AUDIENCE FUNDING (The Why and Wherefore)

SONGS AND STORIES

A CD...A DVD...A BOOK...A SHOW

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This is a crowd funded project that includes the production of a live CD, DVD, a 2nd edition book, and various other merchandise, as well as the on-going production of the show "Songs...Our Stories."

I'd like to call it "Audience Funded" from now on, if you don't mind. You're more gracious than a crowd.

I'm doing this without one of the standard funding platforms because I can get the same reach with my existing networks, can save us handing over all the commissions I'd pay them, and I can put money to use as it comes in whether I reach my goal or not.

Here's a list of things that are inextricably connected, because they're all a big potluck of Phil's latest works.

 

The Projects

I'm working on a live CD called "Chicago Live"

I collected live recordings from several shows during 2016 and it looks like I may have what I need. Except one thing...money to complete the production and begin distribution of the finished product. This is the closest to be completed. I've already been in the studio to listen to and edit tracks with my co-producer. We are also planning some more on-site live recordings with upcoming shows.

You can be a part of this (or any of my projects) and get a lot in return. Read my blog full of offers. Every dollar raised goes to this project and the ones mentioned as you read on. Here's the link (opens on a new page):

PHIL'S BLOG FULL OF OFFERS

I've also collected many many hours of video footage from shows and other related stuff. I am gradually piecing together a DVD (as yet unnamed) that will include stories, interviews, previously unreleased material, behind-the-scenes footage, and of course, live performance footage. Much of it is already collected and picked through, some of it is already edited and ready to go. But, I'll likely need to hire a videographer to complete it and then it can go to final production and I can begin distribution of the finished product.

Once again, PHIL'S BLOG FULL OF OFFERS is one of the ways you can help. There's also that DONATE BUTTON on every page of my site and the "PAY HERE" page that breaks down various possibilities. You can put in the amount you choose to receive specific perks that include the CD, the DVD, my book, tickets to my show "Songs...Our Stories", maybe a t-shirt when I have more, lessons, a concert in your home, or perhaps all of these in a big delightful package of Phil. The perk amounts are listed below.

Then there's my book, "The Outback Musicians' Survival Guide". I'm working on the 2nd edition. Currently one of PHIL'S OFFERS includes getting a PDF version of the book in whatever place you catch me when you use the DONATE BUTTON. But, I plan on having this completed soon and it will then go to press both for eBook and hard copy versions. After that, that's all I wrote. But you can get the final copy by helping to fund it. I'll even sign it if you like, and yes, I can do a personalized e-signature.

Look at the perks below and then hit the DONATE BUTTON. Or use the PAY PHIL PAGE. Make sure you mention the perk you'd like when you help fund these projects. And remember, every dollar that comes through this immediate campaign, use of PHIL'S BLOG OF OFFERS or subscriptions, will fund everything I'm talking about.

Wait, you say...SUBSCRIPTIONS?

 Why yes! Click below to choose your level of on-going subscription. It will bill you automatically as listed in the drop down menu on the PAY PHIL PAGE. And you'll be supporting all of these productions. You'll be an on-going patron of the arts. Looking for a perk with your subscription? Choose something from the DOLLAR MENU each time you subscription goes through. If you subscribe for a year, just ask for your $25 perk as listed below.

 VISIT THE PAY PHIL PAGE HERE

There also tends to be a need for regular merchandise, like T-shirts and such. These will be something that funding dollars decide, but will be one more way for your funding dollars to go further. You see, I plan on taking money from all this sort of merchandise and flipping it back into itself as items sell. Then I can buy more merchandise and keep doing this ad infinitum. One day, your dollar may be ten dollars. Who knows, you may be supporting more projects over the long run, just by helping fund this collection.

 JOIN THE PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING NOW

You also will be helping to fund the production of my new show "Songs...Our Stories."

You can read more about that in my blog "Songs...Our Stories."

 

Get Perky

HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS FOR PERKS.

Some are obtainable immediately, some will be obtainable once the product is available. Looking for more than one perk? Make separate donations. Each time you hit the DONATION BUTTON, you will have the option to give contact info and a choice of a perk.

