So after a long night wrapping the Kickstarter campaign at Gowanus Ballroom, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra made their way to the Gemini & Scorpio Loft Space for the After Party. Some very lucky Kickstarter donatees who had given enough to be there and share this moment of giddy triumph came along too.
We were treated to a magnificent set of songs and partied hard until after 2am. At which point Amanda and the Grand Theft Orchestra finished their set and the few of us that stayed on hung out in the warm summer night on the cool Gemini Scorpio rooftop.
Amanda has changed the rules for the music industry with her Kickstarter campaign. I’ve spoken with a couple of managers and musicians in the last week and everybody is buzzing with the potential created by this momentous feat. I am quite sure that over the next few months we are going to see far more bands taking the social networking opportunities far more seriously by building their online interaction and then launching their own Kickstarter campaigns.
This is definitely one of the futures now available for all those bands out there who already have some kind of audience but can’t get can’t get signed to a label. We will probably even see the labels get involved and encourage the bands they have signed to push for contributions from their audience.
I thought I’d finish this series of blogs on Amanda and her Kickstarter campaign with an image of her looking happy at the Gowanus Ballroom whilst entertaining the parking lot audience before she started her webcast that featured her showing the names of all 24,883 people that donated $1,192,793 to her groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign.
The future has arrived. I for one am fascinated to see where it take us. Amanda will be one of the leaders. Keep up with her via her regular blog.