NY indie band Telling On Trixie has dubbed itself "A Band With A Plan" and launched abandwithaplan.com to raise $50,000 and involve fans in the decision making process as they record and release a new album and video.
A Band with a Plan differs from other recent crowd-sourcing models. "In some programs, one-third of the money raised goes to some company that devised the model, and there's nothing left for marketing, much less a video," says lead singer Derek Nicoletto. In this D.I.Y. effort every penny goes to finance the album and video. "And instead of just asking fans to donate, as some artists have done, we're inviting them to hop on board on our 'Little Engine that Could' and go with us on the ride."
"Telling on Trixie fans tend to give us their opinion on everything from our clothes to our set list," according to Nicoletto. "So we thought - let's get their input from the beginning and give them an insider's view of the process. Depending on the level they select, they'll be our label, our sponsors, our A&R and sometimes, guest stars in our video and album."
How It Works
At the first, ten-dollar "Trixie" level, donors will receive digital
downloads of Telling on Trixie's second album. At $25, fans get an
advance copy of the new CD and become a "Green Room" member. Green Room
membership allows fans into the secure areas of the website...