Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Alan Cross1
Who Would You Fund First? Morrissey or Dr. Demento?
Amanda Palmer, who knows a thing or two about asking fans for money for her projects, is urging Morrissey to adopt a crowdfunding model for his future projects. Come to think of it, there’s probably no better candidate for this economic model.
Morrissey can’t be hurting for money. If he ever needs more, he can just go on tour again (health permitting, of course). But it takes a lot of cash to make and promote a new album, something that a label might think twice about given Morrissey’s vintage and the state of physical album sales.
Here’s what Palmer wrote in Salon:
[Y]ou’re actually Morrissey. You have some of the most fanatical fans in the world; caring and devoted people from countries far and wide who would be really, really happy to support you at levels far beyond $5 just to have the songs in their ears.
You’re possibly one of the best candidates on the planet to use crowdfunding, because of who you are and what you mean.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot. What does one need a record label for nowadays?
To put albums in stores? The stores are closing.
To make all the phone calls, so that radio plays the album? The radio stations are closing. The good outlets with human beings programming them (non-commercial radio, college, the BBC) will probably just download the record if it’s good, and play it.
To get into the charts? Who cares anymore? Do you? Do I?
To arrange tour promo and buy commercial space to inform people that the album is out? Well…if you’re not going to tour, and if people have already pre-ordered the record, maybe it’s not necessary.
And if you’re not putting out a physical record…it’s all moot.
So: what if you simply went into a studio, cut a record, and uploaded it to the Internet to those who backed it? And didn’t tour? And didn’t do any traditional promo? And didn’t release it commercially? And didn’t do anything else?
Just…emailed the songs out to the people who love you and paid for them?
Makes sense, no? (Read Palmer’s entire letter here.)
If Morrissey isn’t your thing, how about backing a documentary on Dr. Demento, the radio legend that launch a million (if short-lived, saved for Weird Al Yankovic) novelty song careers. A group of filmmakers need about $100K to get this done, but they only have four days left in their Kickstarter campaign.
Morrissey has yet to respond to Palmers entreaties, so if you have some spare cash, you might want to consider throwing it the good doctor’s way.