May 1, 2012


Amanda Palmer Raises $300K In 24 Hours

Daniel Boczarski/Redferns
Daniel Boczarski/Redferns

UPDATE: Fans have now pledged more than $360,000 to Amanda Palmer's Kickstarter project to fund her next album.

On Monday, idiosyncratic singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer started a Kickstarter project to raise enough money to create what she called her "first big, legit studio album since breaking with a major label."

The date was April 30—the punk-cabaret songstress' birthday—and she was looking to raise $100,000 in donations within a 30-day time frame. Within seven hours, her devoted Internet fanbase helped her reach that goal. 

Now on May 1—less than 24 hours later—more than 5,000 people have pledged nearly $300,000 toward Palmer's new album. In other words: Holy sh*t. That's almost three times the amount of money she asked for in less than 24 hours. And these excess donations are coming from people who know full well she had already reached her goal. 

By our count, that's insane. 

Speaking of Amanda Palmer and Kickstarter, check out our video interview with her: She explains why the music project-funding website is the industry's future. And if YOU donated to Palmer's project, tell us in the comments below the video!