As a fan of Amanda ‘Fucking’ Palmer, I became intrigued by what Kickstarter was and the whole concept surrounding it. It appears to be a fantastic way for people to raise funds from the people that will enjoy the end product!
AFP has offered various packages from VIP tickets to upcoming concerts and even the opportunity for you to have her perform at you own concert in your backgarden. Swans have also similar things recently by selling limited edition albums with various additions, to help fund the recording of the new album. The only downside is that these items can sell really quickly and you miss out. I emailed Michael Gira and he explained that they underestimated as everything sold out in 24 hours.
This is a way for artists not to be controlled by the music industry and will allow for an influx of music that isn’t purely based on commerciality.