amanda needs money, we all need money, it's a cold hard fact of life
MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND (love and devotion just don't cut it anymore)
amanda's record label shafted her and left her for broke, and now shes got bills to pay, these aren't just the regular bills that you and i have, like rent, food, alcohol, clothes, entertainment, she has other bills, and for all incentive purposes amanda is her own business, she has to pay her manager, her personal assistant, her tech support team, she's also got her touring costs which include travel, venue hire, her sound and lighting guy, touring promoters, accommodation (when she doesn't get fans to house her), renting a keyboard (cause she doesn't always use her own). i'm sure there are things i have left out and forgotten, but all these things add up, it's no wonder she is in debt.
so she has to make money and she's doing that the only way she knows how, by butting out that virtual hat, and asking us to give what we can.
but we all know this, as fans we have read her blogs, watched her web casts, we've been swamped with tweets, amanda has told us that times are tough and the revolution has arrived.
the people that are judge her the most her the people who don't know this, the people who are just starting to learn about who she is and what she does, and one of the first thing they discover about her is that she openly and willingly sells used dildos over the internet via a web cast auction. this would be the point were a lot of people who don't understand, will step back go 'WTF!' and run for the hills, and these people are potential fans.
i say bring back the middle man, well in a way.
a lot of these things become acceptable to and onlooker when done by some one who is not the artist. what i am suggesting is to have a middle man that is in the same spirit as 'evelyn evelyn' a middle man who isn't a middle man but for some who who didn't know who it really was would find the situation legitimate.
did any of that make sense?
as for paying for web casts. i don't like the idea. having a "virtual hat or tip jar" link on the web cast page would be cool. but there are too may fans that can't afford it. amanda strives to make that connection with her fans, it's a rare privileged, and by charging people, it will make it exploitations, it's saying ' i will only connect to my fans it they are going to pay me for it' like someone else said it would be like paying to read her blog or get her twitter updates. besides you never know what's going to happen in a web cast, sometimes you get really cool ones, like when she played 'australia' for the first time, any other times you get footage from a forgotten about mac, while everyone get ready for a film clip shoot, you would never know what you are paying for. then there is also the question of what to do with the archived videos. do you have to pay to access those, or are they just not going to be archived, and if they aren't archived, what about those people who miss out or are in other times zones, do they just miss out because they happen to be asleep or at school or at work. it just wouldn't be fair.
if you start charging for web casts where do you draw the line, because the next thing you know there will be a membership fee for the shadowbox, and a monthly subscription costs ( i know this is a bit extream, but it helps me make my point)
i say she should keep going like she is, auctions, merchandise, making art.
(maybe should could just pimp herself out, and have a kissing booth instead of a signing table and charge a dollar a kiss)
in the end people spend their own money the way they want to spend it, and if it is in support of the music, art, entertainment that they enjoy that's even better, because if there is no funding, our amanda will be a staving, and she won't be able to share her art with us.
on a side note, amanda has shed light on the path for up and coming artists to follow and they too are asking for money, kim boekbinder, many of you will know her as one half of vermilion lies, wants to make a solo album, but needs money to make it happen, because she like amanda is broke, please help her out. it would be a shame if the world did not get to experience her music. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/KimBoekbinder/kim-boekbinder-solo-recording