Kickstarter. What an incredible idea!
I’m so in love with this concept I hardly know where to start. I just heard about Kickstarter a couple of weeks ago, when I got an e-mail from my friend Jesse. I knew he’d been involved in making a movie recently, and it had seen some success, yet had a limited release. Now he and his partners wanted to spread the word, and hopefully get themselves in the black. A DVD release seemed the answer…but where would they get the money Jesse’s e-mail explained it all: how they could get their DVD seed money of $10,000, and how I could be their angel. It was all about Kickstarter.com.
When you need money for a creative project, go to this website, and fill out a proposal to start your fundraising. Set giving levels, offer rewards to donors, make your dream sound irresistible. Set a time limit: folks pledge their support, and if the goal is not reached, the money is never collected. *
As I look on the home page, there are some incredible projects that need our help: a design studio that came up with edible cups for a Jell-O mold competition now want to bring this sustainable invention to the world. They’re looking for $10,000. A woman plans to buy a used truck and make it a mobile print shop, crossing the country and teaching her craft. A New Orleans street band is trying to produce an album: you can pledge as little as one dollar to these guys, but if you give them $10, you’ll get a CD when it’s done.
Kickstarter calls itself “a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.” Will I start a new project of my own on Kickstarter in 2011? I have no idea right now. But I do plan to make it a website I visit often this coming year, and I hope to give (even if it’s a tiny amount) to lots of creative people who need a little help from their friends – and some friends they’ve never met.
Oh, and as for Jesse? They passed their $10,000 goal, and for the $30 I donated, I’ll get a DVD of the film – and I’ll be listed in the credits!
Toss a coin in someone’s e-wishing well.
*If the goal is met, Kickstarter charges a 5% fee of the funds raised. Amazon also charges a credit card processing fee.