Open Call: Apply to Become a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence this Fall

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The Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence
The Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence

We’re excited to announce the open call for Kickstarter’s Fall 2019 Creators-in-Residence program.

Whether you’re a first-time creator seeking one-on-one mentorship or a repeat creator looking to fulfill your rewards, our Creators-in-Residence program can give you the time and space to move your project forward.

Launched in 2017, our Creators-in-Residence program invites NYC-based creators in the process of planning, launching, or about to fulfill a Kickstarter campaign to join us at our Brooklyn HQ for a three-month residency. Past residents have included product designer Krystal Persaud, games designer Jordan Draper, artist Nicholas O’Brien, author Ytasha L. Womack, and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly.

The Fall 2019 session will run from Tuesday, September 10, through Friday, December 13.

During the residency, each creator will pair with a staff mentor who specializes in their area of interest and will offer guidance on how to manage a Kickstarter campaign. Residents receive access to a dedicated workspace, as well as our theater, recording studio, library, meeting rooms, and kitchen. They also have opportunities to be featured in Kickstarter-produced editorial content, and are invited to attend regular workshops, talks, and performances that put them in conversation with other creators and Kickstarter staff.

Apply here for the upcoming season by Wednesday July 31, 2019. Creators will be notified on Thursday August 15 if they’ve been selected for the program.

The Creators-in-Residence program supports Kickstarter’s mission IRL

As part of our mission to help bring creative projects to life, we're always looking for ways to help artists and creators find the support and resources they need to make their ideas a reality.

Since launching the Creators-in-Residence program, we’ve welcomed more than 40 Kickstarter creators into the building for three-month residencies. They’ve accomplished a lot: they’ve launched and fulfilled campaigns, used the Kickstarter office in creative ways, and hosted performances, workshops, and events.

This spring, we welcomed 11 first-time creators to Kickstarter to work on Design & Technology, Journalism, Art, Comedy, Publishing and Games

Here are some highlights from the class of Spring 2019:

  • Ytasha Womack used the residency to complete the third book in her afro-futurism series and launch a successfully funded campaign. 
  • Nicholas O’Brien turned his narrative video game into a live, interactive event with real-time choices and musical accompaniment that make the game come to life. 
  • Myriah Towner completed the process of filing her project as a registered nonprofit, and met with mentors who helped her map out a sustainable business plan for the project she hopes to launch in the future. 
  • Sarah Rowan turned a paper prototype into a fully-designed game for a campaign she's aiming to launch later this year.

“Through the residency, I learned how I was going to make this kind of creative life happen,” food creator and Summer 2018 Creator-in-Resident Jenn de la Vega told us. “I went in not knowing what my day to day would be like after leaving a cushy tech job. Now I'm excited to have ongoing projects that will propel me forward.”

Submit your application for the Fall 2019 Creators-in-Residence program. All applications are due by July 31, 2019. Email us at creators@kickstarter.com with any questions.

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