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RUCKUS NYC is a one-day conference and concert on art and the web happening September 29th at Cooper Union.
Created by

Kevin Clark

95 backers pledged $5,206 to help bring this project to life.

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Ruckus NYC Concert Videos!

We've been hard at work, and now they're ready: 16 videos from the Ruckus NYC concert.

Check them out. They're awesome. We've got rock bands, chamber music, animated films, and more. 

This playlist is in show order, so it starts quiet, but ends huge. Be sure to check out the later videos!

Relive as much of the show as we can reasonably put on YouTube. There are always some restrictions, and some benefits to showing up live :-), but we've published everything we can.

We spent the day discussing our careers, and how we build audiences for our art. But we didn't want to do all that without making art for you, the people who made Ruckus NYC possible.

Thank you.

Special thanks to Zach Herchen, who did complicated spectral things to our audio, to Victoria Nece, who edited and polished much of the footage, and to Nick Fox-Gieg, who's responsible for the crazy live animation behind our musicians.

And enjoy the show.

-Kevin Clark, Zach Herchen, and Victoria Nece

Conference Videos - early access

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Thank you.

Dear Backers,

Thank you. A million times thank you. Yesterday was amazing, and you made it happen. Ruckus NYC was filled with smart discussion, practical advice, and the detailed experiences of artists in the new economy. I don't know anyone who didn't leave inspired by the discussion. It's tweets like this one that remind us why we gave two months of our lives to make this happen.

The evening concert had it all - films, comedy, and a ton of different music from amazing performers in so many different styles. One backer, not an artist himself, said that he was glad he'd heard all of the different acts, and that he would never have heard any of them by himself. Another backer has spent the day listening to everything our musicians have available online.

We didn't just talk about audience development yesterday, we did it.

I want to specially thank Zach Herchen and Ian Richter, two saxophone playing recording engineers who sound checked nine acts in two hours with patience, competence, and a lot of sweat. Thank you. We all owe you one.

Thanks to your support, we have more than $1500 to use to pay artists. Paying artists is incredibly important to us. Thank you for making it possible. If you want to see where your money is going, you can look at every detail of our budget.

Below is a photo of New Morse Code playing last night, with live animation being projected behind them by Nick Fox-Gieg. You can see more photos and tweets on our Splash That page, including ink paintings of the show by Janet Brusselbach. You can watch the low res video of the concert right now on livestream. High quality edited videos of each act are coming, but that's a lot of work, so you'll have to sit tight.

If you want to continue our discussion about artists and their careers, talk to us on twitter or tumblr. We care about this stuff, and we're not stopping.

Ruckus NYC was amazing. Once again, thank you for making it happen.

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Ten Tickets Away

Dear Backers,

Thank you again for being part of Ruckus NYC. We’re working very, very hard this week to make sure that Saturday is amazing. As of now, we’re just about ten tickets away from reaching our Kickstarter goal, and I know we can make it.

Yesterday was a big day for getting the word out about Ruckus NYC. The Huffington Post tweeted about us, Techdirt blogged about us, Tumblr tweeted about us, Mike Roderick blogged about us at One Producer In The City, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN published their interview with us, and even the String Orchestra of Brooklyn blogged about us, not to mention the amazing outpouring of social media love from everyone involved.

It’s also been great for me to hear how excited all the speakers and performers are. We’ve finalized a lot more details of our conference schedule and concert lineup in the last few days, and it’s getting very, very exciting.

We still have a few more sponsored tickets available for artists who need help (just email me at kevin.ef.clark at gmail dot com).

We have 36 hours to go - Let’s put this campaign over the top, and spend Saturday helping artists build their careers, and putting on one amazing show!

And, once again, THANK YOU!

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Sponsored Tickets and Publishing our Budget

Dear Backers,

We’re coming to the end of our Kickstarter campaign this Wednesday. Ruckus NYC is only one week away and we have a ways to go to meet our goal. So we’re doing two things. First, we’re releasing a group of sponsored tickets for people who need help to attend Ruckus NYC.

$75 is cheap for a conference, but it can be a lot for an independent working artist, and we built Ruckus NYC for working artists. We have a limited number of tickets available, which will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please email Kevin at kevin.ef.clark (at) gmail (dot) com if you need one. If you receive a sponsored ticket, we would be grateful if you would back the project to the extent you can.

If you want to donate more tickets to artists who need them, simply back the Kickstarter project at the appropriate level. $75 for one, $150 for two, or $500 for up to ten.

Second, we’re publishing the budget for Ruckus NYC. This isn’t a cleaned up public budget, or a financial statement. We’re publishing exactly where the money is going, what’s already been spent, and what we’ve got left to share with everyone who needs to be paid. And we’re going to continue to update the budget as we get through the conference.

We’re doing this for two reasons. First, Ruckus NYC is about how to run an arts career, and event budgeting is part of that. We can be better at what we’re doing by publishing this. Second, $5,000 is a lot of money for independent artists, and by running Ruckus NYC, and doing it on Kickstarter, we’re not just asking for your money. We’re asking for your trust.

We’re releasing our budget because you deserve to know where every penny is going. Here’s the link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsNxUA39-QbldEQ1VXAwUWx2RVNVanpYY0F6QWUyMUE

Lastly, and most importantly, thank you.

Thank you for taking this journey with us. Thank you for helping us help working artists, and for helping us make art. Thank you for believing that Ruckus NYC can be a great event, and for coming out on September 29th to make sure that it is one.

This wouldn’t be possible with your help.

-Kevin, Zach, and Victoria

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