FIRST OFF, IF YOU CONTRIBUTE ANY AMOUNT OF $6 OR MORE, YOU HAVE AN OPTION TO GET A LINK TO YOUR ARTS OR BUSINESS WEB PAGE ADDED TO "THE LINKS" PAGE ON THIS SITE. THAT'S IN ADDITION TO ANYTHING ELSE YOU ASK FOR. JUST CONTACT ME.

$15 GETS YOU A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE NEW UPCOMING CD "CHICAGO LIVE".

OR...$15 GETS YOU TWO TICKETS TO MY SHOWS "SONGS...OUR STORIES."

$20 GETS YOU A COPY OF THE NEW UPCOMING UNNAMED DVD.

$25 GETS YOU A COPY OF THE 2ND EDITION OF "THE OUTBACK MUSICIANS' SURVIVAL GUIDE" UPON PRINTING.

$45 GETS YOU A COMBINATION OF ANY TWO OF THE ABOVE PERKS.

$60 GETS YOU A ONE HOUR (TRANSFERABLE) MUSIC LESSON WITH PHIL, LIVE OR ONLINE.

$75 GETS YOU THE CD, DVD, BOOK, AND TWO TICKETS TO "SONGS...OUR STORIES."

$100 GETS YOU A ONE HOUR LIVE HOUSE CONCERT WITH PHIL IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

$200 GETS YOU A THREE HOUR LIVE HOUSE CONCERT WITH PHIL IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

$500 GETS YOU A LIVE HOUSE CONCERT WITH PHIL ANYWHERE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.

$1000 GETS YOU A LIVE CONCERT IN A WIDER AREA.

CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS REGARDING SHOWS AND LESSONS BEFORE YOU CONTRIBUTE.

COMBINE OFFERS AS YOU SEE FIT, JUST USE THE "PAY HERE" PAGE AND LET ME KNOW.

ANY AMOUNT GIVES YOU THE SATISFACTION OF CONTRIBUTING TO THE ARTS. YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MY WORK TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ON A WIDER AND MORE VARIED SCALE, THEREBY BRINGING OTHERS INTO THE CREATIVE FOLD WITH YOU. THANK YOU.

EVERY PERK IS TRANSFERABLE. JUST ASK.

Thanks, and watch for more.

FUND ME HERE

 

The Latest Goals Reached - Updates Regularly

We've put some more time in at the recording studio selecting and mastering songs for the live album.

Tickets are now available for the debut of "Songs...Our Stories".

READ ABOUT THE SHOW HERE

BUY TICKETS HERE

As of January 20th, 2017, this audience funding campaign has gone live on this page at 7:10pm CST.

The official launch is February 20th, 2017. Therefore, the wider promotion of this campaign won't begin until then.

However, I wouldn't mind getting a percentage in before the official launch.

You can give us all a head start by CONTRIBUTING NOW.

Visit the LAUNCH PAD and watch the countdown to lift off.

The initial goal set for primary funding of these projects is $7,500 total.

This includes the cost of studio mastering, production, printing, initial distribution and set-up, and the like.

January 31st

 January 31st Update:

After looking into the cost of producing CDs and DVDs, I found it more affordable to combine them into one package. So it looks as if I'll be putting the CD and DVD into a dual sleeve six panel (three a side) eco-friendly package. It will allow me to sell the final product for between $10 and $15 total! Your input on price is appreciated. Remember, you can CONTACT ME DIRECTLY with your thoughts, requests, ideas, etc. I read every message and respond promptly. Thanks for being involved!

A direct email, Facebook message, and wide spread Tweet went out today promoting the debut of "Songs...Our Stories" In it I included mention of this campaign's launch and asked for people to "prime the pump" before the official launch on February 15th. There will also be some pre-launch buzz going out through Krowdster, a site that provides guidelines for a successful crowd funding campaign, along with resources. Upon launch, a more direct and wide push will be made. Please feel free to give people a sneak peek of this page at any time.

February 6th

 February 6th Update:

As the official launch counts down to take off, emails are being collected through "outreach" on social media. I'm offering a FREE PDF excerpt of my book to anyone who joins the email list. Of course, if you're already on it, you'll get a copy in one of my next email updates. If you're not subscribed to my emails, now is a good time. I send them no more than once a week and as little as once a month. You can unsubscribe at any time.

