- This is an ALL or NOTHING fundraiser. Either they raise the entire amount in the next 32 days or we get nothing. So EVERY PLEDGE, whatever the amount, HELPS and is very important!
- They are giving away GIFTS at different pledge levels. The Gifts range from a free copy of the video to 2 free airplane tickets and 2 night hotel stays in Los Angeles!
- To make a pledge, go to “Back This Project” in the Green area right beside the video on http://kck.st/nIBTZf. You must register with Kickstarter and Amazon to make your pledge.
- No one will not be charged for their pledges if we do not reach our goal. And also no one will receive gifts if we are not funded.
- Every dollar matters. This project will be funded by a lot of people doing a little bit.
Pro Military Veterans Band Uses Kickstarter To Fund Latest Project
Stakes are high as Los Angeles based band attempts to raise funds online to complete production on new music video. Despite the buzz around their new album “Hero”, the Jon Collins Band needs to raise $30k in additional funds to complete their project. And they only have a limited time to do it.
Los Angeles (WEB) July 15, 2011 — Independent music band the Jon Collins Band is turning to the Internet to raise funds for their new music video Hero, a narrative music video dedicated to soldiers that have been injured in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. With funding a major obstacle for any indie band, current economic conditions don’t make the job any easier. The music industry has become more innovative in their fundraising tactics, and the indie music community has embraced sites like Kickstarter.com.
In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines, artists have a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. The Hero music video has an 32-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget ($30,000 US) isn’t raised before August 20th, all pledges are cancelled and the music video will not be funded.
When asked about why Kickstarter was appealing, front man Jon Collins noted, “the ability to spread the word quickly online to a lot of people, and keep them updated on the status of the project is invaluable.” An added advantage for artists is Kickstarter’s merchant partner Amazon.com, which enables each project the convenience of receiving funds from anywhere in the world.
The inspiration for the music video came from Jon Collin’s own personal experience with war injuries. “My uncle was shot 3 times serving 2 tours in Vietnam. Then I watched as his story went untold for nearly 25 years. Its a very similar situation today.”
The music video tells the narrative story of a soldier that leaves his family, is injured in war and returns home. Hero focuses on telling a powerful story of the human condition and the real emotions and sacrifices these soldiers and their families make.
Once the video is made, the band has agreed to donate a portion of each digital download of Hero to the Wounded Warriors Project and are in talks with at least five other organizations. “The goal here is to create a video that tells a powerful story through a powerful song. We want to increase our following through Kickstarter, then turn around and give a lot of that money back to organizations that can use it to help these wounded soldiers.”
About the Jon Collins Band: The Jon Collins Band is a pop band located in Los Angeles and produced through About Records with distribution rights through Universal.