The business of being a musician has never been easy, but the complications of an increasingly shrinking market for album sales has prompted more bands to get more creative about how to meet the bottom line. It gets even more complicated when you factor in the costs of touring, given the high price of fuel. In an effort to raise money without racking up unnecessary debts, local band Barbarian and singer-songwriter Josh Damigo have each launched Kickstarter campaigns to fund their upcoming tours.
Barbarian, who will be touring with Bat For Lashes on the East Coast later this month, is in the middle of a campaign to pay for the tour expenses. They are seeking to raise $3,000, half of which will go toward van rental, the other half toward fuel costs. As perks for contributors to the fundraising effort, they are offering various packages of music—including their new EP City of Women, recently reviewed in CityBeat—in digital and vinyl formats. And one extra-generous contribution of $1,000 will get someone a private performance by the band, within a 100-mile radius of San Diego. The campaign ends on Aug. 18, and is around 20 percent funded.
Damigo also has a tour planned, starting in San Diego on Aug. 30, circling the United States and ending back in San Diego on Oct. 26. So far, Damigo has 30 tour dates booked and has set a goal of $4,000 to pay for the expenses of fuel, food and lodging. He's also offering perks such as music in various forms, as well as T-shirts. And if anyone goes above and beyond the funding goal and pays a lump sum of $5,000, he will get any tattoo on his arm that the contributor requests. The campaign ends Aug. 31 and is currently around 45-percent funded.