I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that none of you with RIM degrees ever had a seminar in which you discussed having a band solicit donations from their fans in exchange for a share of the master rights to the new album. But that's exactly what AutoVaughn are doing. From a statement released today:
This November, Nashville natives AutoVaughn will hit the road with Cage The Elephant on their first-ever European tour, which they hope to follow up with the release of their second full-length album. Without the support of a label or publisher however, the foursome has set out to fund their dreams by asking for donations from loyal fans, friends, and family around the globe. The band's total goal is $35,000, which will cover tour expenses and production costs for the new album.
No good deed goes unnoticed though, and in an effort to give back to contributors, the band has put together a list of incentives that correspond with donations of virtually any size. From t-shirts, to autographed editions of their current EP The Cycles, to an intimate acoustic show in your living room anything's possible when you drop a few bills in the donation box at AutoVaughn.com.
Additionally, as part of a bold and revolutionary move, AutoVaughn is breaking the mold by offering fans the opportunity to own a portion of the master rights to the new full-length album that the donations will help create. Contributors can also receive their name in the liner notes of the upcoming album. For additional information and a complete list of incentives visit http://www.autovaughn.com.
At least AV are thinking outside the jewel case, and this is pretty much how movies get made, with people buying a share in something that hasn't been made yet. So what do we think?