We've been at this music gig awhile now and have experienced many joys and many trials. We've reached the point in which we cannot easily supply the sheer up front costs of putting together a top notch record, and so, we look to you our loyal fans, friends, family and newcomers to the AG circle for a small token of faith in our work, an offering to support this endeavor we love and a commitment to help us with the next phase of our journey.
Our last EP, Love Keeps No Score we are very proud of on many merits. One little known fact is that we essentially had 6 weeks to write and record the material before we left for tour. This put a great deal of pressure on us to churn out the songs. Since we have taken a break from traveling extensively, we've taken a much more laid back and organic approach to writing for this record, in similar ways to our debut release Wake Up and Smell Reality, but this time every bit of the material is fresh, we've virtually not played any of the songs live and we are so excited to share these tunes with everyone because we think they are a great batch of songs... truly.
The costs that go into making a quality record are daunting. Let us illustrate the approximate costs for a 10 song record (we may even end up with 12). These figures do not include our time for writing, rehearsing, recording the tracks, rehearsal space rent and utilities, gear insurance, etc. These are strictly costs paid to other talented folks:
Total Cost: $15,000
We are grateful to the support we have received in our years of this band, and we still desire to create new music that we feel is relevant. We would love for you to join us in this way, and contribute to the funding of this recording, and help keep AG Silver music alive.
We have to fund the rest of it out of pocket. We're currently not traveling, so there is no money to support this venture. We all work full time jobs currently to support our families and this thing we do together called AG Silver. It may delay the project.
We will hire the best producer we can afford to help make the record that much better. Oh and maybe fix the broken generator in our RV.
We are allowing until March 31, 2012 to reach our goal. Our estimated release of the record is March 20, 2012. Once we complete the project, we will expeditiously make arrangements to get you your goodies! Don't worry, we won't take your money and run.
There really is no catch. We're trying to raise the money needed to record our best album to date that we hope will be enjoyed by more people than ever.
We realize that asking for money in tough times is not our ideal, however, the music industry is such that independent artists like us have a very difficult time pressing onward when it costs so much in both time and money that it threatens feasibility and motivation to continue.
We can't thank our families enough for their support. This wouldn't be possible
without them. This project has simply been a collaboration of friends. We rehearse
1-2 times per week. Our families always come first. This is something that we are
doing for fun; to have something that we can be proud of for several years.
If the songs on this record strike the fancy of industry folk and it catapults us into a full time career playing music, we'll have you to thank for it!
The best thing to do is 'like' our facebook page: http://facebook.com/agsilver. The next best thing is to donate at least $15 and gain exclusive access to content throughout the writing and recording process. We're talking about some serious inside scoop.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask us directly. Email to fanfunding [at] agsilver.com
No donation is too small. A donation of a buck will get you a virtual "high-five"
will get you a download of the first two tracks (within 2 days), copy of the digital album early, VIP access to exclusive content section of agsilver.com
will get you all of the above, PLUS we'll tag you in a personalized video thank you message on Facebook, and mail a physical album to you
will get you all of the above, PLUS a ticket to an invite-only listening party with band and inner posse, and the entire digital ag silver catalog of studio recordings (yes, this includes the EP AG Silver from 2000).
will get you all of the above PLUS your name in album credits, a virtual pat on the back, the entire physical AG Silver catalog of studio recordings signed.
Get all the above PLUS crash an AG Silver rehearsal! Spend 30 minutes visiting a rehearsal, listen in on the process of songwriting, request a favorite tune and have some Q&A!
Get everything from the $100 giving level PLUS host your own listening party! We'll come to your house or other suitable venue and preview all the tracks from the new record with stories and Q & A.
Get everything from the $100 giving level PLUS host your own acoustic living room show!
Are these stock options too trivial for you? Email us your cool idea!
fanfunding [at] agsilver.com
AG Silver are an original indie rock band from west Michigan. Having toured the country for the better part of 3 years supporting Wake Up and Smell Reality (2006) and Love Keeps No Score (2008), the past year was dedicated to taking an easier pace and writing new music. Finally the tunes are taking shape and plans are materializing to record a full length album set to release Spring of 2012.