How to Fund Your Recording

Once you’ve decided on a budget, you’ll likely start thinking of ways to fund your recording project. Here are the pros and cons of each funding option:

OWN CAPITAL/SELF-FUNDED

  • Pros: No interest rates means money in your pocket sooner once you recoup. You’ll often get a break on pricing by paying in cash versus credit as well.
  • Cons: None.

CREDIT CARD

  • Pros: If you have a credit cards reward program you can get points/miles to use to fund future touring endeavors.
  • Cons: High-interest rates if you don’t pay off immediately. Credit Card fees added to the total when paying for the record.

SMALL BUSINESS LOAN

  • Pros: Lower interest rates than a credit card.
  • Cons: Difficult to convince a bank to loan you money for a startup in the Arts & Entertainment industry.

LOAN FROM FAMILY MEMBER

  • Pros: Flexible payment structure. Potentially interest-free. Lowest interest rates.
  • Cons: If your record doesn’t recoup OR you decide you don’t want to keep pursuing a music career, this could make your familial relationships tense.

CROWD FUNDING

  • Pros: Anyone can start a crowdfunding campaign. Side note: Even if you can afford to fund the record on your own, I would still recommend crowdfunding because it’s a great way to engage your fans and let them feel like they’re a part of building something with you.
  • Cons: Depends on the platform but there are situations where you won’t see a dollar unless you reach 100% of your goal. Often artists promise too much to donors and are unable to fulfill promises after project completion. More on this next week…

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It is no exaggeration to say that without Chris Jacobie we wouldn’t be a band today. He has been with us since we were playing for 6 people in Austin & was there a few nights ago when we played for 1,000.

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Austin, TX & Florence, AL
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“Chris has some of the best ears and ideas in the business! Plus, he makes an artist feel at ease and welcome in a studio environment.”

Decca Recording Artist: Jarrod Dickenson

Nashville, TN
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As a producer, Chris just gets the big picture of where you are coming from and where you want to go. He helps protect the sound you want while at the same time exploring new ideas. We cannot wait to go back!”

Ryvoli

Lexington, KY
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"The questions Chris asked and the challenges he posed along the way broadened my understanding of myself as a songwriter, and of the craft itself.”

Nick Dahlquist

St. Louis, MO
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“I don't know enough about sound and audio to say why, but I know that when I work with Chris, I can trust that he knows what I want. And that's totally kickass!”

JP Ruggieri

Nashville, TN
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“We love Chris's creativity in the studio. Working with him is like a360-degreee musical experience. It's AWESOME!”

Willow City

Fredericksburg, TX

Chris Jacobie

Hi, my name is Chris Jacobie. I'm a music producer from San Antonio, TX. I help musicians make better records ...even if they don't have much money.

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