One of my favorite bands, Minstrel’s Ghost, is launching a fund-raising campaign to finance their next album (writeup below). In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period of western civilization, every great artist had a patron. Such a system is long gone, but we know have the chance to offer such help in a democratic age. We all know that major labels have one foot in the grave. Such fundraising is the hope of excellence of art in this world.
So far, progarchy has encouraged the funding of Leah (success!) and Lifesigns (in process). Let’s offer the same for Minstrel’s Ghost.
Here’s what I received from Blake (leader of MG)
Who is The Minstrel’s Ghost?
The Minstrel’s Ghost is a melodic rock/progressive band featuring Blake Carpenter (writer, singer, keyboards and guitars), Troy James Martin (bassist and singer), Mike Troupe (drummer and singer) and Jartse Tuominen (lead guitars). If you love Pink Floyd, The Alan Parsons Project, Asia, Saga and the like then you will love us too. We do not try to sound like anyone else but the influences can be heard in our music. From the jazzy drums and rippling bass to the fluid guitar leads, sweeping keyboard riffs and story telling vocals our music takes you on a journey from beginning to end.
What is this all about?
This campaign is to raise funds for our third album and a movie to accompany it. The album is a take on the life of Jack the Ripper, a kind of back story if you will. A little creative license applied and we see how difficult growing up in the late 19th century is for a young boy. The harsh realities of prostitution, brutality and shocking loss leave young Jack struggling to cope. How will he deal with it all? We are planning on making a silent film using the music from the album as the story teller.
This has been in the head of Blake, the writer of the album, for a long time. The vision of making a movie instead of a couple of videos to accompany an album came when he was looking through old Victorian images on the web and trying to put a story line together with pictures. There is a story to be told here, this is about Jack but it could be about anyone who suffers hardship and tragedy at a young age. We all handle our pain in different ways and that, at least to some extent, defines us, no matter where or when we live.
Why we need you…..
Making this movie is a big deal for us! We are still a young band trying to make our way into a much larger family of melodic, progressive bands. We hope that this movie will help us reach more of those whom we know would love our music. Please know that what ever we do it will always be about the stories inside the music and giving you the opportunity to laugh or cry, smile or frown and take something away from the music and story that will help you through your day, week, or life.
What We Need & What You Get
We have some things already in place and are using the barter system to get portions of the production done but we still need some equipment and perhaps some licenses to use public areas for filming. This fundraiser is also for CD and DVD manufacture as well as artwork for the whole project.
We are looking for $15,000 to secure:
- camera and lighting rentals
- a video editing machine
- any licenses we may need for filming in public places
- any potential extras needed for the film such as wood, paint and other building materials for sets
- paid actors (if we need to as most are included in the bartering)
- feeding actors and crew
- all artwork for the CD and DVD (not your typical insert, a full sized newspaper)
- CD and DVD manufacturing
- Photo shoot for the artwork
- Signed copies of both CD and DVD from all members of the band
- your name in lights at the beginning or the end of the movie
- and much more
If the goal is not reached, we will do what we can with the funds raised and work out other arrangements for the perks we are not able to fulfill. We will work with you personally on all substitute perks if it comes to that – but let’s make sure it doesn’t come to that!
Risks & Challenges
We have been down this road before, just like so many other bands and artists so we know all too well that things happen that can get in the way of a happy ending. We also know that we have you, our friends and fans to join us in jumping over any hurdles we may come across. That said, we will be sure to make this happens in some way, shape or form for everyone to enjoy.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!!!!!!!! Tell your friends, use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and all the other outlets you can to let everyone know about this project. Don’t forget music forums you may be a member of, please, if you can, print up a few flyers and throw them up around town. Don’t forget that there are tools right here on this page that you can use to share this project and help it reach as many people as it can.