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Local musician Wyman turns to fans to fund new CD

Rich Wyman has been working on his new CD for two years and he’s itching to get it finished.

That’s why he hooked up with http://www.kickstarter.com , a website that helps artists raise money for their creative endeavors, Wyman said.

"A friend of mine, Kate MacLeod, a folk musician from Salt Lake, recommended Kickstarter to me," Wyman told The Park Record. "She funded her new album through it and I decided to give it a shot."

Through the website, Wyman’s fans can become backers, which means they can donate money to the project. In turn, the fans can receive exclusive goodies that include downloadable files of the recording sessions and songs before they’re released.

"It puts me in more direct contact with my fans," he said. "When they become a backer, they get to belong to an elite email group. With Kickstarter, I can post an update and it will automatically be emailed off to them."

Although a fan can back Wyman with a $1 pledge, the actual packages start at $15.

"If you order package No. 1 for $15, you get a download of each song as the recording finishes, before the song is officially released," he said. "If you order package No. 2, you get package one and package two, which includes a limited edition signed and numbered CD of the new album, sent prior to the official release date and so on. The packages get bigger when the amount increases."

The communication goes two ways, Wyman said.

"My fans can also send me messages and ask me questions throughout the process," he said. "They can ask about what microphones or what instruments I used and all kinds of stuff."

Kickstarter appealed to Wyman because he was tired of how long it was taking to complete the CD, which is called "Good Company."

"It’s a slow process," he said. "I save my money and I go into the studio when I can, which is not the best circumstances in which to make an album. You need to get into the studio and get all your ideas out and work, work, work, work, work, work until you finish it. So, I thought it would be good for me to get the money and then go into the studio."

The first song Wyman recorded for the new CD was "Colors."

"I did that two years ago," he said. "I flew back to New York and did the recording. I released the song and put it on my website and it became a benchmark because I knew how good I wanted it to sound."

In order to get that high-level sound, Wyman has to raise $15,000 for the producers, studio time, equipment and musicians. He’s raised $4,510 so far.

"The days of six-figure recording budgets are long gone," he said. "Five to 10 years ago, major labels were spending $100,000 to make an album. Record labels are going under and music producers are going out of business. So a site like Kickstarter was bound to pop up so that independent musicians can get funded."

There a deadline to reach the fundraising goal, he said.

"That’s Kickstarter’s way to protect people," he said. "They don’t want people giving artists money if the artist can’t do the project and do it right. If the pledges come in at $14,999, I don’t get a penny and no one’s credit card gets charged."

Wyman’s deadline is June 2.

"It was important to have a limit because I wanted to get this done before I go on tour this summer," he said. "It was important to me to have a point of reference to go out and hustle to get some funding."

That’s the reason Wyman is holding a free fundraising event at Silver Star on Sunday, May 29.

"The event is a celebration to reach the goal and hear songs on new album," he said. "There will be food as long as it lasts and I’ll be playing songs.

"I’ll also have some laptops there so people to make pledges during the party."

Rich Wyman will hold a Kickstarter party on Sunday, May 29, at 5 p.m. at Silver Star. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.richwyman.com or http://www.kickstarter.com and search for Rich Wyman.


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