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Art

Thousands of art projects have been successfully funded through Kickstarter – paintings, sculptures, public art, digital works, installations, and more.

  • $51 million

    pledged to art

  • 7,457

    successfully funded art projects

Mike Perry

Mike Perry

raised $31,560 from 766 backers for “Wondering Around Wandering.”

Marina Abramovic Institute

Marina Abramovic Institute

raised $661,452 from 4,765 backers for “Marina Abramovic Institute: The Founders.”

Bayete Ross Smith

Bayete Ross Smith

raised $4,389 from 145 backers for “Got The Power: Boomboxes as Community Soundtracks, Minnesota.”

Comics

Whether you work in ink or on the web, a Kickstarter project can get your work in the hands of your fans and on the shelves of your local comic shop.

  • $39 million

    pledged to comics

  • 2,819

    successfully funded comics projects

Greg Pak

Greg Pak

raised $340,270 from 8,452 backers for “Code Monkey Save World.”

Harvey Pekar Estate

Harvey Pekar Estate

raised $38,356 from 805 backers for “Harvey Pekar Library Statue: Comics as Art & Literature Desk.”

IronSpike

IronSpike

raised $13,606 from 703 backers for “Poorcraft: A Comic Book Guide to Frugal Urban and Suburban Living!.”

Crafts

These hobby projects come from some of our craftiest project creators. There are tons of handmade, quirky, and cute projects to discover.

  • $6 million

    pledged to crafts

  • 993

    successfully funded crafts projects

Emily Fischer

Emily Fischer

raised $149,301 from 958 backers for “Constellation Quilt.”

Leafcutter Designs

Leafcutter Designs

raised $46,982 from 1,109 backers for “Seed Money: Coins You Can Plant.”

Lisa Glover

Lisa Glover

raised $110,829 from 2,900 backers for “KitRex: the 3D paper velociraptor that you build yourself.”

Dance

Young choreographers and established companies use Kickstarter to stage performances and showcase their work. 70% of Dance projects have been successfully funded - the most of any category!

  • $9 million

    pledged to dance

  • 1,707

    successfully funded dance projects

Allison Orr

Allison Orr

raised $16,009 from 208 backers for “The Trash Project for two final performances.”

Indelible

Indelible

raised $3,147 from 103 backers for “ILLUMINATE.”

Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez

raised $21,674 from 399 backers for “And lose the name of action.”

Fashion

Debut collections, handmade goods, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and so much more.

  • $58 million

    pledged to fashion

  • 2,761

    successfully funded fashion projects

Mary Going

Mary Going

raised $137,562 from 1,108 backers for “Saint Harridan.”

Harry Keen

Harry Keen

raised £2,183 from 48 backers for “FOXA: Embroidered Sweatshirt.”

Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson

raised $68,770 from 367 backers for “PASKHO: The First Collection.”

Film & Video

More than 150 Kickstarter-funded films have opened theatrically, thousands have played at festivals around the world, and one even won an Academy Award.

  • $279 million

    pledged to film & video

  • 17,720

    successfully funded film & video projects

Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley

raised $56,433 from 590 backers for “Meanwhile.”

Spike Lee

Spike Lee

raised $1,418,910 from 6,421 backers for “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”

Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman

raised $52,175 from 793 backers for “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.”

Food

Whether you’re a chef with big plans or a food lover with an amazing family gelato recipe, a Kickstarter project can help bring it to life.

  • $73 million

    pledged to food

  • 3,884

    successfully funded food projects

Dina Falconi and Wendy Hollender

Dina Falconi and Wendy Hollender

raised $115,026 from 2,315 backers for “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.”

Nick Fauchald

Nick Fauchald

raised $92,672 from 1,761 backers for “Short Stack Editions (Vol. 1 - 3).”

Kristy Lynn Allen and Erin Rupp

Kristy Lynn Allen and Erin Rupp

raised $39,960 from 828 backers for “Revive the Hive with The Beez Kneez Honey House.”

Games

Groundbreaking indie games. Epic tabletop games. Beloved revivals. Enthusiastic communities ready to cheer you on.

  • $355 million

    pledged to games

  • 5,525

    successfully funded games projects

Max Temkin

Max Temkin

raised $15,570 from 758 backers for “Cards Against Humanity.”

Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

raised $923,680 from 5,512 backers for “Ogre Designer's Edition.”

Subset Games

Subset Games

raised $200,542 from 9,818 backers for “FTL: Faster Than Light.”

Journalism

From photojournalism to broadcast, Kickstarter has changed the way that news gets made – and, more importantly, who gets to make it. What’s your story?

  • $7 million

    pledged to journalism

  • 594

    successfully funded journalism projects

Dave Stanton

Dave Stanton

raised $34,358 from 380 backers for “For Journalism.”

Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune

raised $65,310 from 1,269 backers for “Livestreaming the 2014 Race for Governor.”

The Vancouver Observer

The Vancouver Observer

raised $53,040 CAD from 741 backers for “Tar Sands Reporting Project.”

Music

More than a million people have backed a music project on Kickstarter - from new albums to reissues, from one-off DIY shows to enormous opera performances.

  • $147 million

    pledged to music

  • 20,018

    successfully funded music projects

Blue Scholars

Blue Scholars

raised $62,391 from 2,243 backers for “Cinemetropolis: Blue Scholars signs to the people.”

Nataly Dawn

Nataly Dawn

raised $104,788 from 2,315 backers for “Nataly Dawn's first solo album.”

Tom Rush

Tom Rush

raised $140,984 from 533 backers for “Tom Rush’s Grand Finale to his 50th Year On Stage.”

Photography

Kickstarter-funded photography projects have appeared in National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art.

  • $20 million

    pledged to photography

  • 2,162

    successfully funded photography projects

Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit

Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit

raised $66,162 from 1,503 backers for “The Olympic City.”

Kelly Angood

Kelly Angood

raised £35,164 from 881 backers for “The Pop-Up Pinhole Project.”

Gerd Ludwig

Gerd Ludwig

raised $23,316 from 435 backers for “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl.”

Publishing

From novels to podcasts to handmade zines, share your ideas with the world and bring your project to life.

  • $73 million

    pledged to publishing

  • 7,374

    successfully funded publishing projects

Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan

raised $13,942 from 570 backers for “Robin writes a book.”

Carlton Reid

Carlton Reid

raised £17,407 from 648 backers for “Roads Were Not Built For Cars.”

Emmy Hodgson

Emmy Hodgson

raised $2,093 from 89 backers for “Poems of Beards and Other Things.”

Theater

Kickstarter-funded productions have premiered everywhere from Edinburgh Fringe to the Kennedy Center to the local playhouse.

  • $32 million

    pledged to theater

  • 4,818

    successfully funded theater projects

ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann

Thomas O. Kriegsmann

raised $46,022 from 244 backers for “Phantom Limb's 69˚S. - The Final Stage.”

Nina Meehan

Nina Meehan

raised $5,687 from 90 backers for “Creating Ivy + Bean, the Musical.”

Brett Evans

Brett Evans

raised $5,067 from 141 backers for “Twig Theatre Project.”

Kickstarter is a vibrant community of people working together to bring new things to life.

Friends, fans, and inspired strangers have pledged $1.7 billion to projects on Kickstarter, funding everything from homemade postcards to Oscar-winning documentaries.

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  • 8.7 million people
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  • 2.6 million people
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  • 317 thousand people
    have backed ten or more projects

A Kickstarter project does more than raise money.
It builds community around your work.

“Kickstarter creates a community of people interested in what you’re doing, and the community that’s created is important.”

Braxton Pope

Braxton Pope

raised $159,015 from 1,050 backers

“The community we have all built in the past 30 days has been the greatest surprise.”

Ian Wiley

Ian Wiley

raised $14,385 from 97 backers

“Kickstarter has been a powerful tool to connect with a community passionate about our work.”

Jesse Genet

Jesse Genet

raised $13,597 from 188 backers
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Most importantly, Kickstarter works.

  • Kickstarter is for creative projects.

    We host projects from the worlds of Art, Comics, Crafts, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater. We built Kickstarter to serve creative projects and the artists, designers, and creative people who make them.

  • All-or-nothing funding works.

    All-or-nothing funding protects creators from being stuck with a fraction of the funds they need and an audience expecting fully funded results. By minimizing risk, it also makes backers more likely to pledge. Incredibly, nearly half of all projects on Kickstarter have been successfully funded (85,346 so far!). No other funding method comes close.

