Amanda Palmer To Start Paying Crowdsourced Musicians
Amanda Palmer To Start Paying Crowdsourced Musicians

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Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go.

Moments after reaching the milestone, Palmer took to her Twitter page to tweet a topless photo of herself wearing bodypaint that reads "One F---ing Million" along with the note, "WE. F---ING. DID IT. $1,000,000 OF PURE FUTURE ARTMUSIC A--KICKING."

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Her initial goal of $100,000 was surpassed the first day, while she set a record for number of pledges and value of pledges after receiving more than $379,000 in two days. The project then went on to hit half a million by May 5, and $750,000 on May 18.

At the $1 million mark, the project has received 20,822 backers that have pledged at least $1, while 34 people have shelled out $5,000 or more for a private house party, and one backer has pledged $10,000 for dinner and an art-sitting, where Palmer offered to paint a likeness of the fan on a large canvas throughout the course of an evening. Overall, fans have 23 different donation options, ranging from a digital download for a buck up to the $10,000 level, where a fan can also choose to receive a full on makeover and photoshoot from Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.

After her initial successes following the second day, Palmer wrote a note to the Lefsetz Letter indicating that former label Roadrunner Records had scheduled her for a $200,000 recording budget, a landmark that she also surpassed on day one.

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One thing to note is that, with Palmer's massive success with this project funding her album, art book, and tour, she will undoubtedly incur a huge tax bill on such a large amount of revenue. She'll be hitting the road this summer for a series of acoustic/art shows and plugged in full band performances in Berlin, London, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston.

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