Pledge Music touts itself as “The new business of making music” and it’s hard to argue. Their crowdfunding platform, similar to Kickstarter or IndieGogo, allows fans to directly patronize artists by enabling them to “back” music projects. Unlike the more general crowdfunding platforms, Pledge Music has a rich suite of tools and resources designed specifically for musicians ranging from promo widgets a to a team of music industry pros. Some other things that set it apart: A portion of the proceeds go to charity, and the goal dollar amount is hidden (percentage to goal is still displayed). In 2013, former major label acts started flocking to the service as crowdfunding asserted itself as not the future, but the present of the music business. Kickstarter, IndieGogo, Rockethub… these might be better choices for the DIY musician because Pledge Music takes a hefty 15% commission, but you get complete campaign management in return. For five-to-six-figure big-time campaigns, you better have someone on top of things. Pledge is leading the pack in crowdfunding specifically for musicians.