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Could Kickstarter Be Better Than Government Grants for Artists?

Fascinating piece about Kickstarter (which I also mention in Funding for Creation and Innovation in an IP-Free World; see also Examples of Ways Content Creators Can Profit Without Intellectual Property):

Could Kickstarter Be Better Than Government Grants for Artists?

Artist Molly Crabapple has just been given $17,000 to lock herself in a paper-covered room for five days and make art until the walls are covered.

But that sum didn’t come from the National Endowment for the Arts or a wealthy patron; Crabapple, like many in her subversive art-making shoes, turned to Kickstarter to find funding for the stunt.In her Kickstarter proposal, she outlined the basic premise of the project, dubbed “Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell.” Anyone who donated a dollar to the effort would get to watch a live stream of the whole five-day shebang. Anyone who pledged $10 or more would get to name an animal for inclusion in the artwork; donations of $20 or more would get an actual piece of the ink-filled paper sent to them. And backers who fronted $1,000 or more would get an absinthe-infused lunch with the artist.

Crabapple set a $4,500 fundraising goal; so far, the total raised is $17,000 — enough to make a short film about the project, which Crabapple says will debut online shortly after Crabapple’s Week in Hell wraps.

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(h/t Geoff Plauche)

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  • Crosbie Fitch June 18, 2011, 11:27 am

    When you can no longer sell your work to a publisher for a percentage of their profits on sale of copies that cost nothing for anyone to make at monopoly protected prices you have to sell your work to your audience directly. This has been glaringly obvious to me for a decade. Trouble is, I have to wait for everyone else to realise how obvious this is because until that point they think I’m talking gobbledygook.

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