CASH Music Crowdfunding $50K for Musician-Tech Summits


CASH Music, a non-profit, musician-friendly group of tech crusaders, is in the home stretch of their latest crowdfunding campaign. At the time of this writing, the group has raised just over $33,500 of their $50,000 goal from 315 backers — and MailChimp has kicked in an extra $10,000 to push them even closer.

Early last year, CASH raised over $60,000 to fund the development of their free, open-source website content management system for bands and musicians. This time, they’re taking the mission of empowering musicians even further by organizing a series of four summits across America (Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Seattle). These summits will be a hodgepodge of presentations, panels, workshops, networking opportunities, forum discussions, hack days and parties that bring together luminaries from music, tech and the music business in general. The goal is to facilitate a conversation that helps all parties figure out how to prosper in the new digital economy. The idea of having the summit in four cities instead of one seems ambitious, but it speaks powerfully to the increasingly localized, fragmented nature of the new music business. Here’s their video pitch:

We’re rooting for the campaign to reach its goal, and we encourage you to show your support. At $150, the Kickstarter ticket prices for the summits themselves are a bit out of reach for the average musician’s wages, but you can support CASH by backing at smaller amounts for rewards like pins and T-shirts. We here at Songhack hope to visit the summit in New York. The summits have not yet been scheduled other than to be held in 2014.

Confirmed speakers so far include: Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon and Naomi), Harper Reed (former Chief Technology Officer, Obama for America), David McCreath (Mule Radio), Dan Sinker (OpenNews, Punk Planet, Internet Shenanigans), JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), Anil Dash (ThinkUp, Movable Type, The Internet), Dapwell (Das Racist, Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project), Jonathan Coulton, Mark Surman (Executive Director, Mozilla), Larry Crane (Tape Op), John Roderick (The Long Winters), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Beth Ditto (Gossip), Erin McKeown, Chris Kaskie (President Pitchfork, The Dissolve).