Top 10 Music Kickstarters Of 2012

Kickstarter-badge-funded2012 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.

Yesterday Kickstarter released The Best of 2012 noting highlights and oddities including Amanda's Palmer's Billboard Top Ten debut.

In 2012, music had 5067 funded projects, the most of any category, but came in no. 4 in total pledges with almost $35 million:

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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

1) Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR

Goal – $100,000, Pledged – $1,192,793

2) Brand New Mindless Self Indulgence Record!

Goal – $150,000, Pledged – $225,045

3) New Five Iron Frenzy Album!!!!

Goal – $30,000, Pledged – $207,980

4) Murder By Death: New Album "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon"

Goal – $100,000, Pledged – $187,047

5) Turrican Soundtrack Anthology by Chris Huelsbeck

Goal – $75,000, Pledged – $175,534

6) Tom Rush’s Grand Finale to his 50th Year On Stage

Goal – $100,000, Pledged – $140,984

7) Polyphonic Spree's Next Studio Album, Live Album & DVD

Goal – $100,000, Pledged – $136,505

8) Black Moth Super Rainbow NEW ALBUM COBRA JUICY

Goal – $45,000, Pledged – $125,634

9) The Rascals "Once Upon A Dream" Reunion Shows

Goal – $100,000, Pledged – $123,300

10) Bob Mould: The Walt Disney Concert Hall Film

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.


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.

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