As previously announced, Amanda Palmer was one of the featured speakers at this year’s TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., and her talk is now available to watch online.
Through stories about street performing and eventually a solo career, Palmer’s talk “The Art of Asking” focused on her belief that the music industry should re-think the way it funds music. Instead of asking fans to buy music, Palmer says, “Let them.” The former Dresden Dolls frontwoman’s tested this theory when releasing music for free and asking fans to help. Through a Kickstarter account, Palmer’s latest album Theatre is Evil earned about $1.2 million completely through donations.
Check out Amanda’s full TED Talk in the video above.