Are you sitting on a project you’ve created but don’t have the funding? Are you passionate about a cause and want to get your friends, your blog readers or social network connections involved? Well the time has come and there are plenty of crowd-funding platforms to help make your dreams a reality.
Last September for her 50th birthday, Colleen Wainwright aka The Communicatrix, decided to do something different. She set out to raise $50,000 for WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization for high school girls focused on the art of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. Colleen said that if the goal was met, she would shave her head. And that she did!
“If you want to change the world, you help girls, said Colleen. “Mastering the ability to write opens doors, builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and increases a girl’s chance of earning a living for herself and changing the world for present and future generations.”
I asked Colleen to talk about her fund raising project in the video above. To learn more about Colleen’s project for Write Girls go here: Indiegogo/50for50
Last week, Seth Godin launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $40,000 for his new book The Icarus Deception. Seth said that he wanted to show his publisher, the bookstores and anyone who is writing a book that it’s possible to start a project with the support of a crowd funding platform such as Kickstarter. Seth’s goal was to raise $40,000 and as of today (June 24 at 6:30 pm PT) he has raised more than $232,499! The Wall Street Journal article notes that this “experiment” demonstrates a significant shift in the publishing industry. Seth’s Kickstarter campaign eliminates much of the uncertainty for publishers and book sellers — it removes the risk for them. We get to watch this shift happen in real time.
Seth says The Icarus Deception is his most personal book yet. It will be a statement about the changes in the connection economy, encouraging artists to face their fear and their art, and to make a difference doing work that matters.
Amanda Palmer shattered Kickstarter campaign records for crowd-funding musicians. Amanda reached her initial goal of $100,000 in seven hours, and her presale total has climbed to more than $730,000! Check out the MP3 for “Do It with a Rockstar.” Amanda spent four years writing songs for her new record after splitting with a major record label. Check out her video to learn about her project and read about her success here.
We are in a revolution! We are the new economy!
What do you think about getting your art (your book, your play, your documentary, your album or whatever your form of art is) funded?
Ready, set, go – make your art and start a campaign!
To find out more about Kickstarter go here. Kickstarter currently support projects in the categories of Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater. You can scroll through successful projects here.
Check Indiegogo to find out how to fund your special cause.