Amanda Palmer ’98 on “The Art of Asking”

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.

8 thoughts on “Amanda Palmer ’98 on “The Art of Asking”

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  2. mc ride

    lol ted would feature a talk by someone whose practices are as stridently exploitative as amanda palmer’s

    1. yeah

      what a lazy response. think of the story she told about the Honduras illegal immigrant family who slept on couches while she and her bandmates took their beds. i mean, what sounds more exploitative than that? and yet, the family was grateful, and Amanda clearly was, and they made what sounds like a really nice connection over it.

      human beings surprise you. they like to help! people like to play with Amanda Palmer, and they’re willing to do it for free. big whoop! the people who say Amanda Palmer is exploitative are the kind of people who think the only thing to be exchanged is money.

      1. seriously?

        http://amyvs.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/letter-to-amanda-palmer.html

        crowdsourcing stuff like this is pretty much always exploitative because it literally devalues the art/expertise/labor of the person who’s doing shit for free.

        if amanda really couldn’t afford to pay these people, okay, fine. but for an artist who just raised over a million dollars to fund her new album—way more than she was asking for—it just seems unnecessarily dickish to ask her backing musicians to go without compensation.

        luckily, the backlash eventually forced her to pay them.

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