Last winter was a deep one, smothered in snow and made colder by doubts about how much longer we could hold on to the art of making songs. After a decade of relentless creative work which produced 5 albums, we realized that we had been working for next to nothing, breaking even or going into debt to bring these songs to your ears.
We watched our musical tribe drown in the tsunami of music streaming as corporations like Spotify devalued our work, paying pennies per year. Our musician friends moved to cheaper states or stopped recording. The few who kept creating music survived by the grace of donations from their fans who saw their struggle and rose like bonfires, warming their nights, urging them on. Their fans paid for European tours, vinyl albums, CD’s, hotels, rent, software, guitars, diapers and mandolins. Their fans shouted, “We’ll pay the bills if you make the music!”
Recently, a duo raised $40,000 to sustain them as they make a new album. We've seen this kind of generosity too, in fans who handed us checks which read: Keep Going! Or Your Music Matters! We even have fans who donate each month to remind us of our mission. To those of you who have kept the broccoli in our bowls and our wheels on the road, Thank you!
Fan funding seems to be the only remaining path to sustainably making & releasing music anymore. We just can’t keep creating alone. How can we keep working with little income? If you can help us, we’ll keep making music. If you can’t, we’ll find other work to pay bills.
It’s hard to ask for money. It feels like begging. But if billionaire politicians can do it in order to destroy, why can’t we do it to create?
Will you help us create a new Winterlings album? We’re ready to work hard on new songs so that we can hand you an album you can be proud of and, while you wait, we’ll offer you other creative work – from handwritten lyrics to Wolff’s paintings (www.ThePaintedPoet.com) – as rewards for keeping our music alive. You can also just donate, or have us send your reward to someone else as a holiday gift.
We planned to run this crowdfunding campaign for one month but had multiple donors who needed extra time to make donations (some are promised for early 2020) so we're keeping our fingers crossed and the donations open.
We hope to raise between $16K- 34K to pay for expenses during the 8-12 month album creation and launch process.
We'll keep you updated on our progress via emails and the blog on this page. We’ll also keep you updated as we make the album!
Your donation will help us cover:
Gas for heat
Internet / Web Services
Album Art Design
Postage / Shipping
Stretch Goals with Additional Funding
Hiring Session Musicians
We’d love to give each song what it deserves, which is often a month of solid days.
We hope to have the album finished by Summer or Fall of 2020.
To select art (examples at www.ThePaintedPoet.com), Wolff will send you images of available art via text or email. If you prefer to meet in person to choose art or make a donation, let us know. We will pay for shipping and delivery of all rewards to the best of our ability. If you live in Sweden, you might have to help...
The DONATE button is a non-tax gift to our musical mission, whereas the "Rewards" buttons are considered "sales" and are taxable (for WA residents) by the State of Washington. Out of staters shouldn't incur tax for any reward.
We have a HOUSE CONCERT REWARD for donations over 1K, but use the donate button because it’s an experience, so not taxable.
Feel free to reach out if you'd like to make alternative arrangements to support us other than Paypal, as they also take 3% + .30 from each donation.
If you can’t donate, shout! We still love you. Help us spread the word on social media and through grassroots connections.
Questions? Send us an email at info at Winterlings.com or give us a call.
We thank you and think of you every day as we strum and sing and pay for the things we need to keep our songs moving from our hearts into your ears.
Together we can make magnificent art.