Introducing the New Drip

In 2012, the record label Ghostly International launched Drip as a way for people to support musicians through subscriptions. Though niche, Drip was a pioneering service. You could see the potential. Almost two years ago, Drip became a part of Kickstarter instead of shutting down.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Today we launch a new Drip for artists and creators across the full spectrum of disciplines we support on Kickstarter. Just as artists, authors, game designers, musicians, and filmmakers use Kickstarter to fund and build community around their projects, Drip is a tool for people to fund and build community around their ongoing creative practice.

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Welcoming Sarah Hromack and Jamie Wilkinson to Kickstarter

Today, I’m excited to announce two new leaders at Kickstarter in newly created roles.

Sarah Hromack joined us six weeks ago as Kickstarter’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, and Jamie Wilkinson joined us two weeks ago as our first-ever Chief Product Officer. Sarah and Jamie have both built distinguished careers working in service to artists and creators. We continue this journey together working to fulfill our mission to help bring creative projects to life.

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Five New Orleans Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter Projects to Mark the City’s Tricentennial

Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile
Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile

This summer, Kickstarter joined forces with four film and artist support organizations in New Orleans — NOVAC, The New Orleans Film Society, #CreateLouisiana, and Film New Orleans — to form the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator. The plan? To help bring to life five films from local filmmakers about their city, ahead of NOLA’s 2018 Tricentennial celebration.

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Celebrating Five Years of Kickstarter in the UK

Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop, where everything's made of felt.
Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop, where everything's made of felt.

Five years ago today a Kickstarter team was supposed to be over in the UK celebrating our first international expansion. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy trapped them in a soggy New York. But the Kickstarter community in the UK quickly flourished regardless: In the last five years, 27,500 UK projects have launched, and they’ve attracted £168 million in pledges.

This felt like the right moment to look back at some of our favorite UK projects. It was a tough list to whittle down, but we hope it conveys the breadth of the creativity that has come out of Kickstarter in the UK, and the impact those projects have had at home and abroad. 

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Rough Cut: Apply to Host a Work-in-Progress Screening at Kickstarter HQ

Making movies is tough, but thrilling. And there’s nothing more thrilling for filmmakers than to see the fruits of their labor in post-production and eventually on to festivals and distribution. But there are countless challenges along the way, and filmmakers must to be able to step out of the edit and see their work on a larger format in order to be able to fine-tune it and, ultimately, lock picture.

Kickstarter’s Film team wants to ease the financial pressure on alumni filmmakers in post-production who are looking for a venue to screen their work. So, earlier this year, we decided to open our fifty-seat theater at our headquarters in Brooklyn to select Kickstarter alumni with films nearing completion. This gives them the chance to show their works-in-progress to funders, collaborators, and test audiences. For some of them, it will be the first time they see their work on a big screen.

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Kickstarter Creators on the Future of Independent Journalism

A student reporter for Brooklyn Deep, a Kickstarter-funded investigative journalism platform
A student reporter for Brooklyn Deep, a Kickstarter-funded investigative journalism platform

A home for citizen-run investigations. A platform for community storytelling. A podcast network created to revolutionize the medium.

Since Kickstarter launched eight years ago, writers, photographers, and podcasters have used it to forge their own paths in journalism. And a community of readers and listeners has followed: as of this month, over $10 million has been pledged to Journalism projects on Kickstarter.

To mark the milestone, we spoke with the creators behind three memorable Kickstarter-funded journalism projects. They shared their thoughts on the future of independent journalism and the potential for journalists —  by teaming up with the Kickstarter community  — to transform the field.

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Jesse Genet of Lumi Shares Three Practical Steps for Planning Your Packaging

We often learn new things about ourselves while working on creative projects. Jesse Genet launched Lumi, a line of light-sensitive ink kits, over the course of two Kickstarter campaigns. In the process, she discovered that she loved solving the logistical puzzle of shipping things. So she shifted her company's focus to helping other creators design beautiful packaging for their projects. We asked Genet to share some tips on how to plan for packaging and shipping before you launch a Kickstarter campaign.

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