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PBS Arts produced a segment entitled "Art in the Era of the Internet" featuring cameo appearances by several great Kickstarter projects: "The Internet has intensified connections between people across the planet. In this episode of OFF BOOK, we take a look at the impact of the this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of expressing ownership have arisen to accomodate for remix culture, and artists are finding ways to connect physical art experiences and traditions to the Internet. In the digital era, the experience of art from the perspective of the artist and the art audience is shifting rapidly, and bringing more people into the creative process."
Ben Sisario from the New York Times featured the recently successful CASH Music project, which aims to "bring some of punk’s do-it-yourself spirit to an area that many musicians find frustratingly complex and expensive: managing their music and fan interactions online...CASH was founded by two performers, Kristin Hersh and Donita Sparks, as a way to release their music, and has grown into a portfolio of Web tools for artists and labels."
Lauren Lloyd from LAist reported on the "Kenny: A Documentary in G" project, to finish funding for a film about the famed smooth jazz saxophonist, asking: "Who doesn't recognize and love the smooth, sultry sounds of Kenny G's saxophone?"
Archinect's Christopher Brown posted about The American Drive-In Movie Theater project by Carl Weese to "photo-document the iconic drive-in movie theaters before they are wiped off the American landscape."
NPR's Weekend Edition explored the success of Julia Nunes who said of her project: "I was really apprehensive at first; I didn't think fans would understand why all of a sudden I needed money," she says. "I had been making CDs for years without it, so why now? Easy to explain: I was working with friends. I wasn't using the best production or the best equipment. At this point in my career, I felt like I wanted to make the best thing that I possibly could. I made a budget of $18,000 for all 18 songs, 16 days at the studio, no room for breaks. I thought even that was too high for people to understand. I set it at $15,000 — that was a small enough number for people to grasp."