We are The Magnets, one of the world& 39;s leading a cappella groups and stars of many a festival, TV and radio show. Behind the scenes we are a hard working small business providing a living to six band members and two technicians as well as a platoon of agents, producers, choreographers, publicists and venue staff. We& 39;re proud to be, in our modest way, that rare thing; a successful British export.
This summer we launched our brand new show Homegrown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a project featuring songs by great British songwriters and our own original songs, and we are currently in the middle of recording the accompanying album. As you can probably imagine, the cost of developing a new show and recording a new album at the same time is pretty huge, and while we& 39;ve been working extremely hard to fund it, we must admit our band kitty is empty with half the record still to complete.
In years gone by this situation has forced us to choose between rush releasing a half-finished album, or getting into some serious debt through a bank loan or overdraft. Fortunately there is an alternative these days called Crowd Funding which has been tried successfully by several bands, and we& 39;re keen to give it a go with your help.
At its most basic crowd funding works by supporters of the band paying for their next album in advance, so that the band have enough money to make the album that their supporters want to hear. However, it is also an opportunity for a band to offer their friends and fans a whole range of options in return for their financial backing, from VIP passes to concerts in their living room.
We hope you will join our funding project via which we& 39;ll be seeking to raise £10,000 to record a further 7 songs (each song costs approx. £1500) to complete our album. The & 39;rewards& 39; we are offering for your money are on the right hand side of the page. We& 39;re only allowed six, so we hope you find one that interests you. If you& 39;ve got any suggestions for different rewards, do let us know and we& 39;ll try and include them if we do this again in the future!
All our thanks for your interest and support in our project. We look forward to celebrating its completion with you somewhere on the road.