Marillion & Early Crowdsourcing

Heh, most of you prolly never heard of Marillion anyway. In any event, this wandering article mentions how the band's fanbase pulled together in a 90-s version of crowdsourcing to not only stage a US tour, but get back into the studio.

Of course, it's not exactly what we think of today with Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe, etc - but it does drive home the point that, yes - if you develop that fanbase, you can accomplish great things.

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Interestingly enough Virgin Records did the same. There is a clip where Richard Branson explains how the bank pulled the plug on him at one point, so he rung everyone he knew plus all of their customers etc, and overnight raised the money to keep the business going.