Amanda Palmer, former Dresden Dolls vocalist and wife of author Neil Gaiman, is no stranger to crowd funding; her 2012 Kickstarter raised over a million dollars. With such incredible monetary results, it’s no wonder she has chosen to take her fan-based fundraising talents to the next level, asking fans to longer fund individual projects using various rewards along the way, but to fund her in an ongoing basis using the website Patreon. Through the Patreon website, which was founded by musician Jack Conte and developer Sam Yam as a way for Conte to make money off his YouTube videos, pledgers agree to pay a specific amount to Palmer for each item she creates and shares.
At the time of this article, she’s already obtained over sixteen thousand patrons, meaning Palmer will receive over $14,000 per item she creates, whether it be a German language album recorded in Berlin, a song, or a podcast (all that in less than twenty-four hours). “I’ve been struggling since I got off my label in 2008 to find the right platform for ongoing support through which I can release constant material (and get paid),” said Palmer on choosing the Patreon platform.
Besides an album recorded in Germany, some of the other plans Palmer has for her Patreon subscribers are: a French language album recorded in Paris; to get into the studio with producer John Congleton, with whom she’s worked with before; an album recorded with her dad; and a podcast. She hopes to have her first piece of content up within a few weeks and her first podcast available in a week.
Through out Palmer’s career she has released a series of live and studio albums, demos, and EPs totaling fifteen, five of those albums with her band The Dresden Dolls, which formed in 2000. Aside from her many albums, she has also collaborated with several artists including Golem, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and The Flaming Lips. Palmer, who once spent time as a living statue called The Eight Foot Bride, has authored six books, the latest being The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. The book, which made the NY Times bestsellers lists, was written over a period of four months and was received with mixed reviews.
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