Take This Hammer - Joe Rollin Porter's Next CD!
In the past 7 years I've recorded and released 3 albums, played somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 gigs, and made hundreds of new friends and fans. The experience has been the most rewarding of my life, but early in 2017 I decided to set my sights higher. I hired a manager out of Nashville to assess my career and advise me how to boost it to the next level(s). She judged my talent to be worthy of widespread international attention, and since then we've been working on the plan the bring that about.
The first major phase of the plan is to make a truly professional-sounding and radio-friendly album with first-rate backing musicians to enhance my sound and my arrangements. That phase is nearing the home stretch. Phase two is a national radio campaign, targeting over 500 blues/folk/acoustic DJs who will play my music. I'll still have a great deal of hard work after that, to turn increased exposure into more and better jobs and album sales, but I'm up for that.
Fourteen world-class studio musicians have already contributed backing tracks, with a couple more to come, and several dozen hours of studio time have been racked up. I'm proud of my previous work, but my guitar work and singing on this album are significantly better. With the added instruments and the first-class production work, the rough unfinished unmastered tracks already sound far better than anything I've done before.
Here is the breakdown of the estimated expenses:
Studio and guest musician fees: $7,000
Manufacturing of 1,000 CDs: $1,600
National Radio Promotion (including postage and mailing supplies): $4,200
Artwork, photography, video and related expenses: $900
Production and management: $3,500
Indiegogo fees and cost of fulfilling perks for support: $800
Total Invesment: $18,000
My participation in February's Folk Alliance International conference with professional representation and advertisement, along with incidental costs, will bump the number up to around $20,000.
In years past I have successfully run two crowdfunding campaigns, raising $3,500 and $1,500, and fulfilling all rewards for contributions in a timely fashion. Although I have every faith in the value and quality of this campaign, and in the loyalty of my supporters, I have chosen to set the official goal of this campaign at just $9,000.
I've set the goal lower primarily because Indiegogo assesses a higher fee to campaigns that don't reach the stated goal. With that in mind, I've set my official goal at a more modest amount, with the calculation that I can somehow fund the difference if I need to. Therefore the "stretch goal" for this project is $20,000, which would allow me to fully launch this new phase of my career without the burden of debt.
If you've read this far, you must be interested, so thank you! I hope you'll consider joining the team and helping make this project a reality. Please help spread the word as well! Let friends, family and acquaintances who might be interested know about this campaign and that you have judged it worthy of your support.
Thanks again, I'll be looking forward to providing progress updates soon.
-Joe Rollin Porter
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