Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Kickstarter School: Monday, 19 March 2012

Kickstarter School in St. Louis
Monday, March 19, 7 pm-9 pm


Bring your creative idea to life.
Join us as we explore Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter's own Stephanie Pereira leads off the evening with a presentation on how to bring your project to life. Learn how to structure a project, what kinds of rewards work best and other helpful tips and valuable stats. Next
we'll take a more detailed look at the anatomy of a successful project. Nicole Hollway (Storycube Sukkah), James McAnally (The Luminary Center for the Arts) and Bryan Walsh (The Screwed Arts Collective) will share their experiences using the Kickstarter platform. The evening will end with a reception.

Stephanie Pereira is Kickstarter's Director of Art Programs. She has spent the last 10 years working with artists and arts organizations to catalyze creative communities through both on- and offline engagement. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. in Visual Art from Mason Gross School for the Arts.

About Crowd Funding
Crowd Funding (sometimes called crowd financing) harnesses the enthusiasm and pocket money of virtual strangers. It supports a variety of purposes ranging from disaster relief to citizen journalism and from providing capital for start-up companies to helping artists, musicians and filmmakers fund their projects by getting many people to make modest donations.

Kickstarter is one of several crowd funding platforms. It works like this: You must apply to Kickstarter in order to have your project posted on the site. Campaigns are expected to offer "rewards" to contributors, such as a listing in your film's credits or a free CD. You choose a deadline and a target minimum of funds to raise. If the chosen target is not gathered by the deadline, no funds are collected. Kickstarter takes 5% of the money raised; Amazon, which processes payments, charges an additional 3% to 5%. Kickstarter has hosted more than 13,000 successful campaigns since its launch in 2009.

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar
(Park behind the Pageant)


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