Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Launch Season 1 (52 episodes) of a podcast starring personal stories told live from FPA's archive plus new tales from our listeners
Launch Season 1 (52 episodes) of a podcast starring personal stories told live from FPA's archive plus new tales from our listeners
249 backers pledged $15,670 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Launch the First Person Arts Podcast project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$15,670

249

First Person Arts (FPA) is a Philadelphia-based non-profit committed to the power of the personal. For over 12 years, we’ve produced hundreds of events featuring stories in all art forms based on real life experiences. Now we want to take our stories beyond the stage and give you a new way to get in on the act, too.

The First Person Arts Podcast will feature personal stories from our live events plus stories submitted through a Google voice hotline. Anyone can call in with a story. We want to hear real life stories from across the country. Maybe from around the world?

With your help, the First Person Arts podcast will launch in the summer of 2013. The podcast will be free and distributed regularly via iTunes. The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to secure the funding so we can hire award-winner audio producer Yowei Shaw for a full year. Yowei has produced segments for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Studio 360, Morning Edition and more. She’s also a First Person Arts fan herself and has been coming to our events for years. (Meet the full podcast team below.)

We also want to be able to pay musicians for podcast music, offer the storytellers a stipend, and purchase ads on other storytelling podcasts and public radio. The more money we raise over the Kickstarter goal means Yowei can create original content, like exclusive stories from First Person Arts Festival artists or more polished versions of live StorySlam stories. (A more detailed budget is below.)

If this campaign is successful, Yowei will immediately begin producing the first 12 podcasts, and they will begin airing in early June. We will release podcasts weekly, with occasional interruptions around major holidays.

With the help of some of our amazing storytellers and hosts, we’ve put together some fun rewards to thank our supporters for giving. And because First Person Arts is a 501(c)(3), your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. (More details below.)

Please give, please share, please listen, and please tell your story. Thanks for your support!

Find First Person Arts on the Web: on YouTube, on Facebook, on Twitter

The Team
Yowei Shaw, Audio Producer
Jamie J. Brunson, FPA Executive Director and Podcast Host
Brady Dale, FPA Storyteller and Tech Advisor
Karina Kacala, FPA Marketing Manager
Musicians from all over the country
Storytellers from all over the county
You

Budget for One Year of Podcasts
Audio Production for 52 podcasts: $13,500
Tech Support: $1500
Musician and Storyteller Fees: $4,000
Publicity: $4,000

Goal #1: $15,000- WE GET A PODCAST!
Goal #2: $19,000- WE CAN PAY MUSICIANS AND STORYTELLERS!
Goal #3: $23,000- WE CAN BUY ADS!
Goal #4: Anything beyond $23,000 allows us to create more original content, like exclusive stories from the First Person Arts Festival and our memoir and storytelling workshops, as well as polished revisions of live StorySlam stories (which can included added content like storyteller interviews).

Rewards

"Storytelling is Universal" tshirt by FPA storyteller, Todd Marrone
"Storytelling is Universal" tshirt by FPA storyteller, Todd Marrone
Get a top-secret, never-fail cupcake recipe (with added comments, anecdotes and diversions) from storyteller and noted cake aficionado R. Eric Thomas. He's adorable!
Get a top-secret, never-fail cupcake recipe (with added comments, anecdotes and diversions) from storyteller and noted cake aficionado R. Eric Thomas. He's adorable!
An 8x8 print of "Stories are Universal" by FPA storyteller and artist, Todd Marrone
An 8x8 print of "Stories are Universal" by FPA storyteller and artist, Todd Marrone
A copy of comedian and 2010 Grand Slam host Doogie Horner's book, "Everything Explained Through Flowcharts."
A copy of comedian and 2010 Grand Slam host Doogie Horner's book, "Everything Explained Through Flowcharts."
Get illustrated like our FPA storytellers!
Get illustrated like our FPA storytellers!

First Person Arts is a 501(c)(3). All gifts are tax-deductable to the fullest extent of the law. The official registration and financial information for First Person Arts may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement

Risks and challenges

First Person Arts brings 12 years of experience in storytelling, plus a large and ever-growing archive to this project. The main risk is that people will not call into the Google voice hotline. We plan to mount a vigorous campaign to spread the word about the hotline through press, advertisements, our social media networks, through our national storytelling networks. However, it is entirely possible that the hotline will not work. That said, the weekly podcast can still occur and we can brainstorm new ways to include more storytellers.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Recognition on our website as a founding donor of the First Person Arts podcast, plus our undying gratitude

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    49 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    The above PLUS 1 StorySlam ticket

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    56 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    All of the above PLUS a "Storytelling is Universal" t-shirt, designed by FPA storyteller Todd Marrone (pictured at left)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    26 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    All of the above PLUS a top-secret, never-fail cupcake recipe (with added comments, anecdotes and diversions) from storyteller and noted cake aficionado R. Eric Thomas (8x10, suitable for framing)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    25 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    All of the above PLUS an exclusive invitation to the First Person Arts Podcast Launch Party, with live music and performances by podcast storytellers.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    All of the above PLUS an 8 x 8 print by FPA storyteller Todd Marrone, titled "Stories are Universal" (pictured at left, suitable for framing)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    All of the above PLUS an autographed copy of 2010 Grand Slam host Doogie Horner's book, "Everything Explained Through Flowcharts"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    All of the above PLUS free StorySlam admission for a year. (Good for one admission to all Slams at World Cafe Live and L'Etage)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    All of the above PLUS an illustration of yourself or a friend in the style of the FPA storytellers

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    All of the above PLUS a First Person Arts Festival VIP Pass AND a special invitation to observe a live studio production of "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane at WHYY"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)