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Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings

PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding site designed to allow fans to back projects from artists, has gone offline, according to Variety. The company closed down its operations earlier this year as it went into bankruptcy proceedings, and the site’s closure means that artists won’t be able to retrieve information on their profiles and fans.

In place of the site, the company’s board left a message, saying that it “continues to work with outside counsel on the most appropriate next steps, and we will update you with those specifics as we get more information,” and that “all data has been preserved and a notice with next steps will be posted on here shortly.”

PledgeMusic an online direct-to-fan music platform, launched in August 2009, that was started to facilitate musicians reaching out to their fanbase to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts. Broadly speaking it bore some similarities to other artist payment platforms as ArtistShare, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, RocketHub and Sellaband.

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