Is Funding Your Album on Kickstarter Insulting and Wrong?
La Catrin: I personally have not done it, but if after exhausting all other avenues and it is m last resort, then maybe I would. Mexican pride.
Tianna Hall: I don't like the idea of doing it myself. The thought of it makes me feel icky. But, if that's the only way some people can get a recording project done, more power to them.
Robert McCarthy, From Beyond: I have a job, and make sacrifices to put out music. I have never put my hand out unless I was offering something in return.
Lotus Effect: If four to six members of a band can't pool together enough resources to record an album, what the hell are they asking other people for?
Alexis Hoillada (Project Armageddon): Almost all of the bands I know are independent, unsigned bands that sound great and are decent, friendly groups who are supportive of other bands and other artisits of different styles and tastes. Some of them are in a financial state that allows them to fund themselves others may have very limited personal funds available to even attempt a simple one song demo let alone a full length record that has any hopes of a decent quality sound to it.
Even with today's home recording, it still takes a know how to get good tracking and tones just to record let alone mix or master. Why should some band who is really making an effort and has a great sound be put down by anybody because they utilize a platform that would enable them to achieve their goals if recording is that goal?
Bill Royall (Royall Encore Music): It's insulting, wrong, unoriginal and unproductive to attempt to insult via hype and self-promotion.
Jerry Ochoa, Two Star Symphony:
Kickstarter is a subsidiary of Amazon and its purpose is to drive people with disposable income to create Amazon.com accounts. That's why they don't accept credit or debit - those payment methods help the artist raise money but don't create new Amazon customers. By only accepting pledges through Amazon, they get your donor data including credit card info, credit info and personal contact info, whether or not you reach your target goal.
To me, crowdsourcing is a pretty cool option and certainly no more degrading than any other form of arts fundraising (with a lot of nice relationship-building possibilities).
Kickstarter, on the other hand, is just a well-marketed (and disguised) way for a mega-corporation to leech money and info from the already-struggling arts fundraising scene.