How one band is funding its tours and albums
August 1, 2008 by Weedback
Shane Hines and the Trance are a band trying to get their album produced through donations. We had already seen how certain websites help fans fund albums by giving them a share in royalties, but this band takes a different approach.
On the TeamTrance website, you’ll find the list of prizes that you can get in exchange for your donation:
$15 – our brand new EP (to be recorded with your help!)
$30 – our brand new EP and a demo of 3 unreleased songs
$50 – our brand new EP and an acoustic demo of 3 unreleased songs
all levels listed below include our brand new EP, a tshirt with all TeamTrance names on it and an acoustic demo of 3 unreleased songs
$100 – Simply so we don’t have to iron tshirts in the middle of the night. ☺
$175 – 4 tickets to shows where Shane Hines and the Trance is headlining
$250 – 2 one hour guitar lessons with Shane and Thumbs
$500 – Shane and Thumbs cook dinner at your house
$750 – Go on a road trip to a show with the band
$1,000 – You are feeling very generous and we are feeling very thankful
$1,500 – An acoustic living room concert, invite your friends for these and make it a party!
$2,500 – full band house concert, invite more friends, have more fun
$5,000 – Want to make music? Go into studio with the band and record a song, What a great gift!
$10,000 – A very cool Gibson guitar, rehearsal with Shane Hines and the Trance and live performance with the band
They have apparently accumulated more then $23,000 so far, and their manager informed us that this was done in a little over 2 weeks (!) . Whether it was two very generous parents/grandparents who dropped $10K each, or legions of fans that donated money to help this band out, is not specified. The point is that the idea of offering original services in exchange for capital raising is something any band could try. Makes up for good creative financing.