Over the past year or so, we’ve seen several local bands turn to their fans for funding musical projects. The Motel Beds, Me & Mountains and Jasper the Colossal are just 3 of the bands who have been able to release new material thanks to successful campaigns on Kickstarter. There are currently 4 great local music projects on Kickstarter*, some with a deadline just around the corner and one that’s just launched.
Deadline: October 22nd
Trey Stone’s first full studio album, Ahead of the Pack
Trey Stone is the former music director of Chicago’s famous Second City Theater. He’s landed in Dayton, has been an active participant in the music scene for a while now and is looking to complete his first full length album. Stone has already begun the recording process at Dayton’s Cyberteknics Studio so project funding will go towards the mixing and mastering of final product. Ahead of the Pack will feature Stone’s blend of rock and roll and country with a bit of a funky New Orleans twist.
Deadline: October 26th
Help F.M. Records reach WORLD DOMINATION!
F.M. records goal is to help local and Midwestern bands reach both a local and larger audience through recording, pressing, and distribution, while keeping it all in house. Founder Dustie Pitstick says: “We have an insane amount of local talent, as we have for years. It’s time for everyone to realize that. By talent I mean bands, studio engineers, artists, shops to sell in, and some of the most loyal listeners anyone could ask for. We truly have all the key ingredients in Dayton, so why bother to snub all the great locals who help out and send our work elsewhere? We plan to keep everything in house, and really tap into the potential of a city big enough to have a great music scene, but still small enough to be a tight, self supporting collective… All while putting out diverse and amazing music from so many talented locals!” Project funding will help F.M. Records stock up on the necessary supplies to release its first 4-8 albums, the profits from which will go toward funding future releases.
Deadline: November 5th
Mandy Jewell’s 1st Professional Demo
Mandy Jewell has been part of the open-mic/Musicians’ Co-op scene in Dayton for many years and has a passion for songwriting, but she’s never released a recording of her music. Jewell’s songs have an alt-country influence in the vein of Kathleen Edwards. Project funding will go towards producing a full length album or an EP.
Deadline: December 10th
Triad a new album by James Murrell
Jazz guitarist James Murrell has been a staple of the local jazz scene for several years. His new album, Triad aims to feature old and new material record in collaboration with local musician serving as guest performing and will be recorded in the Dayton area. Short solo guitar pieces will also be featured on the album. Project funding will go toward the recording and production costs for Triad.
To see videos and learn more about each of these projects, including the incentives for backers, visit Kickstarter and search for Dayton, OH.
*Note: there currently aren’t any local music projects on Indiegogo, a funding site similar to Kickstarter, but there are quite a few local, independent film projects including Filmdayton’s Freak Club web series. So if you’re looking to support local projects in other realms, check there as well.