Ne Obliviscaris

Ne Obliviscaris Launch Patreon Crowdfunding Campaign To Keep Touring


As ex-Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon outlined this past December, being in an Australian metal band—well most Australian metal bands—isn’t a good way to pay the bills. Ne Obliviscaris appear to be suffering from similar financial burdens and have launched a Patreon campaign, in which fans contribute a sum monthly to help keep the band active. The group have previously been met with success in similar ventures, crowdfunding $86,132 for touring back in 2014.

The bands Patreon campaign at the above-mentioned link breaks down some of the struggles they have faced as well as the various rewards on offer for contributing. As part of the campaign the band are hoping to raise around $12,211 USD per month, which equates to the average Australian minimum wage when divided between the band’s six members. Some excerpts from their campaign statement and the struggles they face to tour include:

“The first time we ever made a profit on a tour was our 2014 Citadel Australian Launch tour. All up we made just over $20,000AUD. This was an incredible result for us at the time and it might sound like a lot…
Until you realise that since then we have done 3 major international tours lasting between 4 and 7 weeks each, and lost AT LEAST $20,000AUD on every single one of them.”

“We start every tour having to pay $10-15,000AUD in flights to some far-off part of the world (they all are pretty far off, to be honest…), plus Visa’s, Bus Deposits, Merchandise (T-Shirts, Hoodies, CD’s, Vinyl etc.) which can still cost many thousands of dollars despite getting them at wholesale price and more. As a result, we may start a tour with over $30,000 in debt, and then hope that we make enough money each day on the tour to start chipping away at this total so that we can afford to do another tour after that one.”

“To be more specific, on our Oct/Nov 2015 European Tour with Cradle of Filth our total gross income from Performance Fees and Merchandise Sales for the 33 shows combined was $46,789AUD.

Once again, that probably sounds like a lot until you realise that when you add up our international flights, bus hire for 6 1/2 weeks, petrol, tolls, UK Work Visa’s, UK wireless permits, Ferries, Merchandise, Booking Agent Fees, Sound Engineer, Backline Hire & more we had more than $67,433AUD in expenses.

So the final result from that tour was a LOSS of $20,644AUD ($14,625USD/13,504 Euro) and honestly that is with us doing quite well compared to many other bands.”

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