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The Brassy Broadcast podcast is an exploration of ways we create, engage, and communicate. 

Jul 29, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce you to Shawnee Kilgore in this episode!  She is an Austin, TX based singer-songwriter living a crowd-funding fairy tale.


In 2014, Shawnee launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her fourth solo album, A Long and Precious Road. In her video message to potential backers, a tribute to Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, she held up a card that said "I'm learning to ask for help." This vulnerable and honest phrase struck a chord for one particular music fan perusing Kickstarter projects on his rare off time  Joss Whedon. Whedon, one of Hollywood's most prominent directors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) loved Shawnee's music and her voice, and backed the project, taking the first step towards what would become the unlikeliest of creative partnerships.



Insights and Takeaways


Good things happen when you just “DO THE THING”

Crowdfunding a project v. ongoing fan support from Patreon

Creating a sustainable income with Patreon

Flexing our songwriting muscles

Why house concerts rock

Working on an EP with Joss Whedon


Links and Resources


Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon Back to Eden

Shawnee Kilgore

Shawnee Kilgore is creating a song a week! | Patreon

Shawnee Kilgore (@ShawneeKilgore) | Twitter


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