Amanda Palmer Reveals Highs And Lows Of Crowdfunding Success In TED Talk

Amanda Palmer has revealed that she was “hurt” by criticism she received in the wake of her mega-successful Kickstarter campaign to aid her new album Theatre Is Evil.

As Rolling Stone reports, Palmer made the revelation during her TED Talk titled The Art of Funding, which was uploaded this week. More specifically, the criticism peaked when, after funders chipped in $1.2 million to her campaign, Palmer invited musicians to come play with her on tour for no pay, just beer and hugs.

She eventually changed her mind following the very-public backlash to her proposal.

“I got a lot of criticism online after my Kickstarter went big for continuing my crazy crowdsourcing practices, specifically for asking musicians who were fans if they wanted to join us onstage for a few songs in exchange for love and tickets and beer,” Palmer said.

“And this hurt in a really familiar way. People saying you’re not allowed to ask anymore for that kind of help reminded me of the people saying get a job. Because they weren’t with us on the sidewalk and they couldn’t see the exchange that was happening between me and my crowd, an exchange that was very fair to us. But alien to them.”

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