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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.
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.
As Derek Miller points out, supporting local music is not a good value proposition. There is a significant investment in time (driving to the venue, giving up a night, etc.), expense (gas, cover, etc.), and credibility dollars invested from dragging a friend along with you. If the show wasn’t great, you feel burned.
When was the last time you walked out of a show and said, “That show was terrible but at least I’m supporting local music.”?
I never say that.
Who filters their playlists / Pandora stations for exclusively local music (if that’s even possible)?
There’s a big reason ‘local music’ doesn’t mean what it used to mean: The Internet. Look, I can see why checking out the local music scene was a big deal in the past.
Discovering new artists before they got big was only possible locally. Local artists were the only ones you had a reasonable expectation of interacting with and fans want to have a relationship with their favorite artists. If an artist was known to anyone from a distant state or country, it’s because there was a significant promotion and distribution investment in that artist by his or her label. Today, people rarely go through the effort to go to a bunch of local shows to discover the next big thing because of the large investment of time and money and there is so much crappy music in any local scene.
Now, people can scour blogs, take recommendations from Rdio or Spotify, or listen to a Pandora station to discover new artists (for free!). The location of these artists is inconsequential. Artists can distribute their own music cheaply all over the globe and interact with fans directly via Facebook, Twitter, or various other social networking sites. Being local no longer matters.
Being good, memorable, remarkable, or surprising matters. Engaging your fans matters. Having a solid live show matters.
Remarkable artists are gathering small numbers of fans all over before being ‘discovered’ by labels. This presents an interesting new problem for small artists though. If their fans are scattered across the country and they don’t have the critical mass for a nationwide tour yet, how can they get on the road and engage their fans live?
This is the problem we’re trying to solve at GigFunder. Let the fans decide which ‘local’ acts they want to see without being limited by the geographic location of new artists.
We are very excited to announce a brand-new, innovative way to see your favorite bands in your own city: GigFunder!
GigFunder is a crowd-sourcing web service that helps bands raise money to tour in the cities where their fans want to see them. Think about it: in today’s world, bands anywhere can amass a giant number of fans all over the globe, but frequently don’t have the money to tour, especially to smaller towns and venues. Now, instead of saving up thousands of dollars over many months, bands can collaborate with their fans directly, bringing bands to the cities where their fans want to see them!
It’s a bit like traditional crowd-funding services, allowing fans to pledge money to campaigns, but here is why GigFunder is different (and better):
- Artists don’t initiate campaigns on GigFunder, fans do. The amount that needs to be raised for each campaign is determined by the expenses and distance of each band (input by the artists). For example, if a band is based in New York, a fan’s campaign for Chicago would be cheaper than a campaign for Los Angeles. Each campaign fits each unique touring opportunity.
- Fans never pledge money for a campaign that will not directly benefit them. Fans pledge money to bring artists to his or her own city! One of the drawbacks of traditional funding sites is that they aren’t tailored to the unique challenges of a music tour. With GigFunder, a fan is guaranteed that his or her contribution is only used toward a concert in that fan’s city. With GigFunder, any city is a potential destination!
- Most importantly: No risk. Fans are only charged if the campaign raises enough money to be brought out to a certain city. Bands only spend money if they have enough support from the campaign. If not enough money is pledged, nobody loses a penny.
We are in the development phase now and will be providing updates throughout the development process. Please subscribe and follow us on Twitter (@GigFunder) to keep up to date!