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6 Top Crowdfunding Sites for Artists and Bands

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1. PledgeMusic is London-based quasi all or nothing crowdfunding model in which the company  “releases the funds in three payments (on funding, release, and fulfillment).” In order to receive all of the money, bands must meet their fundraising goal. This site also allows artists to create pre-order campaigns in which PledgeMusic disburses the money immediately when the campaign is released and fulfilled. This second type of campaign is designed for labels and artists who already have a recording and are looking for marketing help. There is a “15% commission for every successful pledge received, after the target is reached.”

2. Sell A Band is a European site that has had over $4 M pledged since 2006. Record labels, sponsors, artists, and more can use this site as a crowdfunding platform. The goal amount must be tween €3,000 and €250,000. Artists can also offer a revenue share as a reward so that their “believers” will benefit from the sale of the proposed album or song. Sell A Band takes 15% of the total money raised if the project is successfully funded.

3. TuneFund is a US crowdfunding site that lets artists raise money from their fan-base for career-related projects and expenses. Artists must be US citizens. The company takes 10% of funds raised and allows contributions to be refunded after the 10% fee. The sites only allows artists to upload 3 songs per campaign, but artists can still link to their Bandcamp page or other music sharing websites. (No longer active)

4. ArtistShare is an established platform that was started in 2003 and is powered by FanFunded. Their projects have received countless awards and accolades including 5 Grammy awards and 18 Grammy nominations.

5. Kickstarter is a well-known American crowdfunding site with a music category where artists and bands can post their music project and offer donation-based rewards. At the time of writing, 18,623 music projects have been launched and raised $61.43 M with a 54% success rate. This is one of the largest categories on Kickstarter.

 

6. Indiegogo is the largest international crowdfunding platform that also has a music category. For individuals without an American citizenship or residence, this is a good alternative to Kickstarter.

 

 

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    Just thought this might be or interest to the group. It is a new book from the creators of Kantara which was spot lighted on ISELLCOMICS podcast and the creator was the guy selling the He-man sculpture on this past weeks episode of comic book men.

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    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing. How is the campaign going?

  • rkco

    Are you sure people will read your posts when all your links have a WHOLE PAGE as ad in between?

    • CrowdCrux

      Not sure what you mean? The links go to the top music crowdfunding sites online from our research? Advertising is a form of revenue for our website, which is how we are able to afford to deliver content.

  • Tudoran George Marius

    I want to make a campaing for music,but I am from romania,anyone can help me?

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      You need to check out the guidelines for each platform to see which you can launch on. I know you could launch one on Indiegogo, as that is an international crowdfunding platform.

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  • wearearise

    How’s about https://rocketfuelhq.com ?

    • CrowdCrux

      Interesting. Did you use it for your campaign or is it your site?

      • wearearise

        Hey, I’m involved in the Rocket Fuel team, and also work with a number of artists and band’s who’ve run a lot of successful campaigns through it.

  • MusicJunkie20

    I just found this new site called Noise4Good and I think it may actually be a game changer.

  • Carl

    I think that the best one will be launched on the 1st of July – its http://www.SHOW4ME.com – Now they are opened for campaign creators only.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing.

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    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing.

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    ArtistsGig.com is a new crowdfunding and artists booking platform. Now anyone can afford to book artists and entertainers to perform and to cover the
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  • Rich

    this one is more for fans than artists but seems really well built you guys should check it out – http://fanflipped.com

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