From tell-all documentaries to archive projects and brand-new instruments, Music on Kickstarter is home to quite a range of sonic creativity. But at the heart of the category is music-making itself — recordings by artists at all stages of their careers who’ve decided to bring their songs to life with the direct support of their fans.Read more
Long before Adam Poots raised a record-breaking $12.4 million on Kickstarter, he raised… much less than that.
Just weeks after Kickstarter launched in 2009, Adam put up a project seeking $1,500 to create a single board-game miniature. He said of his team: “We all share a burning passion for old-school board games, the kind where friends can sit down together at a table playing mighty heroes fighting scary monsters in fantastical settings that fueled our imaginations.”Read more
Early this morning Kickstarter signed onto an amicus brief alongside 96 leading American companies to stand up for our country’s long tradition of immigration. Signing our name to this friend-of-the-court brief reflects our belief that restricting immigration on the basis of one's national origin or faith contradicts core values of our democracy, and Kickstarter’s commitment to a more equitable world.Read more
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.Read more
We have two big announcements to share with you today. First, we’ve acquired Huzza, a really exciting company that shares our vision of serving independent creators. And second we’ve opened our first international office, based in Vancouver, Canada.
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.Read more
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.Read more