Bust a Move: Four Kickstarter-funded Dance Films Included in Dance on Camera Festival

This February 3–7, Dance Films Association — the Brooklyn-based nonprofit that’s worked to preserve the art of dance on film for 60 years — is teaming up with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to host the spectacular Dance on Camera Festival. It’s an annual must-attend event for dance lovers here in NYC — and we’re thrilled to announce that four Kickstarter creators have films premiering in the festival, including world premieres and the coveted opening night slot.

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Standing Together

Eighteen months ago, we worked with the White House and the UN Refugee Agency to raise awareness and aid for Syrian refugees. That campaign led 27,669 of you to pledge more than $1.7 million to help more than 7,000 people seeking safety.

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Guest Post: How to Chisel a Project Down to a Manageable Size

The first time you take an idea to Kickstarter, you might be tempted to cram every element of it (and then some) into your campaign. But if you look through projects that were successfully funded, you’ll see that most of them have funding goals between one and ten thousand dollars. Many successful project creators — some of whom you may know of, admire, and emulate — scaled down their initial ideas; others may have failed in a first pass and revamped by focusing on one piece of their idea, or even by breaking their idea into a series of separate projects.

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Unsolicited Advice for Rewards and Fulfillment

I spend a lot of time at the post office. In addition to my annual weekly planner project, which I pack and ship myself, I also operate a small online shop which has me dropping off mail several mornings per week. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn post office draws a unique crowd, ranging from parents with young children applying for passports, people moving to or from NYC with giant boxes of their possessions, the type of guy who obviously collects sneakers, and of course, young creative people (aka “people with visible tattoos”) who run online businesses.

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The Year in Kickstarter: 2016

Last year more than 3.5 million generous people from around the world supported tens of thousands of independent creators on Kickstarter. Together they brought imaginative new ideas, and a more diverse culture to life. Today we’re celebrating some of the brightest moments from that community with The Year in Kickstarter: 2016

It was a big year for the team here at Kickstarter HQ, too. We opened up to independent creators in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mexico, introduced a new way to share and experience the creative journey with Kickstarter Live, published the findings of the first study to trace Kickstarter’s impact on the creative economy, launched The Creative Independent, and so much more. 

Over the next year, lifting the voices of independent creators will become even more important. We’re committed to giving those voices a stage, and helping them earn an audience. To that end we’ve just launched a creative initiative to encourage more people to create in 2017. Speak your mind. Bring your vision to life. Now’s the time to create.

Creators Thrive Here

Last year we published the results of the first study to examine Kickstarter’s impact on the creative economy. The findings were exciting news for independent creators — Kickstarter projects lead to job creation, greater earnings, career advancement, and the opportunity to pursue creative ideas on your own terms.

The numbers are inspiring. Tens of thousands of new careers created. Hundreds of thousands of creative collaborators paid. Billions of dollars in broader economic impact generated.

The stories behind the stats are even more compelling. Today we’re bringing a handful of those stories to life. You’ll read about a team in Tokyo reviving the art of Japanese woodblock printing, an experimental dance troupe that captivated Minneapolis with a new contemporary dance festival, and a designer from London who’s making cycling safer on city streets around the world.

We look forward to sharing more of these stories from around the Kickstarter community. If your project has made a great impact on the world share your story in the comments below. We’d love to hear them.

Announcing Make 100: A nudge to get creating in 2017

The new year is the perfect time to dial it up to 100% — to resolve to be happier, more generous, and more creative, too. That’s why we’re launching Make 100, a creative initiative focused on editions of 100. As 2017 kicks off, we challenge you to bring your brightest idea to life, x100.

Being part of Make 100 is simple: launch a Kickstarter project this January featuring a limited-edition reward capped at 100 backers. You could make a run of 100 zines, or release 100 tickets to a performance — as long as your project follows Kickstarter’s rules, the possibilities are 100% endless. And while you don’t need to make it all the way to 100 backers to be a successful part of Make 100, you do need to reach your funding goal, so be sure to make a plan before you share your limited-edition project with the world.

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