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How Much Does Crowd Funding Cost Musicians?

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Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel participate in NBCUniversal's Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Relief Benefit on Friday in New York City. Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi and Sting also performed. And now we're done talking about that. Heidi Gutman/NBCUniversal/Getty Images hide caption

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Crowd Funding For Musicians Isn't The Future; It's The Present

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Tom Krell records under the name How to Dress Well. Jesse Lirola/Courtesy of Acephale hide caption

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& It Was U

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Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

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A New Hip-Hop Recipe With A Familiar Sound

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