Carsie Blanton is creating a new album!
318

patrons

$2,965
per month

Buck Up
 is my brand new album. It’s the story of what it feels like when the personal and the political crash together like waves, and you get caught in their undertow. It’s about heartbreak, desire, and maintaining one’s sense of humor in the face of grief. 
 
Above all, though, Buck Up is about hope, and finding the will and the gumption to get out of bed and make the world a kinder, sexier, funnier place. It’s a record I really needed to make, and I think a lot of people need to hear it.

That’s why I’m asking you to help fund this album release through Patreon, instead of through a one-time crowdfunding campaign (like Kickstarter). Patreon allows you (the people who want to hear the album) to support me on a sustainable monthly basis, so I that I can pay for startup expenses (like printing CDs) as well as ongoing expenses (like publicity and tour support). I think Patreon is this sweet baby album’s best shot at being heard.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. You pledge whatever amount you want! When you click "become a patron", choose your pledge level based on what only YOU can know: how much do you want to support this album? How much do you want to hear it? How much money can your spare on a monthly basis? I trust you and I thank you.
  2. As we reach goals, I release things!
    • If we reach $2k/month: I’ll share the first single, only on Patreon.
    • If we reach $3k/month: I’ll share the digital album with every patron.
    • If we reach $4k/month: I’ll mail a copy of the CD to every patron. If we hit this goal by Nov. 1st, US and CAN patrons will get the CD in time for Christmas.

FAQ and deets:


When exactly will you share the stuff?

The moment we reach $2k, I will share the first single with all patrons. The moment we reach $3k, I will share the digital album with every patron. If we hit our $4k goal, everyone who is a patron when we next process pledges (on the 1st of the following month), will get a copy of the CD. But CDs won't go out immediately, I'll need to print them first! If we hit the $4k goal by Nov 1st, CDs will go out in time for xmas.

What if I just want to pre-order the CD?
As of right now, Patreon is the only way to pre-order Buck Up! And it’s actually a pretty good deal: if you pledge $5 in July, and we reach $4k/month on November 1st, you’ll get the CD for $20 (you'll be charged $5 on August 1st, September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st). That includes shipping, AND you'll get it over a month before the official release!

When will I be charged my pledge amount?
On the 1st of the month, every month, until you delete your pledge. If you pledge mid-month, you won't be charged until the 1st of the following month.

Can I delete my pledge once we reach the goal and I get my stuff?

Of course! Obviously, I'd prefer for you to remain a patron until Buck Up is released and paid for (not to mention well-loved and Grammy-nommed), but I will be 1000% grateful for any amount of support you decide to offer.

When will Buck Up be released officially?
I haven't set a release date, but I am aiming for Jan/Feb 2019.

What will you spend the money on?
I will keep you abreast of where exactly the money is going, each month. There are a surprising number of places to put it! Here are a few of the big ones:
  • MANUFACTURING: a new run of CDs costs about $5,000, including paying for the album design. Vinyl costs another $4,200 (this is optional, but I do love vinyl).
  • PUBLICITY (print, online and radio): hiring a good publicist will cost $2,500-$3,500/month, for the duration of the promotional campaign. (I know, it’s expensive! Back in the epoch of record labels, though, we would plan for at least six months of publicity surrounding the release.)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS: I typically spend $1,000-$3,000 to make an official video. I would love to make at least three videos before the album release, but this part is flexible.
  • TOURING WITH MY BAND: at this point, touring with my full band is profitable only in the cities where I have the most fans. But there are all those other great cities in between! Monthly patronage would allow me to subsidize the cost of bringing the band with me all over this crazy country.

