Regardless of whether or not you like her, you have to respect Amanda Palmer’s social media and crowdsourcing game. In an open letter, published by Salon she offered Morrissey help getting his next album Kickstarter funding. (In a recent interview, Morrissey said that he has a new album ready to go, but can’t find a label willing to back it.) Via Pitchfork:
You’re possibly one of the best candidates on the planet to use crowdfunding, because of who you are and what you mean… You would own all the material, and then cut whatever deal you wanted with whoever, should you choose to distribute the record further. You wouldn’t have to tour and risk your health. You wouldn’t have to do any promotional work for it if you didn’t want to… You’d also be the first artist of your fame and caliber to undertake a project of this kind with your fanbase, which would make it historic…
She also talked about her longstanding love for Morrissey as an artist, called record labels useless, and helped him do some Kickstarter math.
Palmer explains a note she posted on Twitter, inquiring as to how many of her follows would give Morrissey $5 for a digitaly-only release of his record. She calculated that if 500,000 people pre-ordered his album for $5, he’d make $2.5 million.