Qualicum Beach artist launches campaign

Local country songstress Beth Marie Anderson is full of ambition and talent, but she needs support to help her reach the stars.

Beth Marie Anderson is holding a concert this weekend and has also begun a campaign to raise money for her next album.

Beth Marie Anderson is holding a concert this weekend and has also begun a campaign to raise money for her next album.

Local country songstress Beth Marie Anderson is full of ambition and talent, but she needs some support from local residents to help her reach the stars.

The 25-year-old singer/songwriter recorded a full album in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 and an EP of four songs is due out this fall. Now, in order to produce another full-length professional recording to be released next year, she has embarked on an innovative project where her fans will play a big part.

It’s called Indiegogo, and it’s an online tool that allows anyone to create a campaign and raise money. In Anderson’s case she is hoping to raise $11,000 to put towards the costs of a professional recording in Nashville this October.

For each contribution to the Indiegogo campaign people will receive gifts from Anderson. Five dollars will fetch a thank-you card from Anderson and her crew in Nashville and larger contributions will receive things like hand-made earrings by Anderson, custom-made memory books with pictures, quotes and lyrics; vocal lessons, personal concerts, T-shirts and more.

Rather than getting a few people to join on as business partners, Anderson said this way more people can get involved and help her on her way.

“It’s a unique experience and you feel connected to the artist and you feel like you’re helping their journey and that’s why I think it’s so cool,” she said.

Her last album cost over $40,000 to produce and market, and since she’s independent, it took a lot of concerts, CD sales and her working three jobs to pay the money back.

Anderson is also hosting a country concert in her backyard this Saturday, Aug. 25.

One of her co-writers from Nashville will also perform at the show, Bill DiLuigi, who has had his songs performed by big names and won a host of songwriting awards over the years. There will be games like badminton, bocce and horse shoes and refreshments will be served. The concert runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. Her address is 1341 Lundine Lane in Qualicum Beach. For details visit www.bethmarieanderson.com.

For more on her campaign with Indiegogo visit www.indiegogo.com/bethmariemusic.