Jill’s Next Record!: Jill Sobule (of “I Kissed a Girl” fame — the 1995 version) wanted to release a new record, but she was broke. So she asked her fans to fund it, on this Web site. She needed $75K, and ended up with a touch over $82K.
I have always had trouble asking for help, so I have asked… my mother to do it:
Hi, I’m Elaine, Jill’s mother. As you all know, my daughter is a real talent. She has put out 6 great CDs (which never leave my stereo), and has been on 4 labels — two of which went bankrupt; the other two were also farkakte.
This time she wants to do it on her own. She has some wonderful new songs (although she has not sent them to me, like I asked). She also has lined up some wonderful musicians and guest artists.
So help and be a part of her new album, in exchange for some wonderful gifts and services.
She had levels of giving, and associated perks:
$5,000 — Diamond Level: I will come and do a house concert for you. Invite your friends, serve some drinks, bring me out and I sing. Actually, this level is a smart choice economically. I’ve played many house concerts where the host has charged his guests and made his money back. I’d go for this if I were you.
$10,000 – Weapons-Grade Plutonium Level: You get to come and sing on my CD. Don’t worry if you can’t sing – we can fix that on our end. Also, you can always play the cowbell.