Kickstarter Goal Surpassed for 'Album for Action' Veterans Awareness Music Project
More than $30,000 in crowdfunding pledges poured in yesterday to surpass the Kickstarter campaign goal a full day ahead of deadline and successfully fund CARRY YOU ON, the benefit "Album for Action" to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music from 2016 MAC Award nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER.
Yesterday's tidal wave of crowdfunding pledges rolled toward midnight with over $67,000, to exceed the $66,000 Kickstarter goal with a full day left until the official deadline of midnight EST tonight (Sunday).
Now that it's fullly funded, the project will help Goldhaber make sure the needs of veterans are constantly a part of the national conversation.
Goldhaber, the acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter, has himself pledged a whopping 50% of all album sale proceeds to IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
With yesterrday's incredible surge - half of the entire Kickstarter goal - Goldhaber's faith in the public to complete this phase of his mission on behalf of America's veterans has been handilly rewarded. The average pledge to back the campaign - officially declard by Kickstarter as a "Project We Love" - has jumped to over $400.
After four years of bringing his veterans awareness project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veteran-related events from New York to Philadelphia, Goldhaber will now be bringing his 10 new original songs to the recording studio. CARRY YOU ON will include "Come Home America," the original Goldhaber anthem released on Veterans Day 2013.
The reaction Goldhaber has been receiving along the way became the impetus to write and record enough songs for a full album. All lyrics are inspired by conversations he's had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families. They are the driving force behind his movement to #bridgethegap.
"I'm humbled that my friends, family and fans have rallied to crowd-fund the production and distribution of this album," says Goldhaber, :"so this message can reach as many people as possible."