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  1. Happening: Curated by the Kickstarter Staff

    It's Music Month at Kickstarter, and pretty soon Happening will be made up of links from a variety of artists and characters orbiting the world of music. We're pretty excited about what's coming up! To start off, though, we went back through our bookmarks, our long-kept-open tabs, and our own memories to bring you some of our favorite recent music stories. Some, like the feature about Kevin MacLeod, the king of open source music, came from our own staff. Others are from all over the internet: from Greek folk music at the New York Times, to the darkest, quietest corners of Spotify at the New Republic. Enjoy our brief rundown below. And as always, we're also hosting a series of special events, which you can RSVP for right here.

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  2. So Your Project Blew Up. Now What? (Part Two)

    Many successful projects follow a pattern: first, there's an initial burst of excitement from backers in the few days surrounding the start of the project. After that, momentum slows down a bit, and the pledges steadily rise through the middle weeks of the project. Then, 48 hours before the end of the funding period, there's another burst of pledges as the people who opted to be reminded of the project's end return to the page.

    But sometimes projects blow up quickly, reaching their goals many times over — often in no time at all. What should a creator do when the interest in their project is significantly larger than anticipated? How do they adjust their expectations on the fly?

    Some of the projects below had pretty big goals, while some were smaller — but all of the creators reached at least 400% of their funding goals. We asked them to share what it was like and what (if anything) they needed to do to adjust.

    Recently we ran part one of this post — read it here. This week, we're featuring two more creators, each with successful Games projects.

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