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Amanda Palmer's online fundraising efforts explode

Posted by Katie McLeod  May 1, 2012 12:51 PM

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Palmer gives info about her new album in this video, which she posted on Kickstarter.

Boston-based singer Amanda Palmer is taking on a new solo record, tour, and other projects, including raising the funds to make it all happen. After the onetime Dresden Doll took to Kickstarter yesterday, she has raised more than $250,000 (yes, in one day). Palmer, whose initial goal was $100,000, is continuing to raise money through the month of May. She asks supporters for a minimum donation of $1 to back her, which gets them a digital download of the new album, and the rewards go up from there.

Palmer wrote on the fund-raising website:

"hi folks, it's AFP. this is my first BIG, LEGIT studio album undertaking since breaking from a major label. i've spent four years writing the songs for this record, and more recently, putting together the perfect band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, comprised of genius musicians/arrangers/programmers MICHAEL MCQUILKEN, CHAD RAINES, and JHEREK BISCHOFF ...

“since i'm now without a giant label to front the gazillions of dollars that it always takes to manufacture and promote a record this big, i'm coming to you to gather funds ... i think kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms like this are the BEST way to put out music right now - no label, no rules, no fuss, no muss. just us, the music, and the art. i'm also making sure EVERY PRODUCT sold through this kickstarter is unique to this campaign, to reward all of you who KNEW ME WHEN and were willing to support me from Day One.”

Palmer's US and European tour stops at the Middle East in Cambridge in August.

Are you looking forward to Palmer's new music? Thoughts on her fund-raising efforts?

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