A One-on-One with our Dance Outreach Lead, Jes Nelson

This Sunday (yes, Valentine's Day), our Dance Outreach Lead, Jes Nelson, has opened up her schedule to hold one-on-one consultations with dancers to talk about their project ideas. She's hosting these in collaboration with the 44th Dance on Camera Festival, New York's most widely attended dance films event, celebrating dancers, filmmakers, and the thought provoking films that bring them together. 

If you're in New York this weekend and would like to chat about your dance project, sign up for a one-on-one. She'll be hosting them on Sunday, February 14, starting at 1PM. If you can't make it, you're still in luck. We had our own one-on-one with Jes, and she gave us some pointers on how to get started.

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Announcing the Kickstarter + Berlinale Talents Network Partnership

Kickstarter is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival (known as the Berlinale) taking place February 13-18, 2016. 

The partnership’s primary goal will be to nurture and engage creative talent. Since 2003, Berlinale Talents has been the festival’s creative academy, summit, and networking platform for up-and-coming film professionals from around the globe. The summit runs for six days during the Berlinale and offers a wide variety of program elements such as master classes, panel discussions, workshops, and various hands-on training and script development programs for three hundred invited film professionals from twelve fields of work, as well as the cinema-loving audiences of Berlin. This new partnership is part of Kickstarter’s ongoing initiative to provide education and mentorship opportunities for emerging talent in the film community.

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And the Grammy Nominees Are . . .

When Mary Lambert came to Kickstarter to make her very first EP in 2010, she offered a reward tier that would allow a backer to be her date to the Grammys. At the time, none of her 37 backers took her up on the offer — it required a pledge at the $1,000 level, which was half of her total goal. But in 2014, not only was Mary nominated for a Grammy, she even took the stage at the ceremony to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Kickstarter creators themselves!).

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The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers

Last night at 11:29pm EST, an inspired and visually striking photography project called “Falklands/Malvinas: One War, all Wars” became the 100,000th project to be successfully funded with Kickstarter. Using a system that didn’t exist just seven years ago, photographer Adriana Groisman and 282 of her supporters pushed another creative idea one step closer to reality.

In the 6 years, 9 months, and 10 days since Kickstarter launched, much has changed and much has remained the same. It still takes tremendous courage to step out on a limb, and try to create something entirely new. But from where we stand, the state of creativity is more encouraging than ever. To celebrate this milestone we took a look at 100 numbers behind those first 100,000 successfully funded projects. It's a list that reflects some of the best and brightest qualities of the Kickstarter community, and the creative spirit that animates it.

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Unsolicited Advice for Project Launch Week

Everyone at Kickstarter HQ knows that I'm a huge fan of planners and notebooks, and Adam J. Kurtz's (a.k.a. ADAMJK) are definitely one of my faves. Every year for the past four years, he's run a project for his "Unsolicited Advice" agendas. Each one is full of little quips, maxims, and exercises to keep you motivated throughout the year. This year's even came with stickers. Who doesn't love stickers? 

We're always coming up with different suggestions and tools to help creators through the process of starting their projects, but nothing comes close to this thorough planner of sorts that Adam has put together for us. (Sorry, no stickers in this post.) –– Carol

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Introducing Badges for Projects We Love

To date, there have been more than 280,000 creative projects on Kickstarter — phew! Whether you’re a backer looking to find great ideas, or a creator looking for inspiration for your own project (or both), we want to help you find compelling ideas that are thoughtfully presented, exciting, and that bring communities together. With this in mind, we’re excited to introduce Projects We Love, a simple way for us to feature projects that go the extra mile.

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