If you’re a socialist, why are you asking for money?
Unfortunately, until the revolution (wherein we seize the means of production), we are all forced to negotiate with the hungry beast of capitalism, to the detriment of everything good and holy in this world. Wouldn't we all be happier and more productive with our basic needs met, left to do what we love and are good at for the benefit of our communities? A feat which could be easily achieved by redistributing even a modicum of the wealth amassed by the super-rich? Of course we would! Until then, though, all we can do is put on our hard hats – or make our cute fundraising videos – and go to work.
Tiers
Magic chicken
$3 or more per month 65 patrons
For the price of a single non-fancy coffee, you can join the music industry ecosystem as this adorable pink chicken, hunting and pecking for my self-doubt, then washing it down with gravel to aid digestion. With you around, I wake up refreshed, unmolested by demons, and ready to face another day in the music industry jungle.
Super turtle
$5 or more per month 105 patrons
For the price of one fancy coffee (or a non-fancy beer), you can enter the music industry ecosystem as this excellent lavender turtle. Your surprising secret powers include: funding my art, making my day, and subtly contributing to the death of the last record labels (don't be sad, it's the dawn of a new epoch).
Mindblowing butterfly
$10 or more per month 34 patrons
Butterflies may seem innocent and sweet, but that's only because we avoid thinking about the fact that their midlife crises involve building a sturdy sleeping bag in which to cozy up and liquify their own organs, just so they might wake up one day able to fly. You are an inspiration to us all.
Bird of paradise
$20 or more per month 13 patrons
Early European explorers believed that you never landed, but were carried through the air by your feathers until the end of your brief, miraculous life. Your mysterious mating rituals give you a direct line to all the erotic gods - from Aphrodite to Tlazolteotl - which makes you impossibly beautiful, frightfully powerful, and super hot.
Dream rhino
$50 or more per month 9 patrons
You walk around like it ain't no thing, but your very presence protects me from the ravages of the unforgiving music business environment. With a twitch of your stubby tail, my troubles scatter like meerkats on the savannah. But your secret is, you're a pacifist! You only eat leaves! Yet everyone respects you. Is it your gravitas? Your dreamy allure of secret magic? Or, is it the fact that you have three toes per foot? 
Inscrutable creature of beauty and grace
$100 or more per month 4 patrons
Are you an antelope? A reindeer? A caribou? Or are you something else... something too magnificent, too brilliant, too awe-inspiring to comprehend. Are you... perhaps... an angel?
Comfort pegasus
$250 or more per month 3 patrons
Sometimes, at night, I hear something creeping and I start awake. I begin to weep, softly. I wonder, can I make it through another night in the music industry jungle? With the scorpions, and the howler monkeys, the ghosts of fallen talents and bones of record labels rattling around my bed? And then there is you. You swoop into my dreams, give me a nuzzle, and we go for a ride through the stars.
Goals
$2,965 of $3,000 per month
At $3k/month, I'll share the full Buck Up album with EVERY SINGLE PATRON!
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Buck Up
 is my brand new album. It’s the story of what it feels like when the personal and the political crash together like waves, and you get caught in their undertow. It’s about heartbreak, desire, and maintaining one’s sense of humor in the face of grief. 
 
Above all, though, Buck Up is about hope, and finding the will and the gumption to get out of bed and make the world a kinder, sexier, funnier place. It’s a record I really needed to make, and I think a lot of people need to hear it.

That’s why I’m asking you to help fund this album release through Patreon, instead of through a one-time crowdfunding campaign (like Kickstarter). Patreon allows you (the people who want to hear the album) to support me on a sustainable monthly basis, so I that I can pay for startup expenses (like printing CDs) as well as ongoing expenses (like publicity and tour support). I think Patreon is this sweet baby album’s best shot at being heard.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. You pledge whatever amount you want! When you click "become a patron", choose your pledge level based on what only YOU can know: how much do you want to support this album? How much do you want to hear it? How much money can your spare on a monthly basis? I trust you and I thank you.
  2. As we reach goals, I release things!
    • If we reach $2k/month: I’ll share the first single, only on Patreon.
    • If we reach $3k/month: I’ll share the digital album with every patron.
    • If we reach $4k/month: I’ll mail a copy of the CD to every patron. If we hit this goal by Nov. 1st, US and CAN patrons will get the CD in time for Christmas.

FAQ and deets:


When exactly will you share the stuff?

The moment we reach $2k, I will share the first single with all patrons. The moment we reach $3k, I will share the digital album with every patron. If we hit our $4k goal, everyone who is a patron when we next process pledges (on the 1st of the following month), will get a copy of the CD. But CDs won't go out immediately, I'll need to print them first! If we hit the $4k goal by Nov 1st, CDs will go out in time for xmas.

What if I just want to pre-order the CD?
As of right now, Patreon is the only way to pre-order Buck Up! And it’s actually a pretty good deal: if you pledge $5 in July, and we reach $4k/month on November 1st, you’ll get the CD for $20 (you'll be charged $5 on August 1st, September 1st, October 1st, and November 1st). That includes shipping, AND you'll get it over a month before the official release!

