Leading U.S. wholesaler Alliance Entertainment has pacted with singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer to exclusively distribute her album “Theatre of Evil,” which was financed by nearly $1.2 million raised via crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
Alliance’s direct-to-fan fulfillment division Audiolife will handle the album in CD and LP formats, as well as other products like books and artwork associated with the multi-media project. Title will be issued Sept. 11.
In a crowd-funding success of unprecedented magnitude, nearly 25,000 Kickstarter backers made contributions ranging from $1 to $10,000 to assure completion of the “Theatre of Evil” project. Collection will apparently feature elaborate packaging, including artwork by Palmer, Shepard Fairey and such musicians as Robyn Hitchcock, Kristin Hersh and DJ Spooky.
Supporters will receive perks ranging from a digital download of the album (for more than 4,700 $1 backers) to an art-sitting and dinner with Palmer (secured by two $10,000 backers).
Formerly the lead singer for punk-cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls, Palmer released one solo album via Roadrunner in 2008. She fronts the three-man Grand Theft Orchestra. Noted for her social media outreach campaigns, rigorous touring schedule and devoted community of supporters, she sports more than 145,000 fans on Facebook.
Mike Davis, president of Coral Springs, FL-based Alliance, said in a statement, “Amanda Palmer is a music and marketing visionary and we’re thrilled that both Alliance Entertainment and Audiolife provide a distribution solution for her groundbreaking new release.”