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Vegas band uses website to fund album

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Candy Warpop (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Candy Warpop (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Jonas Woolverton on bass. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Jonas Woolverton on bass. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Anisa Buttar on drums. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Anisa Buttar on drums. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Guitarist Joshua Cohen (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Guitarist Joshua Cohen (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas locals and those across the country are using Kickstarter.com to help generate funds to help achieve their dreams.

The website's goal is to "fund and follow creativity." It's already helped launch six Oscar-nominated films, including a winner.

The website connects creators with pledge donors. Creators pick a funding amount and deadline to earn it. Then donors can make pledges and even get incentives.

Local band Candy Warpop is using Kickstarter.com to fund its first full-length album.

The group met on Craigslist.com. After writing and performing music for the past 2 1/2 years, the band is ready to record their first full-length album.

They're offering several incentives for donors, many of whom are already fans.

"We have 700 fans on Facebook. If even half of those fans pre-order the album for $10, we basically can fund our studio time," bass player Jonas Woolverton said.

Candy Warpop knows this can work. The group successfully funded its first music video through the site in 2011.

"We're trying to raise $3,600, which pays the cost of recording 12 songs in the studio," guitarist Joshua Cohen said.

Since it's all fan-funded, the band can control the creative process 100 percent. They don't have to deal with a music label's restrictions.

The band inspires other artists, no matter what genre, to take control and start living their dreams.

"Just show the world who you are, I mean that's all you can do. See what will happen when you put yourself out there that way," drummer Anisa Buttar said.

There is a catch: if you don't make your goal by deadline, you don't get the money. The donors do not get charged. It is all or nothing.

Candy Warpop is nearly 70 percent there with more than a week to go. They hope to release their album this summer.

Since Kickstarter.com started in April 2009, more than $450 million has been pledged to fund more than 35,000 creative projects.

"Inocente," the story of a 15 year old homeless girl in San Diego, won an Oscar Sunday for "Best Short Documentary. It's the first Kickstarter.com-funded film to win an Academy Award.

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