Open Call: Apply to Become a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence This Summer

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Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz
Designer, author, and artist Adam J. Kurtz

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.

Last year, we launched the Creators-in-Residence program at Brooklyn HQ. Over the course of three residencies, we welcomed more than thirty Kickstarter creators into the building. They accomplished a lot: they launched campaigns, created and produced new work, shipped thousands of rewards, and hosted performances, workshops, and events.

Here are some highlights:

  • Podcaster Sean J. Patrick Carney recorded thirty interviews with contemporary artists and comedians from Kickstarter’s recording studio. You can subscribe to him and support his podcast, Humor and the Abject, on Drip. 
  • Ani Taj of The Dance Cartel hosted a dance performance in our theater. 
  • It’s Showtime NYC hosted a dance workshop in our solarium.
  • Hans Reichstetter held a coffee taste test in our kitchen, and shared the results with staff. 
  • Filmmaker Dafina Roberts launched a Kickstarter project for her web series, Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass)Once it successfully funded, she used the Kickstarter theater to color-correct the series and host a “first cut” screening party for the cast, crew, and certain backers. “I received this opportunity at a critical point in my life, and it helped springboard my work into the next phase,” Roberts told us.

Now, we’re excited to announce an open call for our spring/summer residency. If you’re an NYC-based creator who’s in the process of planning, launching, or about to fulfill a Kickstarter or Drip campaign, read more about the program and apply here.

Dafina Roberts, director of Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass), with the cast
Dafina Roberts, director of Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass), with the cast

Each resident is paired with a staff mentor who specializes in the creator’s area of interest, and offers guidance on how to manage a Kickstarter or Drip campaign. The residents have access to a dedicated workspace, fulfillment station, as well as our theater, recording studio, library, meeting rooms, and kitchen. They have opportunities to be featured in Kickstarter-produced editorial content, and are invited to attend regular workshops, talks, performances, and feedback sessions that put them in conversation with other creators and Kickstarter staff.

The residency starts in May and runs through the end of July. Applications are due by April 16, 2018. Creators will be notified by April 20th if they’ve been selected for the program. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Apply here!

Sean J. Patrick Carney, host of the podcast Humor and the Abject
Sean J. Patrick Carney, host of the podcast Humor and the Abject
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