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Thread: Crowdfunding Disaster: PledgeMusic.com

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    It does not surprise me because PledgeMusic have had atrocious reviews for the last few years:

    https://www.trustpilot.com/review/pledgemusic.com

    However some of their competitors do not fare any better:

    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/business/gofundme.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proglodite View Post
    http://aminbhatia.com/projects/albums/more-about-is25/

    The only crowd-sourcing I did was for the blu-ray surround release of Amin Bhatia's Interstellar Suite. After many delays I finally received what appeared to be a BD-R of the release in really flimsy CD-wallet sleeve. Apparently at some point the rights were no longer available to him, and instead of refunding the crowd-sourced funds, he sent these things out. Now if he'd included the 'coffee table' book that's shown in the link above, I probably wouldn't have felt so 'cheated'... --Peter
    I got that "coffee table"-book (not really) together with a couple of CD's, a mini-cd, a long-sleeve shirt and a USD-stick, so although the DVD-R was a disappointment in regards of it's cover, I was happy with the total-package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    I pledged on John Zorn's The Book Beri’ah box set last year, and just recently got an email announcing that Tzadik never got a penny of the funds and they are now going to release a special series of vinyl collectibles to raise money to pay off their debt for the PledgeMusic project. I think a lot of us assumed the PledgeMusic was putting the money aside for the artists and that their operating expenses were paid by their own cut. As it turns out, they were running a bit of a pyramid scheme.
    Ugh. This is most unfortunate to read. I would have waited if I knew for sure the discs would have been released separately (which at the time there was no word of...in fact any information about it was limited), but being I was afraid of missing out, I felt like I had to order it from pledgemusic. Guess I should be happy I got anything from it, but it really sucks that Zorn & Co, got nothing.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    I'm glad he seems to have a more positive outlook on this situation than he has any business having.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    I'm glad he seems to have a more positive outlook on this situation than he has any business having.
    I was very struck by that too.

    I bet when The New York Times isn't watching he goes home and kicks his saxophone.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    I was very struck by that too.

    I bet when The New York Times isn't watching he goes home and kicks his saxophone.....
    As long as he records it for inclusion on his 10th album release of the year.

    But yeah...I would have to assume deep down he is quite gutted about the whole thing. Especially since raising money beforehand through a pledging site was an unusual step for him to take.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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