When will I be charged my pledge amount?
On the 1st of the month, every month, until you delete your pledge. If you pledge mid-month, you won't be charged until the 1st of the following month.

Can I delete my pledge once we reach the goal and I get my stuff?

Of course! Obviously, I'd prefer for you to remain a patron until Buck Up is released and paid for (not to mention well-loved and Grammy-nommed), but I will be 1000% grateful for any amount of support you decide to offer.

When will Buck Up be released officially?
I haven't set a release date, but I am aiming for Jan/Feb 2019.

What will you spend the money on?
I will keep you abreast of where exactly the money is going, each month. There are a surprising number of places to put it! Here are a few of the big ones:
  • MANUFACTURING: a new run of CDs costs about $5,000, including paying for the album design. Vinyl costs another $4,200 (this is optional, but I do love vinyl).
  • PUBLICITY (print, online and radio): hiring a good publicist will cost $2,500-$3,500/month, for the duration of the promotional campaign. (I know, it’s expensive! Back in the epoch of record labels, though, we would plan for at least six months of publicity surrounding the release.)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS: I typically spend $1,000-$3,000 to make an official video. I would love to make at least three videos before the album release, but this part is flexible.
  • TOURING WITH MY BAND: at this point, touring with my full band is profitable only in the cities where I have the most fans. But there are all those other great cities in between! Monthly patronage would allow me to subsidize the cost of bringing the band with me all over this crazy country.

If you’re a socialist, why are you asking for money?
Unfortunately, until the revolution (wherein we seize the means of production), we are all forced to negotiate with the hungry beast of capitalism, to the detriment of everything good and holy in this world. Wouldn't we all be happier and more productive with our basic needs met, left to do what we love and are good at for the benefit of our communities? A feat which could be easily achieved by redistributing even a modicum of the wealth amassed by the super-rich? Of course we would! Until then, though, all we can do is put on our hard hats – or make our cute fundraising videos – and go to work.

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Tiers
Magic chicken
$3 or more per month 65 patrons
For the price of a single non-fancy coffee, you can join the music industry ecosystem as this adorable pink chicken, hunting and pecking for my self-doubt, then washing it down with gravel to aid digestion. With you around, I wake up refreshed, unmolested by demons, and ready to face another day in the music industry jungle.
Super turtle
$5 or more per month 105 patrons
For the price of one fancy coffee (or a non-fancy beer), you can enter the music industry ecosystem as this excellent lavender turtle. Your surprising secret powers include: funding my art, making my day, and subtly contributing to the death of the last record labels (don't be sad, it's the dawn of a new epoch).
Mindblowing butterfly
$10 or more per month 34 patrons
Butterflies may seem innocent and sweet, but that's only because we avoid thinking about the fact that their midlife crises involve building a sturdy sleeping bag in which to cozy up and liquify their own organs, just so they might wake up one day able to fly. You are an inspiration to us all.
Bird of paradise
$20 or more per month 13 patrons
Early European explorers believed that you never landed, but were carried through the air by your feathers until the end of your brief, miraculous life. Your mysterious mating rituals give you a direct line to all the erotic gods - from Aphrodite to Tlazolteotl - which makes you impossibly beautiful, frightfully powerful, and super hot.
Dream rhino
$50 or more per month 9 patrons
You walk around like it ain't no thing, but your very presence protects me from the ravages of the unforgiving music business environment. With a twitch of your stubby tail, my troubles scatter like meerkats on the savannah. But your secret is, you're a pacifist! You only eat leaves! Yet everyone respects you. Is it your gravitas? Your dreamy allure of secret magic? Or, is it the fact that you have three toes per foot? 
Inscrutable creature of beauty and grace
$100 or more per month 4 patrons
Are you an antelope? A reindeer? A caribou? Or are you something else... something too magnificent, too brilliant, too awe-inspiring to comprehend. Are you... perhaps... an angel?
Comfort pegasus
$250 or more per month 3 patrons
Sometimes, at night, I hear something creeping and I start awake. I begin to weep, softly. I wonder, can I make it through another night in the music industry jungle? With the scorpions, and the howler monkeys, the ghosts of fallen talents and bones of record labels rattling around my bed? And then there is you. You swoop into my dreams, give me a nuzzle, and we go for a ride through the stars.