2012 was a big year for both Kickstarter and for music crowdfunding. Though music had the most funded projects of 2012, other categories made more money. But the crowdfunding achievements of musicians on Kickstarter alone made it clear that music crowdfunding is no fad though, based on musicians' accounts, it's also no walk in the park.
In 2012, music had 5067 funded projects, the most of any category, but came in no. 4 in total pledges with almost $35 million:
Steven Van Zandt Crowdfunds The Rascals Reunion Shows
2012 was marked by numerous campaigns exceeding pledges, most notably Amanda Palmer's campaign requesting $100k that received over a million in pledges. The following campaigns were identfied via Kickstarter's Most Funded in Music list.
Top 10 Music Kickstarters Of 2012
Goal - $100,000, Pledged - $1,192,793
Goal - $150,000, Pledged - $225,045
Goal - $30,000, Pledged - $207,980
Goal - $100,000, Pledged - $187,047
Goal - $75,000, Pledged - $175,534
Goal - $100,000, Pledged - $140,984
Goal - $100,000, Pledged - $136,505
Goal - $45,000, Pledged - $125,634
Goal - $100,000, Pledged - $123,300
Goal - $95,000, Pledged - $103,172
With 2012 projects dominating Kickstarter's top music campaigns, you can see why I call it The Year Music Crowdfunding Broke.
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Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (Twitter/App.net) blogs about music crowdfunding at Crowdfunding For Musicians (@CrowdfundingM). To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.