Daphne Carr spearheaded a Kickstarter campaign for a project called Best Music Writing in January of 2012. She promised that a successful campaign would provide funding for a book that portrays the industry’s talents in music writing.
However, after raising $17,337 and announcing a release date for “fall of 2012,” there is no sight of Best Music Writing.
H. Drew Blackburn has done his part to shed light on this weird disappearing act, even contacting Ms. Carr herself, only to receive a “no comment” response. Andrew Beaujon subsequently reached Carr about the issue and she offered this:
“This is the love of my life, and I really wanted it to work… and I’ve been grappling with the realities that it’s not, so this is very painful.”
Beaujon says she’ll repay backers in due time.
Carr’s project isn’t the first to fail to deliver. Kudos to passion, but many fail due to poor research and an overzealous approach over practical measures. Perhaps the thorniest comes from Animal Collective, whose Josh Dibb delivered nothing after successfully raising $26,000.
Kickstarter’s disclaimer shown to each project creator reads, “If your project is successfully funded, you are required to fulfill all rewards or refund any backer whose reward you do not or cannot fulfill. A failure to do so can result in a damage to your reputation or even legal action on behalf of your backers.”