As I was coming up for air today I received an email from a very nice journalist from Vice looking for a statement on the lawsuit that was filed by Kickstarter against us back in 2011.
I was just finishing up launching a new project by Robin Eubanks and absolutely marveling at the amazing music he is creating these days. This year thus far has been probably one of our best years to date. Alex Skolnick (the track with Rodrigo e Gabriela is amazing), THREE BlueNote/ArtistShare releases, Gil Evans project winning all sorts of awards and critics polls, the first Maria Schneider recording in eight years (in my opinion her best to date), Hank Jones and John Clayton! The list just goes on and on. I can't tell you how proud I am of each and every ArtistShare project we have released and how interactions with the participants give us all so much inspiration. It is what makes it all worthwhile. I just wanted to share the gratitude I feel today regardless of anything else that is going on.
Regarding the lawsuit Kickstarter filed against us, we are currently reviewing the judge's opinion and our options moving forward. We are still very proud to have provided the blueprint for the crowdfunding industry by conceiving and launching the Internet's first fan-funding website for creative artists in 2003 and we look forward to continuing to innovate and help even more artists achieve their artistic dreams through both ArtistShare and our latest endeavor, FanFunded.com.