The Cost of Good Music

07 Oct


According to a story over on VIBE‘s website, legendary rap crew Public Enemy is asking fans to fund their next album.  The group has partnered with a website called SellaBand that will help them connect with fans who are willing to pay at least $25 towards the $250,000 they need to make a new album. I just checked PE’s page today (October 7) and they have already brought in 5 percent of their total goal after only about 24 hours.

It’s an interesting concept. We complain about the crap that’s on the radio all the time and sip wine in cute downtown Brooklyn condos as we bemoan how evil record execs are and how we really just want good music. Well, would you put your money where your mouth is? A lot of us show support by buying legal downloads and going to concerts, but would you fund studio time?  For me, it would definitely depend on the artist and the circumstances.  How about you? Under any circumstances, would you help fund the making of an artist’s album in this way?


Posted by on October 7, 2009 in Creativity


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2 responses to “The Cost of Good Music

  1. The Jaded NYer

    October 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    VERY interesting concept… I applaud them for taking it there.

    Would I do this for an artist? Only for one I felt was consistently putting out what I felt was quality music. I’d do it for artists like Ani DiFranco or Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra or salsero Marc Anthony. But something tells me that because of their consistency they will never need for me to chip in for their studio time.

    Sorry, PE, but I can’t help y’all out this time!

  2. loveisdope

    October 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I wonder if this business model actually works better for artists with a large or moderate “underground” following as opposed to artists who have already achieved national or international notoriety. I think people would tend to not give money to artists who they feel like should already have some money! LOL


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