Girls are dancing. Guys are wishing they could be in the band. It’s a good time.
onelinedrawing is the brainchild of Jonah Matranga of San Francisco. Jonah has had over 30 releases in his career. Most recently, his amazing fans helped fund a re-recording of the album, Visitor. Now, through GigFunder, he’s giving his fans a chance to bring him to their city to see him perform live!
If you haven’t heard of him, you should really check him out. For an industry that has been criticized of being devoid of passion and emotion, onelinedrawing is a breath of fresh air. Think: indie with a punk undertone.
Jonah has been featured on albums with a wide range of artists, from Lupe Fiasco to Deftones. Check out his website. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re into it, bring him to your city on GigFunder here!
Cowgill is a Boston-based indie rock group. Cowgill’s new EP, Side One of Planted, will be released May 17th. The EP was lovingly funded by the band’s growing fan base. Check out the laid back vibe of “Plans” on the Cowgill’s Bandcamp page. It’s catchy, but there is an underlying suspense built up by the violin throughout creating a dark vibe comparable to Dr. Dog or Wilco.
This is the perfect opportunity to get in on the ground floor so you can declare, “I knew them when…” at some point in the not-so-distant future.
- Your first available date to tour (fan-driven tours only). Fans will only be able to create campaigns until 60-days, or 2-months, prior to your first tour date. For example, if your tour launches on May 8th and your first tour date is July 8th, fans will have one day to create campaigns. Fans will have 30-days to fund those campaigns. If your tour launches on May 8th and your first tour date is August 8th, fans will have 30-days (until June 8th) to create campaigns.
- Pledge Awards must increase in value with the pledge amounts. This is a PayPal requirement. They don’t want to support a ‘donation’ system, so the value of the tickets must increase with the awards. For example, you couldn’t offer one ticket to the show for $15 and also one ticket for $25. You’d have to throw in another ticket or album or something for the higher pledge award.
- Successful tours will be the ones with the most creative pledge awards and campaign videos. You don’t have to do a video, but, if you have the time, creating a video gives fans a new way to interact with you, provides legitimacy to your tour, and has been shown on Kickstarter to be a primary contributor of success. Cool & creative pledge awards are also a great way to get more pledges. Some of you have had some really cool ones so far. I’m excited to see what you come up with!