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Crowdfunding: The Art Of Asking

Crowdfunding

“You know what’s really cool? Wake up every morning, decide what you feel like doing, and do it.”
― Amanda Palmer

I am thinking of making a putting on some charity gigs with a Crowdfunding scheme like Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding is a scheme where in return for money given to you by “patrons”,  they receive, for example something in return from you. So for donating money to a charity they could get in return downloads of your music, hard copy CD’s, a free house gig, exclusive songs that have not been recorded, an early release of a CD, free tickets to a gig etc, all depending on what money they are prepared to give you.

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Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is a Singer Songwriter based in the South West of the UK and performs both as a solo artist and as part of the duo Show Of Hands with super musician Phil Beer. If you haven’t heard of Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands or Phil Beer I can safely say they are massive in the folk world.

In 2014 Steve Knightley came up with the “Grow Your Own Gig” concept, which involved individual fans organising Steve Knightley gigs in village halls as part of a tour throughout the UK. Their fans actually organised over 75 gigs – a phenomenal amount of concerts.

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Kevin Costner Was Very lucky to Have People Turn Up To His Corn Field

Gig

“Build it and they will come”. Fields of Dreams

In the 1989 movie the lead character played by Kevin Costner strolls about his crop field and he hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come”. After having visions he builds a baseball field and miraculously he gets loads of people turn up to watch the game he had arranged.  And all this was without Twitter, Facebook or a website.

However….. putting on a gig is not like this!

If you want people to turn up to your gig, you need to tell people about it. People won’t come unless you tell them.

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How To Construct Your Set List? Start At The End

Set list

Performing as part of the Harvey Duo, Alan Harvey and I once spent ages before a gig deciding in what order to play our songs. Just for fun, on this one occasion, we agreed to perform our songs in strict alphabetical order starting with Another Cup Of Coffee by Mike & The Mechanics. It worked perfectly until we got to end the gig. We couldn’t think of a decent finisher ending with the letter Z!

What is the best way to construct a set list? We started from the end and work backwards!

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How Do You Get More Gigs?

How to get gigs

I’ve been a singer songwriter for over 40 years (which, to be honest, scares the hell out of me) and in that time I have worked with hundreds of musicians of various abilities.

Over the years I have noticed that some artists are really good at selling themselves. They know what content to include on their website, how to network on different Social Media sites and they are constantly connecting with their audience.

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