Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
John Leland of the New York Times published a follow-up story on the paper's profile of jazz legend, Giuseppe Logan, and the recently successful music project to master and release high quality vinyl albums of his latest work: "In an April 8 cover story, the Metropolitan section profiled Giuseppi Logan, a jazz musician trying to get back on his feet after a long descent into drugs and mental illness. In the weeks since, financing has come through for a new album, and more are in the works. Three weeks ago, a fund-raising project on the Web site Kickstarter to release the new album, 'The Giuseppi Logan Project,' appeared stalled at $855 in pledges, far short of a target of $6,000. Contributions have since passed $11,700. Ed Pettersen, who organized the project, said he could now print 1,000 CDs, most of which will go to Mr. Logan to sell in the park."
John Lawless of Bluegrass Today wrote about Nora Jane Struthers' Country and Folk project to record her latest album: "Bearfoot’s sultry lead singer, is using Kickstarter as a crowd sourcing tool to raise funds for an upcoming solo project. She tells us that she has a core group of songs written, and is working now on arrangements...'I am planning to record primarily with the musicians who will go on the road with me in my solo backing band, Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers, and get a few special guests as well.'"
Film critic Tom Brook of BBC Worldwide produced a story pegged to the TriBeCa Film Festival on how Kickstarter is helping independent filmmakers get projects off the ground. The successfully funded Nancy, Please project enjoyed a flattering closeup.
Kyle Chayka of Art Info featured the Shandaken Project "founded by Nick Weist, who came up with the idea for a sustainable artistic residency program after working on an organic production farm in New Paltz, New York. Weist wanted to propose an alternative to the traditional art-world structure of a few wealthy donors bankrolling creative non-profits and develop a system 'whereby the creative community funds an organization that is by and for its constituency,' he told ARTINFO in a recent conversation. After hearing his ideas, a gentleman he met at the New Paltz farm offered Weist the run of a 250-acre plot of land he inherited in Shandaken, a farm that had lain fallow for years. The site abuts the wild forest, includes a large pond, a sugaring shack, old logging trails, and a 'huge amount of wildlife,' Weist described. 'There are few places left intact that have the same type of magic… It’s unusual for creative practitioners to have complete access to such a piece of land.'"