Updated: February 8, 2013 6:26 PM | By www.wenn.com

Bjork cancels fundraising drive

Icelandic singer Bjork has scrapped plans to fund a digital music scheme through public donations after failing to attract enough interest.


Bjork cancels fundraising drive

The star had hoped to raise $600,000 to create an app based around her 2011 album Biophilia and launched a campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter.com.

However, the scheme only received 263 donations in 10 days and made just $24,592 - less than five per cent of Bjork's planned fundraising total - so she axed the drive on Thursday (07Feb13).

A statement from Bjork's team reads, "We've decided to stop the Kickstarter campaign. Seems like the costs were too gigantic and we too optimistic, so it seemed cleverest to pause it for now. Things seem to be changing fast; perhaps in a year, even months, there will be a far cheaper way to reprogram this. We are extremely grateful for the help we got, though, and want to extend a big thank you to all our contributors, great and small. You guys generously offered your own hard-earned money to something bigger than yourselves that you believe in, and we are deeply touched by your contributions."

The donations from the scrapped scheme will be refunded.

Kickstarter previously proved to be a success for rocker Amanda Palmer, who last year (12) raised more than $1 million to fund the cost of recording her new album.

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