Samantha Smith’s New Album

Fundraising campaign by Samantha Smith
  • US$5,299.11
    raised of $10,000.00 goal
52% Funded
82 Donors
Raised offline: $160.00
Total: $5,459.11
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Welcome to my fundraising page! After ten years of writing and performing music, I am thrilled to be finally recording and producing my debut album of original music. I guess it was kind of inevitable that my Media Studies senior thesis would be the creation of this album. 

I have raised enough money at this point to (almost) cover the cost of recording, mixing, mastering, production, the donation offers, the release party, guitar picks, business cards, the website, legal stuff, and most importantly, the studio musicians and engineers. While most of them were students, their talent was incredible and professional and although I am paying them, I am not paying them enough. Therefore I am keeping this fundraising page open forever! Any more money will go toward paying the musicians, and once I have that covered, the extra donations will go toward my community-service based kids choir Young Singers of Orange County to support kids like me. :)

*Here is the art of my incredibly talented cousin, Karen Lilly who painted the portraits for some of my donors - check the offers on right to get your hands on some of her work! Also, I have another artist creating my album cover, so take a look at the art of my incredibly talented aunt, Dede Dammann at "Moore Damm Art"!

See the links in the header to listen to my music around the Internet!

Here’s how you can be involved:

      $$$ - I need at least $10,000 to cover musicians, mixing, mastering, CD production, promotion, etc. Keep in mind this is extremely bare-bones for a professional album, thanks to the awesome friends and musicians who are donating a lot of time, space and talent to make this happen. 

      Watch a streamed show – I’ll be showing some live webcasts on Concert Window, where you can log on at a certain time and see me playing a song in real-time. Cool, right? While you watch, you can donate any amount and I’ll be able to see it happening while I’m on the air. You’ll be able to see me smile every time I get a dollar. :) This will be less often now as I am not having as many public shows, but maybe I'll do a concert for you all in my room!

      Talk to me – Ask me questions, give me suggestions, and visit this site and www.samavalon.com to read and comment on my thoughts and stories. 

      Share this – Make me popular! Honestly, this is the greatest thing you could do for me. The more people that know, the better. If you like my music, chances are your friends are going to like it too. Show me you’ve added 20 new contacts to my fanbase and you’ll get the digi-download for free!

 

 

 

Rewards

"MEDIA-Digi" - Digital download of the album.

16 Backers

"MEDIA-CD" - Media-Digi above, PLUS an autographed copy of the CD, and a hand-written thank you letter from me

24 Backers

"MEDIA-Music+Video" - All of MEDIA-CD above, PLUS a digital download of the making of%93%94 video, complete version with out-takes, showing the story of the creation of my debut album. (Short segments will be put on YouTube, but the full version will never be aired!)

9 Backers

"ART-Sam!" - All of MEDIA-CD above, PLUS a portrait of me done by my incredibly talented cousin Karen and signed by me. Check out Karens website to see her fantastic work!

8 Backers

"ART-you!" - All of MEDIA-CD above, PLUS a portrait of me, PLUS a personal portrait of you (from photo), done by my incredibly talented cousin Karen and signed by me check out Karen%96%92s website to see her fantastic work!

"THE ART WORKS!" - Digital download, signed CD, personal letter from Sam, behind-the-scenes video download with out-takes.

"CO-PRODUCER" - Includes "THE ART WORKS" above, PLUS a chat with me on Skype.

"PERFORMANCE-you're live!" *LIMIT 2 ONLY* - Includes "THE ART WORKS" above, "Co-Producer" above, PLUS sing back up with me during my album launch party (California, June 2014), on the song of your choice! Includes 3 hours coaching/rehearsal with me, and HD video recording of rehearsal and performance. Transport/accommodation not included. Be the star of the party!

"PERFORMANCE-Your Song" - Includes "THE ART WORKS" above, "Co-Producer" above, PLUS Sam will write and record a song just for you - any topic!

