I’m in Tassie (Tasmania) for a few days. I spent a lot of time here growing up, but it’s been over ten years since I’ve been back.
Yesterday we went to MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art). Before we even got inside, I was captivated. I stood inside a wooden tee-pee-like structure shrouded in seaweed and sea-urchins, light filtering in from outside.
It smelt like the ocean. It felt safe and secret, like being a little kid inside a cubbie house built at home out of a bed sheet and the kitchen table.
Inside was just as magic, with more traditional art – like a series of illustrations by Balint Zsako (pictured) – and lots of weird and wonderful surprising, interactive works. It’s truly an art-gallery for everyone. I left feeling like every corner of my brain had been tickled.
Today we ventured up to Mount Wellington. The top was surreal. Australian bush, snap frozen. Snow, ice, stinging wind, white sky. Other-worldly. Magic.
What tickled your brain this week?
I wrote this listening to “We Built a Fire” by Seabear
So, I’m writing this with 42 hours to go! 70% funded! Thank you everyone! Please keep sharing the link (www.pozible.com/rosewintergreen) to help keep it moving! When we get to 80% I’ll be sharing the first word of the name of the new record!
What’s this all about?
Making a new record! Getting it released! Touring and playing shows to you - in music venues and at your house! More info here.
There’s only a matter of hours left to go to pledge your support for my new record!
If we don’t hit $8,000, I won’t get a cent, and I won’t be able to release the record this year!
The recording sounds amazing - since my first record I’ve worked with people like Clare Bowditch, Angie Hart (Frente, Splendid), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Jen Cloher and Robert Forster (The Go Betweens) to make my songwriting even better.
- letting me know if you have ideas about other ways I can get the word out (e.g., maybe you have a favourite local radio station who you think would love to interview me about the project? Maybe you know a group of people who would like to learn more about crowd-funding, and I could come and talk to you about it?)
4. When the target is reached ($8,000), your payment will be processed and you will be asked for postal details (if your reward requires shipping)
5. I send you your reward and love you forever!
***IF THE TARGET IS NOT REACHED, NO PLEDGES WILL BE PROCESSED AND NO REWARDS WILL GO OUT AND I’LL HAVE TO DO A LOT OF EATING TERRIBLE QUALITY HOMEBRAND COOKING CHOCOLATE BY MYSELF, BECOME A COMPLETE HERMIT AND EVERYONE WILL BE SAD***
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what it’s like to be crowd-funding. How it feels, how much work it is, whether it’s worth the stress.
Timber and Steel have asked me to share my experience in a series of posts on their website, the first of which is published today:
Suddenly, there seem to be people everywhere crowd-funding. I’ve just become one of those people. But we’re all still learning about it. I’m half-way through a 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record, and even though they’ve helped multitudes of people raise over $10 million in crowd-funding, even the directors of Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding platform, can’t be sure whether my campaign will succeed.
I have every confidence in my project, and I hope that my campaign will succeed, but the reality is that no one knows for sure what it is that makes a crowd-funding campaign work. This is so much more stressful than I could have ever expected.
What was I thinking?
So, why am I doing this instead of raising funds another way? (I’m actually doing a bit of both – with a total project budget of $20,000 to record, release, promote and tour the new record, I’m only trying to crowd-fund $8,000).
I didn’t want to repeat the experience of putting out my last EP (Warm Chocolate Heart, 2010), where I ended up in massive debt and having to work full time in a job I didn’t want to be doing to pay for it.
This time round, I was thinking, “I don’t want to just put out another record. I want to give my fans opportunities to be creative, to have fun and to get to know me better. I want this to be about us, not just me and my songs.”
Phew. What a wild few days it’s been! Today was the first day of recording.
Driving out to the studio, we were surrounded by red and a huge blue sky:
We got three songs down, including one I only finished writing yesterday but felt so good we wanted to include it. It’s a lullaby for my kitten, about how I don’t want to leave her - which is very apt, considering she’s only been with me about two months and I’ve been away from home at least 4 times. It’s so terrible saying goodbye.