Written by The Weekend Vote
Published: March 9, 2013 at 4:24 AM [UTC]
The Internet has opened a host of new ways for artists to connect with supporters, and one of the biggest trends in the past few years has been the crowd-funding of creative projects.
This has had major implications for musicians young and old. Increasingly, when a musician wants to create a new album, he or she will start a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Kickstarter, started in 2009, has allowed a good number of violinists to raise funding for albums and projects.
How does it work? In a nutshell, you come up with a project, make a budget, make an appealing video to sell people on your project, and if the project is 100 percent funded in a set amount of time, you get the money and do the project.
Here are some violin-related projects that have been funded through Kickstarter in the last few years:
Rachel Barton Pine's Mendelssohn and Schumann concerto album
Judy Kang's Solo album
"Prodigy," a short film about a girl's flights of imagination at her violin lesson, by Lisa Ford.
Javier Orman and Dúo del Sol's first album
Brooklyn Rider's album, "Seven Steps"
The Kréddle chinrest, an adjustable chinrest for violinists and violists.
Would you consider supporting a musician's Kickstarter campaign? Please vote, and share your thoughts on this trend.
(By the way, if you have a Kickstarter campaign going, you can mention it in the comments section of this blog. If you wish to write about a project on Violinist.com, here are Violinist.com's guidelines for doing so. One has to be careful, though, about "spamming" for financial support -- it's a very fine line!)
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There are a few other funding programs available on the internet, one of which is the Flexible funding campaign site indiegogo.com. With indiegogo, one is able to start a campaign from which all funds raised will be delivered whether or not the funding goal is reached.
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