Words of Wisdom From Amanda Palmer

by Jason on September 30, 2009 · 3 comments

in Business, Marketing/Promotion, Thoughts

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer

I first became aware of Amanda Palmer when I was researching Twitter and deciding if I should join. I read an article about how she used the service to grow her fanbase, mobilize said fans, and even make a ton of money. I was impressed. It was only after that that I learned about her band Dresden Dolls and her successful solo career.

Since then I have followed her exploits on Twitter and on her blog, which is always an entertaining read. In addition to her music, she has also become famous for flash mobs, naked photos, and internet savvy.

Yesterday she wrote a blog post called Why I Am Not Afraid To Take Your Money that every working musician and artist should read. In it she clearly lays out her reasoning for not being ashamed or afraid to ask her fans to pay her for her work. This is one of the clearest statements of what I call the New Artist’s Creed that I have read to date.

Take note. Amanda knows of what she speaks!

And her, for your viewing pleasure, is a video she made by Tweeting her fans and asking them to come help. The whole thing was thought up, organized and completed in 20 minutes!

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Andrew Durkin September 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

Love the bit about how inventing this new music economy is going to involve a lot of trial and error. There is no template for what modern musicians are trying to do — twenty years from now, I suspect we’re all going to be amazed at how much the music business has changed. (“Is it really true that artists used to have no control over their careers, grandpa?”)

Harold Rosenkrans
Twitter: halrose_jazzman
September 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Cool video – everyone is a-twitter evidently. I shall no longer dismiss it as a passing fad.

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