  • People love backing projects.

    Everyone loves being a part of creating something new. Millions of people have jumped in to support creators on Kickstarter. They’ve gotten some great rewards, and a unique look into the creator’s process in return. It’s about more than money. It’s people making something together.

  • We’re making Kickstarter better all the time.

    After hosting more than 100,000 projects, we’ve learned a ton about what works and what doesn’t. We apply what we learn to improving the site everyday, we offer resources like the creator handbook to help you build a great project, and of course we’re available for questions.

  • What is Kickstarter’s fee?

    Kickstarter collects a 5% fee from a project’s funding total if a project is successfully funded. There are no fees if a project is not successfully funded.

    Pledges on Kickstarter are collected and processed by our payments partner, Stripe. These payment processing fees work out to roughly 3-5%.

    Creators never give up any ownership of their work to Kickstarter or backers. You keep 100% ownership and control over your work.

  • Where is Kickstarter available?

    Anyone, anywhere can pledge to a project with a major credit or debit card. Anyone in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, or Germany can start a project full details.

  • Where does the money come from?

    Millions of people visit Kickstarter every week, but support always begins with people you know. Friends, fans, and the communities you’re a part of will be your biggest supporters. They’ll help spread the word to people they know, and so on. A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.

  • How much work is it to run a project?

    Every Kickstarter project has its share of exhilarating moments and challenging ones. But the amount of work generally depends on the size and complexity of the project.

    The first few days and last few days are full of activity: getting the word out, answering questions. Some projects have a life of their own, and unexpected success can create more work to go along with all the excitement.

    It's fair to say a Kickstarter project is, well, a project. Over and over creators tell us the payoff – getting to bring a project to life as a community cheers it toward the finish line – is worth it.

  • Why should I use Kickstarter instead of another site?

    Kickstarter is for creative projects and the creators and backers who bring them to life. 8.7 million people have backed a project on Kickstarter - maybe you’re one of them! Even with our focus on creative projects, the results have been huge. $1.73 billion has been pledged to projects on Kickstarter. That's more than every crowdfunding site combined.

  • Do I have to make a video?

    A video is strongly encouraged but not required. More than 80% of projects have videos, and those that don't have a much lower success rate. Making a video isn’t that hard! Here's one we made for inspiration

  • Can Kickstarter be used to fund anything?

    Kickstarter is specifically for creative projects in the worlds of Art, Comics, Crafts, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater. Things like making an album, a book, or a work of art. Check out our rules for details.

  • Does Kickstarter curate or screen projects?

    We never curate projects. It doesn't matter if we don't think a project will succeed, or if someone on the Kickstarter staff doesn’t like it. We would never reject a polka album just because we don't like polka. (Note: We have no strong opinion on polka.) If you heard Kickstarter screens projects, that just refers to the quick check we do to make sure each project meets our rules before it launches

  • What happens if I get funded?

    It's time to bring your project to life!

    First, your backers' cards are charged. Depending on your country, you’ll withdraw funds from Kickstarter or Amazon in about two weeks. And now, the rest is up to you!

    As you work, share your progress with backers. Post updates when big news arrives, or about once a month when it hasn’t. They'll love hearing from you. Even when things go wrong, let them know. They'll appreciate it.

    When rewards are ready, our survey tool will help you get all the info you need from each backer – things like mailing address or t-shirt size. Get a few friends to help package rewards, and mail them with love. All done!

  • What happens if I don’t get funded?

    If a project on Kickstarter does not reach its funding goal, no backers are charged and no money changes hands. But there are still positives: creators can get useful feedback and often find new people interested in their work. Creators are welcome to relaunch their projects on Kickstarter and apply lessons learned from the first go-around.

  • How does my project become a Staff Pick?

    Our Staff Picks area showcases projects that we really like. We see projects when they launch and highlight ones that do an exceptional job of using Kickstarter: a fun or interesting video, fairly priced rewards, a good story. While it's nice to be featured in Staff Picks, most successfully funded projects do fine without it.

  • I have more questions. How do I get in touch?
    We're always available for questions here. You can also check out the FAQ for more detailed information and the creator handbook for more info on starting and running your project.

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