Of the top platforms related to music crowdfunding only two, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, share their top funded campaigns. But these two platforms are a decent proxy for the overall health of music crowdfunding and, given these top campaigns from 2013, crowdfunding seems to be doing well. Amanda Palmer's 2012 campaign that resulted in over a million dollars in pledges remains the high point but numerous campaigns raised hundreds of thousands for their projects and helped further a history of success that is undeniable.
It would be nice to have PledgeMusic and RocketHub data as well but the following campaigns paint a nice picture of the high end of music crowdfunding. One of the important aspects of crowdfunding is it's relevance at multiple levels so assessing its health would require looking at a full range of campaigns. But the following definitely strike a positive note.
The top campaign of the year was that of Carman Licciardello who received $538,103 in pledges towards his $200,000 goal.
1. New Carman Album and Music Video
Carman Licciardello - $538,103 pledged towards $200,000 goal
2. Protest the Hero NEW ALBUM
Protest the Hero - $341,146 pledged towards $125,000 goal
3. Make ENDLESS FANTASY more than an album!
Anamanaguchi - $277,399 pledged towards $50,000 goal
4. New Studio Album from Toad the Wet Sprocket!
Toad the Wet Sprocket - $264,762 pledged towards $50,000 goal
5. PIXIES: A Visual History (Exclusive Ltd. Ed. Hardcover)
The Pixies - $234,450 pledged towards $150,000 goal
6. NEW MUSIC FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
Krishna Das - $207,185 pledged towards $54,000 goal
7. We The Kings - Our 4th Album!
We The Kings - $149,453 pledged towards $35,000 goal
8. New Full-Length Album from Misery Signals
Misery Signals - $104,035 pledged towards $50,000 goal
9. Triple Brutal - Austrian Death Machine makes New Record and Tour
Austrian Death Machine - $78,120 pledged towards $63,000 goal
10. Spock's Beard - 11th Studio CD
Spock's Beard - $69,119 pledged towards $25,000 goal
The Indiegogo genre info defaults to country level so those five are from the U.S.
Both Connecticut School Shooting Victims Fund Started by OneRepublic and NICK CARTER'S - EVIL BLESSINGS are listed in the most funded under music but I don't consider them music projects per se.
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