This. The only Kickstarters I have ever supported were established companies and media creators (such as Rob Thomas/the Veronica Mars movie) who were more likely to be in a position to follow through with their promised rewards. I would never give my money to some schlub off the street who had never run a business or made whatever thing he/she is attempting to make. If I was still consuming new music, I would more likely donate to Voyager's Kickstarter campaign than some random five guys in their parents' basement. Actually, if a Kickstarter fails, none of the money gets collected. It's often worse to have the campaign succeed, because then often many of the payments don't go through and the amount dwindles, and then, even if the amount is "enough" to fund the project, things could still go south. It doesn't take Kickstarter or another crowdfunding vehicle to make this happen. All it takes is a ballsy con-artist. Anyone remember Etheria? They were taking "pre-orders" at ProgPower USA 1.0 for a debut album that didn't exist, and then the band broke up soon after. I think some people saw refunds, but not many.