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Web address
Slogan Where the fans make it happen / First in Fan Funding
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Crowdfunding / Music
Registration Required for participation in artist projects
Owner ArtistShare, inc
Created by Brian Camelio
Alexa rank
positive decrease 874,188 (April 2014)[1]
Current status online

ArtistShare was one of internet's early crowdfunding platforms.[2][3][4][5] It also operates as a record label and business model for creative artists[6][7] which enables them to fund their projects by allowing the general public to directly finance, watch the creative process, and in most cases gain access to extra material from an artist.[8] According to Bloomberg News, the company’s chief executive officer, Brian Camelio, founded ArtistShare in 2000 with the idea that fans would finance production costs for albums sold only on the Internet and Artists also would enjoy much more favourable contract terms.[9] ArtistShare was described in 2005 as a "completely new business model for creative artists" which "benefits both the artist and the fans by financing new and original artistic projects while building a strong and loyal fan base".[10]


A United States based company, ArtistShare (2001) is documented as being the first crowdfunding website [2] followed later by sites such as Sellaband (2006), SliceThePie (2007), IndieGoGo (2008), (2008), Pledge Music (2009), and Kickstarter (2009).[7]

ArtistShare projects have received 9 Grammy awards and 18 Grammy nominations to date.[11]

In 2005, American composer Maria Schneider's Concert in the Garden became the first album in Grammy history to win an award without being available in retail stores.[6] The album was ArtistShare's first fan-funded project. Schneider received four nominations that year for the fan-funded album and won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.[12][13] According, ArtistShare artists consist of "some of today's most prestigious artists including Pulitzer prize and Oscar nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients and NEA Jazz Masters".[11]

Schneider is quoted as saying "At the time we set out to make this record [Concert in the Garden], no company in the industry was doing anything like ArtistShare. ArtistShare, led by Brian Camelio, has done more to change this industry to benefit artists than anyone else up until this time." [14]

Phish founder and guitarist Trey Anastasio describes ArtistShare as being "quite possibly the future of the music industry".[15]

ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio, singer Willie Nelson and Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall on Willie Nelson's tour bus.

In May 2013, ArtistShare partnered with Blue Note Records to form a collaboration titled 'Blue Note/ArtistShare'. The Blue Note/ArtistShare collaboration was forged by Brian Camelio, Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note Records. In Blue Note's press release about the collaboration, Lundvall, Blue Note Chairman Emeritus, is quoted as saying "ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio is a true visionary. I see the ArtistShare business model as a key component of the future music business."[16] The collaboration will "essentially serve as a low-risk development arm of the label," since the recordings will be funded by the fans.[17]


As of 2014, ArtistShare projects have received 9 Grammy Awards and 18 Grammy Nominations.[18]

In 2005, Maria Schneider won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for her ArtistShare release Concert in the Garden.[12][13]

In 2006, Billy Childs won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition "Into the Light" from his ArtistShare release Lyric.[13][19]

In 2007, Brian Lynch's ArtistShare release won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for "Simpático" — a collaboration with Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri.[13][20]

In 2008, Maria Schneider won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for "Cerulean Skies"—a piece from her fan-funded ArtistShare recording Sky Blue.[13][21]

In 2010, Geoffrey Keezer received a Best Latin Jazz Recording Grammy Nomination for his ArtistShare fan-funded release Aurea.[22] and The Clayton Brothers received a Best Jazz Instrumental Recording Grammy Nomination for their ArtistShare release Brother to Brother.[23][24]

In 2011, Billy Childs won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition "The Path Among The Trees" from his ArtistShare fan-funded release Autumn: In Moving Pictures.[13][19]

In 2012, Yeahwon Shin was nominated for Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Other nominees in this category were Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Mônica Salmaso.[11]

In 2013, the arrangement of "How about you" from the Gil Evans Project:Centennial won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.[11]

In 2014, the ArtistShare fan-funded CD "Winter Morning Walks" won 3 Grammy awards in the categories of Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Classical Vocal Solo[11][13]

Patent dispute[edit]

On September 30, 2011, Kickstarter filed a declaratory judgment suit against ArtistShare[25][26] and Fan Funded which owns U.S. patent US 7885887 , "Methods and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work". Brian Camelio, the founder of ArtistShare, is named as the inventor on the patent. KickStarter said it believed it was under threat of a patent infringement lawsuit by ArtistShare. Kickstarter asked that the patent be invalidated, or, at the very least, that the court find that Kickstarter was not liable of infringement.[27][28][29] In February 2012, ArtistShare and Fan Funded responded to Kickstarter's complaint by filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. They asserted that patent infringement litigation was never threatened, that "ArtistShare merely approached KickStarter about licensing their platform, including patent rights", and that "rather than responding to ArtistShare's request for a counter-proposal, Kickstarter filed this lawsuit.[30] The judge ruled, however, that the case could go forward. ArtistShare then responded by filing a counterclaim alleging that Kickstarter was indeed infringing its patent.[31]

