Online contributions help kickstart Will Fisher's debut album

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Grovelling has paid off for Will Fisher.

Fisher, a Birch Hill native, was seeking financial backers through an online campaign to help pay for his debut album, Portage, which is set to be released next month

"It was a really successful campaign," said Fisher, of the Will Fisher Coastal Quartet.

Fisher used Kickstarter to raise $2,000 for the mixing, mastering and manufacturing of the album.

"The campaign went above my target. I fundraised 166 per cent, or $3,323."

A total of 68 backers joined the effort to support the album, including people from Canada, the U.S., Australia and South Korea.

"I felt good going into it because I spent so much time working on it," said the musician who is currently working on his masters in jazz performance at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

"I was really surprised at how it went viral. I had over 250 people that reposted the promotional video. I had messages from people from Europe and even traded the album with other musicians. I couldn't believe the support."

Of the packages available for backers, the majority of the supporters chose to pledge money in return for a signed copy of the album, as well as a hand-written thank you letter.

The highest backer donated $1,000 and will be named an executive producer on the album.

While the initial campaign was for $2,000, Fisher said all the money raised through Kickstarter will go into the album.

Fisher will perform at Roadside Willies, to promote his new album, on Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased either at Roadside Willies or the business's website (




Organizations: University of Louisville

Geographic location: Canada, U.S., Australia South Korea Kentucky Europe

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