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Donors

$10.00
  • Bill Hoynes
  • Donated on Jul 17, 2014
  • Congratulations!

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  • Cara
  • Donated on Jun 24, 2014
  • Sam, you're an incredible person, friend, and musician and I couldn't be more excited and proud of all the work you put into this awesome CD!!

$10.00
Jun 21

What a great release party!

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 03:45 pm

Hi everyone! I had an incredible album release party for Room 325 and I could not have wished for a more wonderful celebration of music, art, and good vibes all around. If you weren't there, here's a breakdown of what happened and who was there:   The party was held at The. . . . .

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Jun 11

Album Release Party in CA!

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 06:14 pm

Hi All, The CDs should be arriving tomorrow - can't wait! Most importantly, I am hosting an album release party this upcoming Tuesday, June 17th from 7-10pm at The Loft in Costa Mesa. RSVP on the facebook page (or email [email protected]) to waive the $10 entrance! Bring friends and family. . . . .

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Jun 04

It's all IN!

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 10:50 am

Just got off the phone with disc makers (www.discmakers.com). Dede and Amy from Moore Damm Art (www.MooreDammArt.com) have been working SO HARD and losing so much sleep over this album cover and I could not have been more picky, difficult, and grateful. These are the two kindest hearts I could. . . . .

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May 29

Back in CA

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 02:36 pm

Hi Everyone, We are past $5,000! This means that the money from here can start to go towards paying these musicians for their fine work on the album... so keep spreading the word and sharing me around. :)  I just got off the phone with Mark, who is mixing and. . . . .

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May 27

Done! (well, almost...)

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 02:00 pm

Well, I guess you can say my album is done, at least as far as everything I can do myself. We finished the final marathon "pre-mastering" session with Mark Dann (over 10 hours!) around midnight last Friday, and now it's up to him to work his mastering magic for me.. . . . .

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May 27

50%!!

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 01:32 pm

Yes, I made it to 50% of my $10,000 goal by the time I graduated! THANK YOU everyone who has backed my project so far. Please tell your friends, and also send them to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaSmithMusic . All that networking is what I need!!

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May 13

Last session!

Update posted by Samantha Smith at 02:26 pm

Hi guys! A few things: 1. I just did a presentation at my Media Studies Thesis Symposium on this project, in which I explained the collective and collaborative work that went (and is still going) into the production process of this album. I shared some of the unmixed, unmastered tracks. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

82 donors
$10.00
  • Bill Hoynes
  • Donated on Jul 17, 2014
  • Congratulations!

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  • Cara
  • Donated on Jun 24, 2014
  • Sam, you're an incredible person, friend, and musician and I couldn't be more excited and proud of all the work you put into this awesome CD!!

$10.00
  • Robin and Pat
  • Donated on Jun 12, 2014
  • Go Sam!

$25.00
  • Jeannie Parkman
  • Donated on Jun 04, 2014
  • Sam, you are amazing, can't wait to put my feet with a glass of wine, and listen, listen, listen!

$25.00
  • Sarah B
  • Donated on Jun 02, 2014
  • I work at a used bookstore with a CD player so I will be sure to show CD case. We're a small bookstore but I know our customers will enjoy your music. I loved the youtube video with Malinda. So very glad I watched it.

$25.00
  • mike & donna goldstein
  • Donated on May 30, 2014
$50.00
  • Francine Brown
  • Donated on May 28, 2014
  • Sam, we already miss you on Thursday nights!

$50.00
  • Savage Family
  • Donated on May 26, 2014
$25.00
  • Matt Goldstein
  • Donated on May 25, 2014
  • This girl is the shit. Buy her music, because it is simply beautiful - fun, touching, smart, and beautiful!

$25.00
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US$5,299.11
raised of $10,000.00 goal
52% Funded
82 Donors
Raised offline: $160.00
Total: $5,459.11

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