I’ve had to ask for money quite often in my life. It always came to me as a kid without even asking.
That was a great time in life. Unfortunately, I’m not a kid anymore.
I hate asking for money. I’m proud. I don’t want to admit that I need something from someone else.
That’s why I sometimes have the urge to feel guilty when I ask people to open their digital wallets and give wheels to my music.
My pride fights the movement of my music.
It’s not begging, and I’m not stealing people’s money.
It’s an exchange of goods.
If you buy a ticket to a concert, you get to go inside. But if you pay a little more, you get V.I.P. seats. And if you pay even more than that, you get backstage.
So it is for crowdfunding.
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For example, with a Kickstarter campaign or a Patreon page, the more you pay, the greater rewards you get. You get exclusive rewards in exchange for your cash (or numbers on a screen).
When I run a crowdfunding campaign, the fan and I are exchanging hard-earned money for hard-earned songs and other rewards. Just the same as buying a CD or a ticket to a concert.
I don’t think crowdfunding should produce guilt or agitation on either side. We’re all friends here, right?