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Campaign is to raise funds for the completion and release of Matt Townsend's debut LP "The Wonder of the World"
Matt Townsend
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Ashevile, North Carolina
United States
1 Team Member

My name is Matt Townsend. I'm a songwriter, singer, guitar and harmonica player living in Asheville, NC
Over the past year I have been recording my debut LP backed by a full band.
I am raising funds to enable the successful release of this album into the world.
Additionally, 10% of the money raised will go to Arts for Life, A nonprofit organization providing art therapy for people suffering from illness or disabilities.


Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World by Matt Townsend Music

View a music video of the lone acoustic track from the album:

My solo acoustic EP:


Review of the EP:


What We Need & What You Get

In essence, what I am asking personally from you in this campaign, is to invest in my potential as an artist and to help me to establish my career.

By raising these funds, I'm hoping to gain the ability to release this album in a manner that sets it up for the most success.

What the money is for:

$1,200-$2,500 for publishing cd's

$2,000-3,000 to hire a publicist

Perhaps the true "perk" for giving to this fundraiser, more than the material things you will receive, is the knowledge that you are helping me as an artist to establish my career, so that I can do what I love in a sustainable way.

*For those who pledged $10 at the first campaign, a $15 donation here gets you the Limited Edition CD
*For those who donated $25, a $10 Donation here gets you a Limited Edition CD
(just leave a note when you donate)

The Impact

In hiring a publicist who is connected to the music industry, the hope is to spread the word of the album amongst the media, garner some reviews and hopefully some radio airplay. The hope is that these reviews will be positive, and more and more people will find out about the music. For more information on music publicity, read this article: http://exclaim.ca/MusicSchool/NeedToKnow/how_to_understand_music_publicity-publicise

It would be a real shame not only for me, but for everyone who has invested so much in this record to not give it the best shot that it can to succeed.

Creating music for me has been literally a life saving enterprise. Writing songs and playing music has helped me survive some of the darkest times of my life. I am so grateful to be able to do it at all, because there was a time when I couldn't. It is difficult sometimes for people to see the work that goes into being an artist in the world. There are countless hours of unseen work, practicing in secret, trying out songs far away from critical minds, finding out who you are as an artist as well as a person, and all the while trying not to make too much sense of it anyways.

Music and the creation of art in general gives people a voice in a world where it is all too often very hard to find one. This is especially true for quiet folks like myself. Music allows you to connect to a greater beyond, a world beyond this one, through the heart and mind, and to find clarity and understanding of your own experience. It has incredible healing power, and, as an old man bagging groceries at the grocery store checkout line commented to me last week, "Man, can you imagine the world without great music? It would be a terrible, terrible place."

I'm offering this work to the world, knowing that I'm putting forth my best work, and I hope that it connects with people. It's a confusing world in the music industry these days, but I believe that if we put this album into the right hands, it can connect with a lot of people. In addition to the money going towards this record, we are teaming up with Arts for Life, an organization providing art education programs for people suffering from serious illness or disabilities. 10% of the money raised will go to this organization. 

To me, creating art is ultimately about serving others. It is taking our individual experience and expression and giving it to the world in hopes that the world may better understand itself, or at least, feel something. Creating art can bring about remarkable healing, and organizations like this are bringing that ability to the people that need it most.

NOTE: Indiegogo charges only 4% if we reach the fundraising goal, but 9% if we do not.

Basically, 3,500 = 3,255 if we reach our goal

Other Ways You Can Help

Please, please spread the word. I know some of you contributed to the initial campaign and I am so grateful for that. If you are unable to contribute any more, sharing this campaign is far and away the most helpful thing you can do. Please help spread the word to anybody and everybody.

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This campaign ended on January 20, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Digital Download

    You receive a digital Download of the album before the public release. *For those who donated $25 on the first campaign, a $10 Donation here gets you a Limited Edition CD (just leave a note when you donate) Also my gratitude :)

    7 claimed
  • $15USD
    Physical Copy of the Album

    For $15 you will receive a physical copy of the album Also my gratitude :)

    4 claimed
  • $25USD
    Physical Copy/Limited

    This option is for those who donated $10 on the first campaign and would like to upgrade to the Limited Edition. If this is your first donation, you will receive personalized physical copy of the album. *please leave a note about past donation Also my gratitude :)

    11 claimed
  • $50USD
    Limited Edition of the Album

    You will recieve a Limited Edition of the Album which includes: -The story of the creation of the album -Hand printed lyric sheets -a collection of photos -Additional Artwork Also my gratitude :)

    4 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    Limited Edition / Art Prints

    You will receive the limited edition album package, as well as a print/poster of artwork from the album. Also a complimentary ticket to a future Matt Townsend concert Also my gratitude :)

    0 out of 20 claimed
  • $250USD
    House concert with Matt

    You will recieve a physical copy of the album, and additionally I will play a house concert for you and your friends/family/whoever you invite. Ideally in the Southeast/Northeast, but we can work out arrangements for other places. Also my gratitude :)

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $500USD
    Exec. producer/ House Concert

    You will receive an executive producer credit in the liner notes of the album, as well as the Limited Edition album package. You will also get a House concert with Matt for you and your friends/family/whoever you invite. Ideally in the southeast/northeast but we can work out arrangements for other places. Also my gratitude :)

    0 out of 7 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Full-band house concert

    You will receive an Executive Producer credit in the liner notes of the album, as well as a full band house concert. Also a copy of the album. *Asheville area or incorporated into future tour dates Also my gratitude :)

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    Exec. Prod./Ticket for Life

    You will receive an Executive Producer credit in the liner notes, as well as a Ticket For Life, i.e. free entrance into any future Matt Townsend concert in any capacity. Also my gratitude :)

    0 out of 5 claimed
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