JOIN MY EMAIL LIST HERE

I run it through ReverbNation where I have one of many music profiles with distribution.

I'm collecting Twitter Followers, too. I've also had some recent tweets re-tweeted to more than 300,000 of other peoples' followers. I've had other social media outlets gain some re-ups from followers and subscribers, too. I'm very appreciative to everyone and anyone who decides something I've shared is worth additional shares. If you have been one such person...thank you.

#BePartOfTheMovement

February 16th

February 16th Update:

With money already brought in and put to use, the official launch is just days away! I'm (we being myself and anybody I work with on these projects) looking for some fresh seed money as the big launch kicks into gear.

So, here's where the money raised has gone so far:

Studio time:

Going through hours of live recordings, separating out the best quality ones, putting them together for closer inspection, doing what we can (Lem Roby of Practical Music Studio and I) to improve the quality or mix as it stands. Additionally, we have three more live shows to record. Then, the final cuts go to Sean Morrison at BLAM Recording for radio quality mastering. Every live recording costs money, every in-studio session, too. Everything has so far, been covered. 

Online Advertising:

Regular online ads have been run to promote "Songs...Our Stories" and my existing recordings. These ads have born fruit in added contacts for my email list, hundreds of new Twitter followers, and most important, new audience members online and live. This has all been covered, as well. 

We're off to a good start! By "we" I mean you and I and our mutual effort to show what can be done in this movement away from the mainstream. Keep in mind that I share all my findings with the work that I pursue on the marketing end. I want other independent artists to know how this works and feel the confidence they need to go for it. Your every share, your every contribution, your every comment, helps to move us forward.

Check out my new video:

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March 1st - This went out...

Hello and thanks for following me.

 

As promised to everyone who does, here’s a link to your FREE BOOK EXCERPT:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

 

It’s just over a dozen pages in a PDF from the 2nd Edition of my book:

“The Outback Musicians’ Survival Guide”

Stories. Thoughts. Notations. Anecdotal Evidence.

My life as an independent musician on the frontlines of

The Modern American Music Industry.

1986 to 2016.

 

My first edition included this excerpt, which has now been updated with new and (I find) exciting information about trends in the music industry. In addition, there are many whimsical stories about life on the frontlines, thoughts on everything from songwriting to teaching to touring, the losses, the victories, the online posts, and some pictures (not more than ten).

 

Here’s where I ask you for some help in getting this to press.

 

Printed copies of the book will run $15. It will also be available as print-on-demand (POD) through Amazon and other sites, e-book, and as a PDF straight from me. To complete all the set-up, pay for the printing of enough physical copies to keep it affordable, get it distributed, and all that fun stuff…I need to raise $1500.

 

You can be a part of this project by purchasing an advance copy of the book now.

 

Just go to my PAY HERE page and send $15. Write "OUTBACK" in the info field.

 

There. That’s it. You just got yourself a signed copy of my book and helped finance the final step in creating a book…paying the printer.

 

This is self-published, but I have set up a wide distribution network and have PR ready to go through people who know where to send it for reviews and other attention.

 

By taking part in this project, you have become a part of the movement away from the mainstream. This will be the second project off the ground. The first is the debut of “Songs…Our Stories” my new show that hits the ground March 5th in Chicago at Davenport’s.

 

So, once again…go to my PAY HERE page on my main site and send $15. In the notes, put “OUTBACK” and make sure I know how to get the book to you.

 

If you’d like to send more than $15, you’re more than welcome to. You can also visit my AUDIENCE FUNDING page to see other perks you can enjoy based on larger dollar amounts. Everything is part of a bigger project. It’s one big collection of Phil Circle, all for release soon.

 

My book will hit the “shelves” as soon as the money is raised. You can watch my AUDIENCE FUNDING page for updates on all my projects.

 

I’ve already raised money that has gone into on-site recording at shows and getting “Songs…Our Stories” off the ground.

 

Questions?

 

CONTACT ME on my site.

 

Thanks for being part of the movement!

 

Peace and the arts.

 

-Phil

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