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New Album - "The More I Wonder"

Making Music and Making a Difference - a New Kind Of Crowd Funding Campaign. Every Pledge is Associated With a Cause.

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What This Campaign Is About

I realized that if I were going to try to raise money for this CD, there just might be a way to make it matter above and beyond the music. What I came up with is this PledgeMusic campaign in which you agree to pledge an amount of money to me and I pledge to do something to make a small difference in the world; an act of kindness to a stranger, some volunteer work for a charity, a show of solidarity for a prisoner of conscience, an act of compassion for a sick and suffering child, a renewal of the wilderness or the clean-up of a neighborhood. You choose the action that you think matters most in this age of crisis and conflict.

I’ll also send you a signed CD or a handwritten lyric and there are other perks, too, but this is a chance to do something a little bit bigger. I believe I’m the first artist to try something like this (as far as we know), so I have no idea how much we can raise. But if we raise more money than my goal, well, I have a book I’m trying to publish, too! By choosing and pledging you will not only be helping me achieve my dream of releasing and promoting some new music, but you will be helping others to live a slightly better life.

I’m excited about this project and I can’t wait for you to hear the music. But releasing a CD is only half the battle. This campaign will also raise some funds for the promotional phase. The big labels spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on production and promotion every time they put out a record. We’re trying to raise a drop in the bucket by comparison. But we like to think we’re more efficient and more focused than the major labels. There’s no waste in our budget, no kickbacks, no payola, no slush funds for $1000 lunches and $100 bottles of wine. It’s just me and my manager Larry Ahearn, plus a couple of hired guns who work tirelessly to get the attention of radio DJs, the press and the media. Our Goal amount is just a goal, but the more money we can raise, the more exposure this music will get. I’ll post plenty of updates for you about the project to let you know how we’re coming along, so check back often (including some posts about the Give Back fulfillments as they occur).

During the past decade of touring I’ve met thousands of people, good caring people, hopeful people. When I sing my songs and look out at the faces in the audience I see my brothers and my sisters bonding for a couple hours under the spell of the music and it fills me with joy. This PledgeMusic campaign is a logical extension of sharing that joy. My fans give to me and I pay it forward to others.

Won’t you consider helping me reach my modest goal and at the same time set something positive in motion? The world is a chain reaction. Every good deed that we do triggers more good deeds in its wake. Here’s to more joy and more music!

Thanks and Peaceful Dreams,
Craig

Help Me Make Music and Make a Difference

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The More I Wonder
$15
15.00
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An environmentally friendly advance digital download of the 12 song CD with our thanks. Plus I will play 1 game of Free Rice, the Internet quiz in which each correct answer generates the donation of ten grains of rice through the World Food Programme.

New Album on CD - Personalized and Signed + Give Back

$25
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You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD with our thanks, and I will donate one tree to Arbor Day Now.org. The tree will be planted in one of America’s national forests.

Limited Ed. "Bare Bones Mix" of 8 cuts + New CD + Give Back

$40
40.00
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You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD with our thanks, plus a special Exclusive Limited Edition “Bare Bones Mix” of 8 songs from the CD (solo guitar/vocal performances), plus I will perform one random act of kindness to a stranger and post some stories about the results on my Pledge Music updates feed.

"Bare Bones Mix" CD + New CD +K9s for Disabled Kids GiveBack

$50
50.00
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You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD with our thanks, plus a special Exclusive Limited Edition “Bare Bones Mix” of 8 songs from the CD (solo guitar/vocal performances), plus I will provide a partial training scholarship to Canines For Disabled Kids.org, a charity that places service dogs with children who suffer from Diabetes, Epilepsy and other disorders for which animals have proven effective companions in the prevention of shock, seizure, etc… The dogs are trained at considerable expense but the family that receives the dog pays nothing.

Bickhardt Boxed Set w/ O.O.P. CDs + New CD + Give Back

$75
75.00
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You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD with our thanks, plus you will receive a “Craig Bickhardt Boxed Set”, including 2 of my previous CDs plus bootleg CD copies of the out of print and hard to find CDs “Precious Child” and “No Easy Horses” (by SKB). In addition, for each pledge my wife, Eileen, and I will walk one mile for the Eastern PA Epilepsy Foundation’s Summer Stroll fundraiser, which takes place in June. Last year’s walk raised over $125,000.

Handwritten Signed Lyrics + New CD + St. Judes GiveBack

$100
100.00
All gone!

You’ll receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus a handwritten personalized signed copy of the lyrics to my song “Giant Steps” (can be inscribed to the male child of your choice), plus I will dedicate my 60th birthday on Sept 7 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital if we get all 10 possible $100 pledges. This will include a cash donation, a webpage that will raise additional funds and track donation progress, and a personal thank you to the donors. My goal will be to raise enough additional funds on Sept 7 to provide two transfusion units of blood to a child suffering from cancer.

St. Judes Give Back: Part 2

$100
100.00
All gone!

You’ll receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus a handwritten personalized signed copy of the lyrics to my song “Giant Steps” (can be inscribed to the male child of your choice), plus I will dedicate my 60th birthday on Sept 7 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital if we get all 5 possible $100 pledges. This will include a cash donation, a webpage that will raise additional funds and track donation progress, and a personal thank you to the donors. My goal will be to raise enough additional funds on Sept 7 to provide two transfusion units of blood to a child suffering from cancer.

