Hey, we hear you and the short answer is we have!
Rope press has been a non-for-profit company since we incorporated our D.I.Y garden shed project back in August 2013 into a limited by gaurentee company. This means any 'profit' we make whether its a £1 or £1000 goes straight into making amazing arts projects and that is exactly what we have done.
We lived at home and started out with £500 from our student loans + grants and poured everything we had into making the business work. Over the past 3 years we have made lots of mistakes, seized wonderful opportunities and had great successes, discovering our business and strengths along the way.
It's taken 4 years for us to be able to put together £12,000 in cash for us to move into and afford our new premises and purchase some basic equipment for facilities but it has not been easy doing so, not paying ourselves for many years simply to make ends meet. But now the opportunity has come round and we're much older, stronger and after careful planning and consideration we are bringing this incredible opportunity to you.
We've crunched the math and at our current rate it could be another 10 years until we could raise the money we're looking for to bring this state of the art facility to you by ourselves.
10 years is simply to long for the creative public here in the region to wait. With only a few months passed we have already had loads of requests and interest in studios, exhibitions space hire, and facilities use! We need YOUR HELP to create these resource for everyone to use!
You have all vindicated our belief in that we as artists had thought all along that this city needs what so many other city have benefited from for so long!
We value our independence and we don't want to be tied to the bureaucracy of other institutions nor have to sacrifice our vision of what we're offering for outsider influence. Kickstarter does two great things, it's given us the opportunity to tell allot of people who we are, what we want to do for the community and why everyone is affected helping us reach more people we ever could on our own and build our audience.
It also offers us the chance to raise the money we need to make International New School a success, ten years faster thanks what we're capable to do on our own! So thats the reason, back us if you can and tell other why what we're doing it important.