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Cosby Gibson: New Album Fundraiser

$883 of $1,950 goal

Raised by 29 people in 8 months
The songs are ready, and the new album is about to enter the world. It is called "Into Mid-Air," because that is best place to be ... above the troubles and in the realm of Joy. 

You may already know that I am an independent artist, and that my listeners (like you) are the most important part. 

The songs of this album are written with listeners in mind, and bring a message of importance for everyone. To rise above the inessential ... into mid-air.

Won't you please contribute toward this fundraising campaign? It will allow for production, packaging, and marketing of the new album to be released in November.

Thank you very much, it truly appreciated, and I am very grateful.

Hope you have a wonderful day, and I look forward to having you be part of this amazing journey. 

Big hugs, 
Cosby
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~ Big news for you about the new album ~

Hello, Everyone,
Hope all is well! I'm writing to tell you some fantastic news.

You may have already heard about it from social media. I am writing from Go Fund Me to make sure that you know.

Here it is: The new album has won for Best Folk Album from the Capital District Original Music Awards for 2018. This is the same album that you generously supported through this crowdfunding campaign!

How amazing to think that the album started as a scribble in a notebook, Because of your participation it has grown into success.

Today, a newspaper reporter is interested in writing an article on it, as well as a reporter for the NYS Music website. I will be talking about this crowdfunding and how supportive my listeners are.

I am so grateful and appreciative, and it is an honor to have you as part of this endeavor. I can truly say that this is "our" album, and that makes it all the more special.

Thank you very much again!

Hope you are having a great day, and I look forward to hearing from you,
Big hugs,
Cosby
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Hello Everyone, Hope all is well =) I am writing with great news. The album is finally ready for pre-sale! It is being offered on the Etsy website, and these copies will be specially signed. The link to order is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CosbyGibson.

The songs, videos, and even the packaging are really wonderful, and it is all because of your support. I thank you endlessly, and hope you know how important this is, especially for the continuation of the independent arts.

Whatever may be happening in your life, this album is here to remind you that every moment is precious, and that Joy is the answer.

I look forward to your response about the album, and will speak with you again soon.
Hugs,
Cosby
Pre-order the album here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CosbyGibson
P.S. If you are interested in the digital download copy, it will be available on Friday, November, 17th on the CD Baby website. Will post more about this soon.
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Hello, dear Listeners, hope all is well! I'm writing to tell you that the fundraiser is finished, and that the total is $783. Below are important details for you.

The first thing to consider is based in real life, and that is the income tax on the amount raised. Yes, Uncle Sam reaches into online fundraising (!) and so a certain amount is now put aside for it.

As of this message, the song discs and video discs are completely ready. Because the shipping cost on the orders is over $50 each, I will be driving to the plant to pick them up. This works perfectly, because I am performing a show nearby the plant in New Jersey, and can pick up the discs then. Even though gasoline and tolls will be about $75, the shipping would be over $100, and with the combined trip of the show it is an advantage to drive personally.

The special double cd jewel cases are here, and I have emailed the shrink wrapping plant in Schenectady for a quote.

There is a glitch with the printing of the cover. It seems that the booklet concept will need to change to a simple one-page cover. This is because of the amount raised during the fundraiser. However, after some creative cogitating, an idea has emerged to remedy this. The booklet will be available online through the Drop Box website, and listeners can download it for free with a link that appears in the interior of the album cover. The booklet includes lyrics and pictures, and is an element that I love to include in albums, as it gives depth to listening.

The distribution service (CD Baby) is now paid, and conveniently includes a bar code. A fluke email offered the service for half price, so that's great. CD Baby is officially recognized by the Recording Academy as a national distributor, and therefore we have a head start to meet Grammy submission requirements in 2018.

An important part of the CD Baby website is that it allows for the pre-sale of an album. A pre-sale gives a jump to sales numbers because they are added to the tabulation of sales in the first week of the release of the album (Friday, November 17). A successful pre-sale will be important to raise Nielsen ratings for the album, and in turn possible Billboard ratings, and in turn good publicity.

The performance events for the album release will span from November to December, and then again in the spring. They will be in the Capital District as well as Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, and hopefully the mid-Atlantic states. I'm also hoping to perform at FYE stores again, they are wonderful and very supportive.

A national radio promotion can start after the first batch of albums are sold in order to raise funding. The stations in the Capital District are super, in particular WEXT and their program "Local 518," with Andy Gregory and Chris Wienk. And, of course, great stations in the Utica area, like WBGK Bug Country, with Sandy Silverstein.

I am writing these details to you because now you are in the inner circle. The more you know about all this, the more you can follow along, see the unfolding of the album, and be part of it.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER. Your donations are the ONLY reason why this album can be produced. You are the reason why it will arrive into the world, and how it can fly to the heights of it's destiny.

This brings us to the present, and soon, the promotion for the pre-sale will start. I hope you might plan to participate, as it will increase the importance and value of this album, your album, even more.

Thank you to each and every person who contributed, I am truly grateful, and you are amazing.

Here's hoping you have an awesome day, and I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Big hugs,
Cosby


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Hello Everyone,
Hope all is well, and that the autumn weather is beautiful near you! I am writing to update you in the fundraiser, and the progress of the album.

At present, we have raised $685, among twenty-four contributors, to put toward production and materials (thank you!!). There is one week remaining in the fundraising, and the goal is $1950.

All the songs are written and recorded, and the special videos are ready, too. They are now sent to the production plant and being put onto the discs. The discs will be ready in early November. The double-disc jewel cases are here as well.

I am designing the artist booklet, it is almost complete, and I have met with the printer. A bar code will need to be purchased soon. The cover picture is ready, and in the printer's hands for lettering design. The printing will be ready in early November.

You may ask why the parts of the album packaging are purchased separately. It is because it is more economical. I will assemble the packages myself, then bring them to the shrink wrapping service. Although it is an ecologic question, shrink wrap is a requirement of commercial distributors and many stores.

The title song is now released, and I am promoting it on social media, email and soon the websites. It is in the form of a song video, and it's views on YouTube have doubled since publishing it.

I am hoping to reach the goal of the fundraiser, and it would be wonderful if it rises beyond it. Any funds remaining from the project will be put toward radio promotion, developing merchandise, the album tour, and future batches of album production.

You may already know that this album carries an important message. That is, to rise above troubles and into the realm of Joy. I capitalize the word Joy because it may be the one aspect of life that is closest to truth. It certainly is a most enjoyable one, and I truly hope that you will find Joy in everything you do, and that being involved in this album is part of it!

If you've read all of this to here, it is surely proof of your interest and love of the independent arts, and your belief in supporting and contributing. Thank you so much for everything. Your donations are more significant and essential than you can ever imagine.

Hope you have an amazing day, and I look forward to speaking again soon,
Hugs,
Cosby

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