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Musicians find a new wave of funding. Enter Kickstarter (again)

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
At this point in her young life — she is only 22 — Julia Nunes’ résumé could highlight her experience working as “the go-to baby sitter for all of Rochester” or patrolling Manhattan’s Times Square with a sign on her back advertising tickets to a comedy show.

“But the real answer,” Nunes says of her work experience, “is none.”

As is often the case with musicians, the Fairport native is being a little hard on herself. It’s work to self-release three albums, building a career through today’s grassroots high-tech highway of your own website, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Her amusing, charming and handcrafted videos have received millions of Internet hits.

Now, with her fourth album ready for release, she’s stepping out from the safety of her indie womb. Nunes has a manager, a booking agent and the same high-powered publicity company that handles Bruce Springsteen. Her next video wasn’t shot in her bedroom by a camera mounted on her computer; it’s being produced by professionals. She has been playing the Sundance Film Festival this past week, and Tuesday she’s the musical guest on Conan O’Brien’s WTBS talk show.

Pittsford’s Teddy Geiger traveled a different road. He was a teen sensation with a movie deal, a role on a short-lived TV show and a successful album backed by Columbia Records, followed by an international tour. He had a following of mostly teenage girls.

But his relationship with Columbia ended in 2008, and for his second album, he’s following a similar route as Nunes as they navigate a whole new business model of funding artists. Venture capitalists only begrudgingly accommodate artists — that’s nothing new. But now artists have a new avenue to find benefactors: the Internet.

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