I think one of the main issues that stands out for me is trust. It would be really hard to put all of your hard work and energy into creating something without knowing that there would be some compensation. That usually looks like money; I know Amanda Palmer would say that sometimes it looks like a place to crash, a piano to practice on, a nettie pot...I'm not sure if I could give up so much control either. I think I could make the leap to having faith in your crowd because I love the connectedness between artist and fan, but I'm not sure I would be comfortable not knowing that my basic bills, food, etc would be covered by my work. This could impact my kids too profoundly. Actually, I don't think that I could do it even if I didn't have 4 wonderful kids to factor into my decision.
I also think that I like to take calculated risks. I'm not sure that I would be comfortable ringing a stranger's doorbell late at night, with or without other people by my side. That is incredible trust. All it takes is one dishonourable person to shatter that trust and who knows what might happen. There are some real nutters out there. I also think it would be such an incredible opportunity to meet interesting people and make beautiful connections. All things considered, I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it.
I do think that she has some amazing ideas on music. I think that the larger population needs to rethink how we share and enjoy music in 2013. The leap of trust and faith she has in her fans is amazing to me. To do a kickstart with a goal of $100 000 and then receive support of 1.2 million just shows that sometimes you really can make awesome things happen. She is definitely alongside Metallica and Radiohead in the charge for supporting artists. Granted they have extremely different ways of attempting to activate that support. I pay for my music; I realize most people do not. I am not rich rather I choose to purchase from artists that I really enjoy instead of buying 1 off songs by people that I won't even listen to in a year's time. The music world is changing rapidly and needs to keep up with the developments in the tech world. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the upcoming years. I think you will see a lot more bands like Dave Mathews (one of my absolute favs!), the Grateful Dead, and Phish who make (or made) an honest living by continually touring and making each concert an experience for their fans.
Guess I better go back to my list of favourite things now and add talking about music and trends in the industry to the list...