A lot has happened to Amanda Palmer ’98 in the past few years: she formed a new band, told a major label company to fuck off, raised $1.2 million with a crowdfunding campaign, and released a new album (which, if you haven’t listened to, is available for free/with donations on her website).
Most recently, she gave a speech to TED on her crowdfunding campaign, titled “The Art of Asking”:
The speech itself is both informative and inspirational. It’s idealistic, yet it has also proven itself to be pragmatic. It is the true spirit of the arts that we would like to see replicated by all. How many times have we passed on an exhibition because we didn’t want to pay $25 dollars for an admission ticket? How many concerts have we missed because the tickets were too expensive? How many of us has felt guilty for downloading music instead of buying it?
Palmer’s proposed future for the arts is impressive. She urges the industry to ask people to pay for music instead of making them. If they are in doubt, she is telling them, “Look at me! I’ve made a career of it. So can you.” And she really has. More than anything, her speech gives substance to the power of connecting with people, and the importance of appreciation. It is valuable in all aspects of life.
On her TED profile, she is quoted as saying, “I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”
Watch the full speech above. More coverage of Amanda Palmer’s crazy-busy two years here.