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Protest the Hero NEW ALBUM

We have completed all of our obligations to record labels. It's time to go it alone and take control of our careers. It's now or never!

**note on shipping: for the two perks that require shipping, if you forgot to add it into your contribution, please just make a no perk contribution for the correct amount

Short Summary

Can you believe that we've been a band for 13 years and counting? We've finally decided to take matters into our own hands and want to raise money for the album directly from the people who have helped keep this band going all these years. In this time, we've release 3 full length albums, a live DVD/CD, as well as an EP and a 7 inch. We've toured all over the world (but still wanting to check off more destinations and visit more places) and pretty much lived and breathed this band as long as we've been in existence.

We are finally free from all obligations and want to be in control of our “careers”. In general, the record industry is backwards and we'd be stupid to renegotiate with anyone at this time. Crowdfunding seems to be something that's working. Whether or not this is the next thing for the music industry, it's a way that supporters of a band can know exactly where their hard earned dollars are going. No middlemen, no commissions, no bullshit.

 

What We Need & What You Get

Over the last couple months, we kept our ears to the ground, watched other people use this method and actually succeed. There have been many different approaches and fans of music are starting to understand this format, but it's lacking something. Bands and artists don't show you how the money gets spent.

We however, will account to you to show you how every penny is spent and prove that making a top notch record comes at a price. Who knows, if we exceed our goal we will be able to do things we may have only dreamed about. Essentially, the success of this campaign will determine how amazing this record will become. We are set up for Flex Funding which means if we don't reach our goal, we are still getting the money that is raised. So, if we don't reach our goal, we will have to reevaluate how we are planning to do this record. Regardless, we are ready to deliver this thing however our campaign plays out.

Remember, anything that is available through the perks is exclusive to the campaign. The CD Digipak, Gatefold Vinyl, and Tshirt are all one time offers. None of them will ever be printed again in this way.

 

Exclusive Protest The Hero Sweatshirt design by Dan Mumford
Exclusive Protest The Hero Shirt design by Dan Mumford
Exclusive Designs by Dan MumfordGuitar Picks

 

Exclusive Fundraiser Packages


Pack 1 - Digital Album DownloadPack 2 - Exclusive CD DigipakPack 3 - Signed Limited Edition VinylPack 4 - CD, Exclusive Tee-Shirt, Guitar PicksExclusive SweaterPack 6 - The Leage of Ordinary GentlementPack 5 - Album Listening PartyPack 7 - Arif's Post Card ClubPack 8 - Rody KaraokePack 9 - Pizza Party at Tim's HousePack 10 - Signed Ibanez Prestige GuitarPack 11 - Protest Covers Any SongPack 12 - Be Heard On The New Album


The Impact

By taking part in this experiment you yourself are taking charge and helping to change how we make music. You are putting faith in us to come through and show you that we've learned a couple things over the years. Every time we've headed into the studio in the past, we've kept all the people who have supported this band in mind. The level of responsibility is so much higher this time.

With that in mind, we give you our word that we will not settle for “good enough” - we wont take any shortcuts, and above all – the money we raise in this thing will be reflected in the final product.

Here's to making our best album yet.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

If you don't know what to think about this idea and aren't sure you can commit – there are other ways you can help out. Spread the word! Tell your family and friends and let them know what's going on. We don't expect everyone who's listened to and enjoyed our music to jump on board, just let people know this is happening. With all the social networking and ways we now connect with one another, by posting links to this page you are reaching places we would never be able to reach.



Budget

Here's a projected budget we've prepared to give you an idea as to how we've planned to allocate the funds. (Budget is based on reaching our goal).

Recording Budget  
   
Expenses  
Pre Production ($200 a song) $2,000.00
Launch Video $1,500.00
Studio Fees  
Studio Time $22,500.00
Producer Fees $20,000.00
Other Workers (engineer, assistants) $8,000.00
Gear Rental $2,000.00
Gear Purchase $2,500.00
Tech work $1,500.00
Per Diems ($25) $4,000.00
Band Salary per member, per month $833.33
Session Fees TBD
After Recording  
Mixing Fees $8,000.00
Mastering $2,500.00
Artwork $2,500.00
Exclusive Artwork $1,500.00
Other Expenses  
Management Commission TBD
Travel $1,500.00
Accommodations $2,000.00
Hard drives and other random expenses $700.00
   
Grand Total $92,700.00
   
Fundraising Total $125,000.00
Indie GoGo Fees (4%) -$5,000.00
Credit Card fees (3%) -$3,750.00
Adjust Gross $116,250.00
Cost of Goods for Perks (20%) -$23,250.00
   
Studio Money $93,000.00

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