The State of the Independent Musician
by Max Blau
The most important statement in music this year was made on the streets of Melbourne, Australia. Amanda Palmer, dressed in a gold-and-pink kimono with a keytar slung over her shoulder, starred in a three-minute music video, saying nothing. Instead she held up more than 50 small posters explaining her desire to raise $100,000 from her fans to make a new record, publish a book and fund a tour.
That video was a main promotion for Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign, which launched on the last day of April. Her fundraising...