Don’t make people pay for music, says singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer. Let them.
Palmer proved this to be possible by placing her plans on Kickstarter, a website created to help people host and fund their creative projects.
While on tour, Palmer would often use Twitter to ask fans for anything she needed (housing, food, clothes, etc.) in exchange for hugs, merchandise, music or beer.
After signing with a major label, Palmer disagreed with their plans for her music. She left the label, choosing to instead use the same approach she used on other social media websites and ask for donations from fans so she could continue to make music.
Her goal? $100,000. At the end she found herself with nearly $1.2 million in donations to fund her next music project.