Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves Joins Kickstarter as Director of Music

Meredith Graves
Lauren Renner

Meredith Graves

Meredith Graves, the founder of Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy, has joined crowdfunding platform Kickstarter as director of music. In a blog post announcing the appointment, the company said Graves, a journalist who has written for Pitchfork and SSENSE, among others, "embodies a spirit of creative independence at the core of Kickstarter."

In addition to performing in Perfect Pussy and her culture writing career, Graves also runs the indie record label and book publisher Honor Press, and was most recently an anchor for MTV News, where she inadvertently became part of a Beyonce-fueled meme at last year's VMAs.

Kickstarter's relatively new head of music role was originally filled by Molly Neumann, drummer in foundational riot grrrl bands Bratmobile and The Frumpees, who exited earlier this year to join Songtrust. Since Neumann's departure, Nafeesa Davis has been holding things down as interim director.

It's an increasingly important position, given that more music projects have been funded on Kickstarter than any other category, covering "27,488 albums, performances, independent venues, archival re-releases, and experimental events that span genres and geographies," the company said.

"Directly funding art is a display of public conscience: putting a few bucks toward the transformation of a historic property into a public center for music and healing, the archiving of a marginal composer’s body of work that may otherwise be lost to time, or a high school hardcore band’s first tour is one way to vote for a sort of continued normalcy," Graves said. "It's doing your part to ensure beyond a reasonable doubt that, come what may, the choirs will keep singing, the punks will keep photocopying, and we will continue to live in a world more beautiful because there is jazz in it."

Graves added that she joined Kickstarter to "help figure out new ways to assure that all of us, no matter where we are on our journey as musicians, feel more-or-less amazing every day we get up and create, sing, compose, bawl, shred, whatever it looks like when we allow ourselves to create freely."

Read her full comments here.

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