In our first interview with a female brass player, Kate Amrine talks about music crowdfunding and how she made music a full time career through teaching and performing.

When she started music crowdfunding, Kate Amrine was surprised by how many strangers wanted to support her campaign. It wasn’t the random people that made the difference, though. In addition to reading Ariel Hyatt’s book, Crowdstart, she found more success in cultivating and building personal relationships with people she already knew. Now she spends much of her time developing new repertoire and freelancing with groups in the NYC area. She is also the co-head of Brass Chicks, where she writes about and interviews prominent female brass players.

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Recommendations for Freelance Musicians

  • Try to meet as many people as possiblemusic crowdfunding
  • Find the people you like playing with
  • Find the venues you like playing
  • Go to shows to support musicians you know
  • Going to shows is networking without feeling like its networking

Music Crowdfunding for her Album

  • Reading Crowdstart by Ariel Hyatt was a big help
  • Focused on personal relationships she already had rather than spamming strangersmusic crowdfunding
  • Think about the different groups of people you know that would want to support your project
  • Surprised by how many random people supported her campaign

Ways for Instrumentalists Market Their Music

  • Trying to be more like singer-songwritersmusic crowdfunding
  • Speaking to her audience at recitals about why instrumental pieces she plays are important
  • Sharing the meaning of the music and why the project exists
  • Instrumentalists can also share the background stories of their music

Commissioning Songs for her Album

  • Commissioned 3 songs for her album
  • Selecting the composers for songs for her album
  • Interviewed all of the composers while she was crowdfunding
  • Allowed the composers to tell their stories

Brass Chicks

  • A blog where they interview prominent female brass players
  • Every month has a theme
  • Continuing to build a following on multiple platforms is a goal
  • Non-brass players are also reading the blog

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