Musicians and fans join together to get albums made - The Boston Globe

Found this article today; it's encouraging stuff.

I actually have a couple clients right now who are raising money this very same way; it's been slow-going for them, but between that and their regular income, they've afforded themselves enough to get the ball rolling.

It would be interesting to see this approach take off; I wonder how it would affect peoples' attitudes about illegally downloading if they felt that their own contributions were being taken? Or would they happily pay their favorite artists to democratize the free distribution of music?

I also wonder how it would affect larger artists; would their fans be less-willing to help them make records, because they feel that the artist is already too rich? Or maybe we simply wouldn't see as many mega-star millionaire musicians?

It's a cool concept, and I hope it's successful and expanded upon.