We’ve released another bundle of fixes and updates, with two notable changes for project creators.
Media editing. You can now replace your project’s photo or video at any time by going to “Edit Project” from the Dashboard. Previously, creators could only edit images/video before a project launched.
Collecting backer information. Many projects require collecting some additional information from backers — shipping addresses, email, shirt size, and so on. In the past, this was done manually (and painfully) with a mass email.
Now, once your project’s successful, you can create a survey to collect the information you need from backers to fulfill their rewards. After filling out the form (see below) and sending the request, backers will get an email notice that they need to fill out some info to get their rewards.
As they fill out their info, you’ll see their changes updated in the Backer Report. All the information can be downloaded as a CSV spreadsheet, suitable for Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
For popular projects with hundreds of backers, this makes fulfilling rewards much more palatable. Let us know what you think or how it can be improved.
Three of Kickstarter’s most prominent music projects end this week, so this is your last chance to get an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis, an exclusive 7-inch from one of indie rock’s biggest up-and-coming bands, and an EP turned LP from a prolific Georgia-based singer-songwriter. All three projects boast great rewards and have had — not coincidentally — a lot of success. Let’s take a look at them.
Kind of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis was commissioned by Kickstarter’s own Andy Baio, and brings together five prominent 8-bit musicians (using the NES and Gameboy to make videogame-inspired music) to cover Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue. Having raised nearly $7,000 (with a goal of $2,000), the project has been enormously successful thanks to the novelty of the project as well as Andy’s thoughtful promotion, including tons of project updates and interaction on the project page. There have been requests for a vinyl version of the record, so there’s a chance we might see a Vinyl of Bloop project at some point, too.
About two years ago Rural Alberta Advantage (or RAA) recorded and self-financed an album called Hometowns that was self-released and then immediately ignored. Then in October of last year, someone from the Metacritic forums brought the band to my attention, and I signed them that same day to a record label I was running. We quickly reissued their album digitally and gave it some promotion and suddenly it was an indie hit.
The next six months brought them several sold-out NYC shows, a gig at SXSW opening for Grizzly Bear in a massive, beautiful church, and then an offer from the beloved record label Saddle Creek to be a part of their roster. So, in six short months, they went from the position where almost every band is — dreams bigger than their prospects — to being poised right now to become indie rock’s next big crossover band.
The Kickstarter project is the finishing touch on this part of their career. This 7-inch will be the stuff of eBay auctions before the year is out. Just you wait.
Last but definitely not least we have the delightful Allison Weiss. Allison’s project was to release a new EP, and after she reached her $2,000 funding goal in a matter of hours, she smartly offered her supporters a new goal, promising a full-length album over the initial EP.
Ray hosted a private get together for project Backers, a thank you for supporting the ambitions of an artist. It was also a great time to meet Ray, view the works of art, and pick up the rewards for those that supported the project. An added bonus was to simply meet others who backed the project locally, and celebrate our collective efforts to see this project come to life.
The show officially opened its doors to the public at 6pm and quickly filled the space with project Backers, friends, passersby, and even a nice community of Kickstarters running their own projects or looking to launch shortly. With a rotation of DJs manning the turntables, some great organic goods to nosh on, and of course some booze, the show was kicked off in style, and we were extremely grateful of Mr. CRO’s hospitality in letting us innagurate our Chicago pressence at the opening of his weekend show.
(The lovely spread by Courtney Maran. Thanks Courntey!)
Thanks to everyone who came out, introduced yourself, gave us feedback on Kickstarter, and of course simply enjoyed the evening, the art, and the warm Chicago air.