Former frontwoman of Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, has recently held the spotlight for her latest idea of crowd-sourcing. Although the situation has come down to a settlement, fans may also wonder about other crowd-sourcing projects in the past, such as Animal Collective‘s Josh Dibb and his fundraiser from 2009 to fund a trip to Mali. After much fan discontent, Dibb has gone public apologizing to all who supported the fundraiser and telling fans what really happened with the proceeds. Read on for more details.
Pitchfork reports, “The funds were to go towards Deakin’s trip to perform at the Festival in the Desert in Mali, Africa, the creation of a book and CD, and a charitable donation to TEMEDT, a Mali organization working to help enslaved black Tuareg people.”
Following his trip, fans awaited the rewards they were promised for donating. Dibb simply did not pay his dues and now is mainly concerned with clearing the air of any misconceptions, as reported by Spin. Funds were donated to TEMEDT, as promised, but instead of only a portion being donated, all $26,000 was handed over leaving Dibbs without a single penny.
Dibb said to Pitchfork:
“I realized that I felt incredibly uncomfortable about the idea of asking people to fund a trip for me to go to Africa…that’s why the project turned into a charity thing.”
In an attempt to make his situation better, Dibb only angered the fans and supporters of his trip to Mali. With Animal Collective focused on the release of their latest album, Centipede Hz, it looks as though Dibb may be unable to release his album as promised.
Regardless, Dibb apologizes:
“I am writing you now to deeply apologize for the amount of time it has taken to come back to you with the rewards of your support.”