The Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition will present a Pioneer Award to Amanda Palmer at the second Artist & Manager Awards in London next month, in honour of the Kickstarter campaign she instigated earlier this year, which raised over a million dollars in pre-sales to fund the release of a new album and art book, and a world tour.
Confirming Palmer’s award, Jon Webster of the MMF told CMU: “We are delighted to recognise innovation in the music space and Amanda Palmer typifies the pioneering spirit that great artists have”.
Meanwhile Palmer herself added: “I’m honoured to be given an award like this, but I’ll accept it on behalf of myself AND the 24,883 folks who backed my Kickstarter, every one of which helped show the world that enthusiasm for supporting artists and their ventures is – contrary to the sky-is-falling attitude of the old music business – alive, well, kicking and, most importantly, WORKING”.
On the new music business, she continued: “The future of the music ‘business’ is blindingly bright, you just need to know which direction to look in. The mainstream structures, now collapsed or collapsing, are still on the wrong track, since they keep asking what the NEXT model is. The truth is: there is no next model. Show me 1000 talented musicians, each with a unique style and personality, and I’ll show you 1000 ways to make a career in music. There is no longer an off-the-shelf solution. My Kickstarter was exciting, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What artists and their audiences will make possible, now that they’re able to connect directly without the aid and criticism of the machine, is going to astound all of us, including me… we’ve only just barely begun a new era of authentic connection with each other”.
The 2012 Artist & Manager Awards will take place at The Troxy in East London on 27 Nov. More info at www.amawards.org