Handwrit Lyrics to "This Old House" + New CD + H4H Give Back

$150
150.00
All gone!

You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus a signed hand-written copy of the lyrics to my song, “This Old House," plus I will donate one hour of volunteer service to Habitat For Humanity. (5)

Private Advance Listening Party (for 2) + New CD + GiveBack

$150
150.00
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You will receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus you and a guest will be invited to a private advance listening party to debut the new CD, at which time we will collect non- perishable food items for donation to Project Outreach Food Pantry.

Yr. Name in Liner Notes + New CD + Alzheimers GiveBack

$200
200.00
All gone!

You’ll receive a personalized signed advance CD, plus I will load a playlist of songs recorded by me and other artists in my network into a new or gently used ipod and donate it to Music and Memory.org to help Alzheimer patients. This wonderful program has proven very effective in reaching patients who have begun to withdraw in the later stages of the disease. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Happy B-day Gift + Name in Liner Notes + New CD + GiveBack

$225
225.00
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Happy Birthday to you (or a loved one)! You’ll receive a personalized signed advance CD, plus a beautiful unique gift from Mystic Dreamer Art Shop. 100% of the cost of the gift goes to the Rainforest Trust to purchase acres of land and protect it from development. So far the trust has saved over 53,000 acres and counting, just from the sale of these gifts. I will personally select the gift and have it sent to you (or the person of your choice) on the date you specify along with a handwritten birthday card. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Handwrit Lyric/Yr. Choice + Name/Liner Notes+New CD+GiveBack

$250
250.00
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance CD and a handwritten, signed lyric of your choice (my songs only, of course) plus I will choose one Action Volunteer Opportunity from Idealist.org and fulfill the volunteer request. I will send you an account of what your contribution enabled me to do. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Children's Book Yr. Choice Recorded by Me with Accomp+New CD

$300
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance CD, plus I will personally record myself reading the children’s book that you select (works in the 4-8 year age bracket) with original guitar music as accompaniment and send it to the child of your choosing in order to help promote the National Children’s Literacy project. You can alternatively request that my wife (who has lovely speaking voice and was a voice major at West Chester University) do the reading. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Earth Day Project w/U + Name/Liner Notes + New CD

$350
350.00
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance CD, plus on Earth Day (April 22, 2014 or rain date) Larry Ahearn and I will volunteer two hours (apiece) of our time to a mutually agreed upon environmental project. This can be anything from a neighborhood or a playground clean-up to helping you plant an organic garden or a small grove of trees (must be within 100 miles of zip code 19342). You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Custom Exclusive Concert Recording + New CD + Give Back

$500
500.00
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus I will record a custom 40 minute “concert” for you in my studio (you will not attend the recording but you will receive a CD copy of it). You can request up to five of the songs that I perform in the custom concert. This will be an exclusive recording that begins with a personal greeting to you. It will never be made available to the public.
Plus I will donate 20 DVD copies of my educational lecture on creative lyric writing titled “Seeds of a Pearl” to the Odyssey Music in Schools Program in Philadelphia, PA. This lecture was filmed during a presentation at Mt. St. Mary’s University in 2012.

Handwrit Lyric + Amnesty Int. Pledge+Name/Liner Notes+New CD

$500
500.00
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD plus the handwritten signed lyrics to my song “On God’s Green Earth”, plus I will join Amnesty International’s “Write For Rights” campaign sending one letter per month to leaders of various governments on behalf of prisoners of conscience. You may elect to co-sign the letters with me or not. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

Pick the Cover Song I Record + New CD + Give Back

$750
750.00
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You’ll receive a personalized signed advance copy of the CD, plus I will record a cover version of the humanitarian or environmental song of your choosing (with the provision that I must approve the content and quality of the song) for inclusion on a Special Product CD to be made available in the future. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes (the CD for which I’m currently raising funds). All of the proceeds from the sale of the Special Product CD will be donated to the humanitarian organization of my choice (TBD).

House Concert or Fundraiser + Name/Liner Notes + CD+GiveBack

$1,000
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I will perform a concert for free at your home concert or at the charity fundraising event of your choosing within 250 miles of zip code 19342 (mutually agreed upon date, no political orgs if it is a fundraiser) plus I will donate 50% of the proceeds from that night’s CD sales to the charity organization of your choice. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes.

I Will Write, or Co-Write With You, a Song for Charity

$2,500
2500.00
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I will write (or co-write with you if you have previous songwriting experience) a custom song for a charity such as The World Wildlife Fund or Feeding America or another mutually agreed upon org. The song will be recorded and released as a digital single and all profits (after expenses) will go directly to the charity in the form of a cash donation. You will be credited as Executive Producer of the single (i.e. the said composition), and co-writer if you contribute more than one line of lyric or title. You will also be thanked by name in the CD’s liner notes (the CD I’m currently raising funds for)

You Get Executive Producer Credit New CD + Charity Donation

$5,000
5000.00
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You will be credited as Executive Producer of “The More I Wonder” in the CD Liner Notes and you will receive an invoice you can use for tax purposes, plus, to the charity of your choice (no political orgs) I will donate 5% of the funds from this pledge campaign in excess my fixed goal.

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