GIVE AB SOTO A KICKSTART…


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Just received a message from AB Soto to say that he’s working on his 3rd album, so I decided to write a quick blog to tell you about it. As is the modern way, he is using the power of .kickstarter.com.

Seven things to know about Kickstarter:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 7.2 million people have pledged $1 billion, funding 71,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Amanda Palmer Kickstarter

“There’s just something magical about Kickstarter… You immediately feel like you’re part of a larger club of art-supporting fanatics.”

Amanda Palmer, who rallied 25,000 backers to support her album, book, and tour.

4. Creators keep 100% ownership of their work.

Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere — or a private screening for you and your friends. One artist raised funds to create a wall installation, then gave pieces of it to her backers when the exhibit ended.

5. Creative works were funded this way for centuries.

Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.

Stephen Heleker Kickstarter

“The most democratic way art has ever been made.”

Stephen Heleker, who raised $21,000 for his short film “Smoke”

6. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.

It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends’ projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas. Some projects take longer than anticipated, but creators who are transparent about issues and delays usually find their backers to be understanding.

7. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.

We’re an independent company of 91 people based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We spend our time making Kickstarter a little bit better every day, answering questions from backers and creators, and finding new projects to share. If a project is successfully funded, we apply a 5% fee to the funds collected.

We believe that creative projects make for a better world, and we’re thrilled to help support new ones. Building a community of backers around an idea is an amazing way to make something new.

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This is what AB Soto had to say about his new project, “I’m inspired and ready to get back into the studio and record another album!

Ok, so I wanted to make a cute KICKSTARTER video but honestly I was a bit overwhelmed so I decided to just speak from the heart. Let’s just be real. She keeps it real. I’m ready to make another album. She’s back from her tour, she’s feeling nice & rested and she’s ready to get into the studio and make new music! It’s been over a year since I released my last album and I’m really inspired to create new music. I’ve grown as an artist and have collected a lot of inspiration on my travels.

Being an independent artist is extremely rewarding because I am in charge of everything from creative direction to bookings. I love what I do and I work my butt off. Sometimes finding ways to fund projects gets tricky. Studio time and production fees are expensive and I really want to make a high quality album that we can all be proud of. So with that said: I need your help raising enough money to record my next album.

Our goal is to raise $10k in 30 days. This money will go towards studio time, producer software and fees, mastering, distribution, CD duplication, etc.

This Kickstarter is basically your way of PRE-ORDERING and being the first to hear the album. You’ll also be the first to get behind the scenes updates of the creative process, plus teasers, pics, and lyrics. $10 gets you the digital download & $25 gets you a limited edition CD along with the digital download. Check out the free album t-shirt reward if you’re able to give more.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support from day one. I’m super excited to share what I’ve been working on with you. If you’re a producer or interested in doing any collaborations I’d love to hear from you. Help me spread the word and share with your friends. That’s pretty much it. $10k. 30 days. Go!”

Love,

AB

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$25 CD includes Limited Edition artwork booklet.
Pre-Order my new album here-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14084034/ab-soto-new-album

Photo: Oscar Ouk Clothing: Bcalla Bradley Kevin Callahan

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Maybe AB Soto will make a video for our Give ’em Hope Campaign….

To access all our videos and stories so far, please check out the official website.http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html

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WHAT IS THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN?

Stage One – The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online video initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories.

The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.

All of our videos can be found on our youtube channel.

THE NBI ASSOCIATES YOUTUBE CHANNEL CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/NBIassociates?feature=mhee

Stage Two – has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.

Write your story or make and send your video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

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SHARE YOUR STORY AND HAVE IT SHOWN ON:

THE NBI ASSOCIATES YOUTUBE PAGE: NBIassociateshttp://www.youtube.com/user/NBIassociates?feature=mhee

NBI WORDPRESS:https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/category/give-em-hope-campaign-nbi-associates/

THE NBI ASSOCIATES/ GIVE ‘EM HOPE WEBSITE:
http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html

Stage Three – is the living family support network which flourishes on facebook. Both the group and sister page are staffed by an international team of compassionate administrators, of diverse backgrounds, who provide unrivalled support and guidance.

JOIN THE “Give ‘em Hope” GROUP ON FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/226577107352368

COME AND VISIT OUR SISTER PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/GIVEemHOPE

NBI/GIVE ‘EM HOPE BLOG:https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/

GIVE ‘EM HOPE GOODIES:http://www.cafepress.com/giveemhope

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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