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Amanda Palmer launches The Art of Asking Everything podcast

Artist Amanda Palmer has always been eager to explore new ways of connecting with her fans. The latest example is a weekly podcast, The Art of Asking Everything.

It launches on 29 September with 10 episodes already lined up, and like some of the most popular artist podcasts (Jessie Ware, George Ezra etc) it will see Palmer interviewing a range of guests. Elizabeth Lesser, Lenny Henry, Laura Jane Grace, Eli Pariser and KT Tunstall are among those appearing in the first run.

Palmer is funding the podcast’s production through crowdfunding platform Patreon, where she has nearly 15,000 patrons now.

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Amanda Palmer has raised nearly $1.6m so far on Patreon

A story about Amanda Palmer crowdfunding leading the Music Ally Bulletin? Today’s email is brought to you by 2012… But no: Palmer continues to be one of the most successful crowdfunders in the music world, but nowadays she’s operating on fan-funding platform Patreon rather than Kickstarter.

We’ve reported before on Palmer’s Patreon community: she has 11,115 patrons at the time of writing, paying between $1 and $1,000 per ‘thing’ that she creates, be it a new song, a piece of physical art, a blog post or something else. Three years after joining Patreon, Palmer has raised a total of $1.58m according to figures shared with Billboard by her team.

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Amanda Palmer talks about Twitter’s culture change

As part of an interview talking about her work with crowdfunding community Patreon, musician Amanda Palmer had some interesting things to say about social networks.

“I’ve watched the culture of Twitter change dramatically in the last year, which I find upsetting because Twitter felt to me in 2008 and 2009 to be the absolute antidote to the internet not being centralised,” she told Mashable.

“All the sudden all the people that I liked and I knew were centralised on Twitter, but now it’s become again decentralised. The clubhouse feel of Twitter is disintegrating. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love Twitter. It’s incredibly useful, but the locus of the internet keeps changing.”

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Sandbox 128 – Target Practice: Using Data and Retargeting In Music Marketing

Lead: The music industry has embraced retargeting in recent years as it looks to get more bang for its online advertising buck. The ROIs might be tantalisingly high but the practice comes with all manner of legal and ethical pitfalls that marketers have to be keenly aware of – especially as, now we can track […]

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As Amanda Palmer joins Patreon, CEO Jack Conte tells us why (interview)

“What most people don’t really understand is that all content creators – people who put things on the internet, and populate the shell of the web with awesome things to enjoy – are all in the same thinking-boat with ad revenue. They’re putting things on the web that hundreds of thousands or even millions of people are enjoying on a regular basis, but then trying to monetise them by stealing people’s focus for advertisers for 15 seconds.”

Jack Conte, musician and founding CEO of crowdfunding service Patreon, is on a verbal roll, in what started as an answer to Music Ally’s question about the breadth of art being funded through his company, but quickly turned into a riff on the bigger picture of how internet business models have affected creators of all stripes.

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Amanda Palmer, Will.I.Am, Imogen Heap and Zoe Keating talk music disruption

If you were putting together a sparky panel on the interplay of music and technology, roping in Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating and Imogen Heap would be a mightily-fine start: three artists at the forefront of DIY strategies and tech experimentation.

Then throw in Will.I.Am, who may soon be as much of a digital/tech entrepreneur as he is an artist and producer. Add Trevor Skeet, aka Yung Skeeter, a DJ, producer and director who’s also part of Spotify’s artist relations team. And just to spice up the brew, add Ian Hogarth of live-music startup Songkick, and Nic Jones, SVP international from music videos service Vevo.