The way the music industry has shifted, bands are making more money from touring than they are from CD sales. If you don’t have the money and you’re not signed to a major label, where do you find the money? Crowdfunding is becoming more popular for bands to get help raising money for what they need. We have a few ideas for you that could help reach your financial goal and get you on the road that much sooner.
You already know how to play your instrument, so why not teach online lessons? That is the wonderful thing about the internet. You can do everything online today. You have the freedom to charge what you want, and also offer a competitive rate because you don’t have any overhead. You just need a computer with a built in camera. Skype is free to use and you can actually have your customers pay you directly through PayPal when using it. Another alternative would be the Google Helpouts. It offers you nearly the same thing and it even offers you a calendar so your students can book their own lessons with you. Online lessons can be a great way to pull in some extra income to get you going on your tour. Plus, when you’re famous, your students now have bragging rights that you taught them.
You can also use your basic websites like GoFundMe and KickStarter to ask people straight up for donations. Most people want a little something in return and how to run a successful Kickstarter Campaign is a completely other topic that we will explore later.
It is becoming more common that bands are inviting their fans to just come on tour with them. You can charge a fee (plus their own travel expenses) to have them experience life on the road with you. It can work with your local travel agency to get special deals for your fans. You can have a fan as “Roadie for the Day.” Your true die hard fans would love this opportunity to get to see the backstage you.