In February 2013, it was reported that ArtistShare was not able to show that Kickstarter was infringing its patent, as a result of how U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty construed the claims of the patent.[32] In September 2014, the dispute was reportedly "near[ing] an important ruling".[26]

In June 2015, KickStarter won its lawsuit against ArtistShare, the patent being declared invalid on the basis that it described the generic system of patronage, which has existed for centuries. In her order, US District Judge Katherine Failla wrote, "Defendants’ repetition of words like 'particular' and 'specific' in bold italics when referring to the claims in the ‘887 Patent does not make them so." However, this judgement does not preclude Brian Camelio from mounting an appeal, since it is without prejudice.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Kickstarter entrepreneurs doing big business in the UK [1] Consulted on January 5th, 2015
  3. ^ Crowd-Funding 101: What Every Musician Needs for a Successful Campaign [2] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  4. ^ Blue Note to Partner With ArtistShare [3] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  5. ^ Crowdfund it! [4] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  6. ^ a b Don Heckman (February 10, 2008). "Making fans a part of the inner circle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Can You Spare a Quarter? Crowdfunding Sites Turn Fans into Patrons of the Arts". Wharton Innovation and Entrepreneurship. December 8, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  8. ^ 02.12.2008: Addendum to recent Wired Article (Part II) Model Number 7: Fan Supported Label/Distribution, David Byrne's Journal, February 12, 2008. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  9. ^ Patrick Cole, ArtistShare taps Web, fans to earn its musicians money, Grammys,, February 7, 2008. Consulted on October 8, 2011
  10. ^ Gordon, Steve (2005). The Future of the Music Business: How to Succeed with the New Digital Technologies : a Guide for Artists and Entrepreneurs. backbeat books. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-87930-844-5. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e ArtistShare - About Us [5] Consulted on March 24, 2012
  12. ^ a b Maria Schneider Discography - Concert in the Garden [6] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Maria Schneider at [7] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  14. ^ Maria Schneider [8] Consulted on October 11, 2011
  15. ^ Trey Anastasio [9] consulted on December 26, 2011
  16. ^ Blue Note Records [10] Consulted on October 24, 2013
  17. ^ Chinen, Nate (May 8, 2013). "Blue Note to Partner With ArtistShare". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ [11] Consulted on December 8, 2013
  19. ^ a b Billy Childs Discography [12] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  20. ^ Brian Lynch Discography [13] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  21. ^ Maria Schneider Discography - Sky Blue [14] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  22. ^ Geoffrey Keezer Discography - Aurea [15] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  23. ^ John Clayton Official Website [16] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  24. ^ Gerald Clayton Official Website [17] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  25. ^ Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, [18], Litigation Daily. Consulted on Feb 9 2015.
  26. ^ a b Gardner, Eriq (September 17, 2014). "Kickstarter's Future Put in Judge's Hands". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  27. ^ Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (October 5, 2011). "Kickstarter Faces Patent Suit Over Funding Idea". PCWorld. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  28. ^ Eriq Gardner (October 4, 2011). "KickStarter Seeks To Protect Fan-Funding Model From Patent Threat". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Crowdfunding-sites verwikkeld in patentstrijd" [Crowdfunding sites involved in patent battle] (in Dutch). NUzakelijk. October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. Het gaat om de website Kickstarter die een patent van website ArtistShare ongeldig wil verklaren. Kickstarter ontving verschillende verzoeken van ArtistShare-oprichter Brian Camelio om een licentie op zijn patent te nemen." English translation: "The website Kickstarter wants that a patent from the ArtistShare website be declared invalid. Kickstarter received several requests from ArtistShare-founder Brian Camelio to take a license on his patent 
  30. ^ Eriq Gardner (February 16, 2012). "Hollywood Docket: Comedy Club Documentary Lawsuit; Michael Jordan vs. 1st Amendment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  31. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (14 May 2012). "Kickstarter Wins Small Victory in Patent Lawsuit With 2000-Era Crowdfunding Site". BetaBeat. The New York Observer. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  32. ^ Wolfe, Jan (February 22, 2013). "Crowdfunding Site Can't Show Kickstarter Infringes". The Litigation Daily. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  33. ^

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