Crowdfunded Bands

By Tonka Dobreva 02.13.2015 blog

Being a music artist takes money, and money can be hard to come by when you’re just starting out. That’s why more unsigned bands and singers are turning towards crowdfunding to help keep their music alive.

Scott Bradlee, creator of the Postmodern Jukebox project knows first hand how powerful crowdfunding can be for an artist. The donors on his Patreon page give him over $3,000 per music video, which allows him to make a video every week. Bradlee gets millions of views on his videos of pop songs re-imagined as music from another era, like changing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” into a Motown-inspired tune. Though YouTube pays creators for those views, it’s often not enough.

That’s where sites like Patreon come in. Patreon allows fans to commit to paying a certain amount for every project an artist does. For example, 544 of his 938 patrons give Bradlee a dollar for every music video he creates. That money goes to paying for space, the videos and the musicians he uses.

Bradlee isn’t alone in his use of crowdfunding to make music happen. Both established musicians and teens hoping to get started are using the sites to fund their dreams. Sixteen-year-old Stephanie Erin Brill used Kickstarter to reach her goal of $3,500 to help launch her music career with a new EP. Nineties girl group TLC started a crowdfunding campaign for its final album, and fans raised over $300,000 to get the band back in the studio. Many indie artists and industry insiders feel that crowdfunding is the future of music.

So what do you think? Is crowdfunding your band the next big thing in music? Vote and let us know in the comments!



  1. Lionel

    I say no because you only have to pay for see one of there soft songs that they put on the Internet

  2. Lionel

    I say no because you only pay them for one video that you only see on the Internet

  3. Makayla

    I think it is a good idea because it could help some people get their start. We could have a great artist/band out there somewhere, but they don’t have enough money to get started. It could also help make peoples dreams come true by allowing them the money to become famous.

  4. DanHar29

    This idea is out of tune!

  5. Kay12

    I think that crowd funding a band is a smart and efficient idea. If you use crowd funding you won’t have to worry about all the financial worries that the music industry normally has, instead you just get to do the thing you love to do: Make music!

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