Can You Use Pay Pal?
March 5, 2008 at 5:05 AM (PT)
JILL SOBULE, who first attracted attention with the song "I Kissed a Girl," has set up a Web site asking fans to donate money so she can make a new CD. She set a goal of $75,000 and, in a month, she's made about $58,000 as of midday TUESDAY. Contributors can choose a level of pledges ranging from the $10 "unpolished rock," which earns them a free digital download of her disc when it's made, to the $10,000 "weapons-grade plutonium level," where she promises "you get to come and sing on my CD. Don't worry if you can't sing -- we can fix that on our end."
For the $500 "gold level," SOBULE will mention your name in a song, maybe even rhyme with it. The $750 "gold doubloons level" is "exactly like the gold level, but you give me more money."
"The old kind of paradigm, where you've always waited for other people to do things, you'd have your manager and your agent," she said. "You'd wait for the big record company to give you money to do things and they tell you what to do. This is so great. I want to do everything like this."
She set the $75,000 goal because she wanted to do things right. Well-known producer DON WAS has agreed to work with her, and she expects friends like CYNDI LAUPER and JOHN DOE to sing with her. She also needs to pay for making and distributing the CDs, and promotion to publicize it.