Hello friend! Well, here I am…crowdfunding….again. To make a long story short, I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign through the PledgeMusic platform. It was awesome and thrilling and really exciting knowing that I was going to be able to fund my first full album without the burden of going into personal debt. Once we (my supporters and I) reached 100% of my goal, Pledge sent me the 1st payment in a timely manner. Cool. My band and I went into the studio right away and the digital version of the album was finished within a year of receiving the first payment. When I sent my supporters the digital copy of my album, the 2nd payment should have been scheduled by the 2nd week of January as per the PledgeMusic agreement. That chunk of money was designated to purchase/print CDs, t-shirts, posters, and for postage to mail all the packages. Every time I tried to find out when my 2nd payment was going to be sent to me, I was passed onto a different person. And then correspondence ceased completely. By the 3rd week of January, it was revealed through Twitter and tons of press coverage that Pledge owed A LOT of artists A LOT of money. Like, millions of dollars A LOT. According to the company, the money had all been spent to “keep the lights on.” When all of that bad news came raining down, I knew I was never going to see one red cent of that money.
At first, I came out swinging, but once the press died down a huge amount of shame set in. Within the past few months, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to find a way to move forward with this project. Sitting around feeling angry and heartbroken hasn’t done me any good. It’s actually a disservice to the people who helped me get this far. I had to take a good long look in the mirror and decide to let go of whatever is holding me back. So, here I am…crowdfunding…again. I’m aiming to raise $4,105.85 because that is the exact amount that Pledge owes me. I purchased a plugin that will allow me to run this campaign through my own website. No third parties, no over the top fees, and no big-wig executives making decisions with your money. Another benefit of doing it this way is that I can purchase merchandise as the money is raised without having to wait for the campaign to end or reach 100%.