The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer has written an open letter on Salon.com encouraging Morrissey to use Kickstarter to fund his next album. The singer stated that Morrissey's fanatical fan base would be ideal for a crowd-sourcing project:
"You have some of the most fanatical fans in the world; caring and devoted people from countries far and wide who would be really, really happy to support you at levels far beyond $5 just to have the songs in their ears," she writes. "You're possibly one of the best candidates on the planet to use crowdfunding, because of who you are and what you mean."
Palmer also went on to note that crowd-sourcing is the way forward in an age where artists don't need record labels: "What does one need a record label for nowadays? To put albums in stores? The stores are closing. To make all the phone calls, so that radio plays the album? The radio stations are closing. The good outlets with human beings programming them (non-commercial radio, college, the BBC) will probably just download the record if it's good, and play it."
What do you think? Is crowd-sourcing the way forward for bands? Or do artists still need record labels? Let us know in the comments.