It has been 2 weeks since the project of Goeyvaerts String Strio went successfully funded on Kickstarter. The trio put their upcoming Arvo Pärt's "Stabat Mater" album on the global crowd-funding platform. And it turned out a huge success with over 500 international backers (investors), personal support of Arvo Pärt, global press coverage, Kickstarter front page feature and almost £ 15 000 collected for the new CD!
What started as an exchange of ideas on a terrace in Amersfoort ended up in a successful creative way of making people sharing and experiencing classical music. The project was launched aiming at £ 10 000 and the funding were growing steadily until Arvo Pärt himself shared the news about the campaign on his official Facebook Page. Ultimately, the first main reward (private concert with the trio) of £ 3 500 worth was pledged. Within the last few days of the campaign Kickstarter Staff picked the project as The Project of The Day and included it in their newsletter handpicked as one of the three "Projects We Love" on Kickstarter. The fundings skyrocketed and went over the planed budget bringing the CD £ 14 932 support in total.
Kickstarter.com about the project & the CD: "When a renowned string trio collaborates with some of the best vocalists in the world, the results are nothing short of exhilarating. Such is the case with the Goeyvaerts String Trio, which is working with Vox Luminis to bring Arvo Pärt's "Stabat Mater" to a contemporary audience".
Radio 4: "In the times of the poor cultural subsidies Kickstarter is a good tool for cultural funding. Previously the label paid the recordings, but sales are under pressure. Then crowd-funding can offer you a brilliant solution."
Flanders Music Centre: "Already known as a rocking ensemble, Goeyvaerts String Trio also proved to be an example of the enthusiastic entrepreneurship!"
The campaign also brought new international possibilities. The trio gave an interview to the Malaysian radio BFM, got supported by the Estonian Forbes journalist Tarmo Virki on Twitter, and started working together with the University of York on the study of the intonation choices by string instruments.
"For us this project is not only the funding, but also the mental support and interest in our program and our way of working. It's also a great support for our label Challenge Records, who always believed in our adventurous way of working", says the trio. Click here to read more about the campaign in the latest interview with Goeyvaerts String Trio on Kickstarter.com!
We will keep you updated on the progress of this remarkable and now globally supported CD. For the interview inquires please contact us here.