In May 2009 I was excited to hear about Linda Thompson's  Hector Fund  based recording project. I was new to crowd-funding, perhaps naive, and  contributed. Month, years passed without an update. 

What happened? 

7/12/11
Hey there-
Any news on the project or did you take the money and run? Two years and nothing? Not cool.
Hal

7/13/11
Hi Hal,
We did not take the money & run--the album is still in development. We are no longer working with Linda directly, but her manager, Jake Guralnick, will be following up with you shortly.
Best,
David
7/13/11
Thanks for the update. It seems like Jake/Linda should have kept people up to date....two years is a long time.
Hal
7/13/11
Hal,
Jake Guralnick, Linda's manager is handling the project. I forwarded your last email to him. He can update you. We haven't been involved for a while now. I'm not sure what the delay is but I'm sure Jake G. and Linda have their reasons. I'm also sure that they've been in contact with their supporters.I'll let him update you.
JB
 6/13/12
Is anyone reading this email (still) connected with Linda's project?
No communication from the start. I plan on writing this up for NoDepression so you might want to reply if you have anything to say.
We're talking three years...............
6/14/12
Hi Hal
the money was not taken and run away with. The album has been completely tracked, and partially mixed. We're hoping to have it complete before the end of the year (we are planning to finish the mixing in October), and released next year.
It was probably a huge mistake for us to attempt to do the self-funding route-- we did raise *some* money but not nearly as much as we needed-- and for the most part it is a self financed project by Linda and her producer Ed Haber. We very much appreciate the support of the people that did donate.
Of course, It does not excuse our non communication.
There is a reason that Kickstarter and the other models do not collect the money unless the full target is reached-- it is much smarter for a zillion reasons and keeps the time frame condensed.
If you'd like to call and discuss further I'm at XXX-XXX-XXXX
Jake
6/14/12
Hi Jake-
Okay. I'm gonna wait for the disc instead of posting a snarkey blog at ND.
But, some communication along the way would have gone a long way.
Thanks for the update,
Hal
So here we are on 11/14/12 and no further information. I'm no longer interested in the disc (if it ever is completed) and I thought the story should be told. In retrospect, this quote from Linda unfortunately says it all:
"You the audience can share in the experience of making my record with me and be the first to hear it when its done--and I get to stick it to "the man" (whoever passes for the 'man' these days) by working outside of the system."
Unsolicited advice: Record an acoustic track (cost=free) and send it to those who contributed. Send a few emails! I've contributed to various crowd-funded projects and have received both mass emails and personal notes/updates/thanks. Although this left a bad taste in my mouth I have and will continue to contribute as my finances allow.

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Comment by Easy Ed on November 14, 2012 at 4:45pm
I was following Linda's updates on this album on Facebook and was excited the day she was in the studio with Dave Swarbrick laying down some tracks. And then poof...she vanished. I was going to send this over to her but the account she was using looks to be closed out now. And she was so excited about the album and so clever with her quips. The downside of crowd sourcing I suppose.
Comment by Hal Bogerd on November 14, 2012 at 5:09pm

After this experience I'm even more amazed at the relatively unknown artists I've contributed to over the past few years who put their nose to the grindstone and delivered updates, thanks, demo tracks and eventually an album (usually in less than a year).

Comment by Hal Bogerd on March 31, 2013 at 10:29am

3/31/13 and approaching a full four years post-solicitation.

Comment by Jack Williams on October 6, 2013 at 6:02am

Hey, Hal.. Have you heard about this?  Looks like she's got an album coming out on 10/22.   Samples sound good.  pretty sure I'll be buying it.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Wont-Long-Now-Linda-Thompson/dp/B00EVSABD8/re...

Comment by Jack Williams on October 13, 2013 at 7:34am

Saw this on Facebook today. Toward the end, she thanks the people who contributed through the Hector Fund and gets a little teary eyed.  

 

Comment by Hal Bogerd on October 13, 2013 at 10:03am

Thanks Jack.  I received a download of the disc and it was solid but quickly slid to the bottom of my virtual listening stack and I never bothered to email them my address for the physical copy. Perhaps I'm still put off by the unexplained four year delay and maybe I should give it another listen. 

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.