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Re: “Lines Vermont Opens Studio for Adult Dancers

So proud of you, Megan. I can't wait to take a class!

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Posted by Erin Kranichfeld on 06/12/2019 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Vermonters Rattle the Virtual Tin Can to Kickstart Creativity

To push back gently on the idea that Kickstarter has under-delivered in its promise to support new artistic voices without big recognition, high level stats are:

Across all categories on Kickstarter, 16 million people have backed a project on the site, making 52 million pledges. Of the 16 million who have backed a project, 5.2 million have donated to more than one campaign. Overall, Kickstarter backers have pledged 3.7 billion ($4.15bn) in funding for over successful 160,000 creative projects.

By far most successful projects are funded in the $1,000-$10,000 range; the average donation being $25-50. The projects being funded are not predominantly "big name" creatives either; they are folks who hustle for every dollar, many failing the first time and dedicating better resources (time and talent) to working social media channels and audience engagement to achieve success. While most Kickstarters still fail, their 37 percent success rate are good ones to beat.

In a recent talk at a games conference, a senior Kickstarter spokesperson noted that there had been 16,700 successful game projects alone, which in total had received 3.2 million backers.

The lesson? Kickstarter is also where you go to *build* your audience, not just harvest from them.

Games data:…
Kickstarter data:

Posted by PabloX on 04/08/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Intermedia Artist Pauline Jennings Critiques Human Impact on Earth

Hi, the filmmaker on this project was Jessica Gomula, with additional camera operation by Allen Hahn. Pauline Jennings was the choreographer and performer, as is stated in the films credits.

Posted by Jessica Gomula on 12/15/2018 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Exiting the Flynn Center, John Killacky Looks to the Future

to John Killacky
Thank you Thank you so many times over for making such an incredible different to my life and so many others. You are my hero! Carolyn

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Posted by Carolyn Bates on 06/28/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “John Dunlop Is Vermont's Busiest Cellist

Kudos to Amy for a great piece. Good to see such a treasure recognized. We've made many records together and John is the consummate pro with a great sense of humor to boot! Right on, John!

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Posted by Colin J. McCaffrey on 02/01/2018 at 4:20 PM

Re: “New Pro Company Ballet Vermont Makes an Entrance

Bravo! I am very excited to see this happening and cannot wait to watch Ballet Vermont grow. I look forward to the upcoming performances. I love an effort like this which blends art with ag. Genius!

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Posted by Amy Melissa Overstreet on 09/27/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Vermont Mozart Fest Promotes New Model, Young Players

Hi, my name is Doug DeVries, and I didnt get into YellowBarn.

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Posted by Doug DeVries on 07/26/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Vermont Mozart Fest Promotes New Model, Young Players

Sam Boutris here- I also didn't get into Yellow Barn.

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Posted by Samuel Philip Boutris on 07/26/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Vermont Mozart Fest Promotes New Model, Young Players

Hi. Sam Boutris here- I also didn't get into Yellow Barn.

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Posted by Samuel Philip Boutris on 07/26/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “BCO and Ray Vega Turn Up the Heat With Latin Jazz

Im so bummed that Ill be away for this incredible concert. Ray Vega is a genius! Dont miss this opportunity to hear the great musical collaboration, my friends!

Posted by vadvt1990 on 03/23/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Actor Rusty DeWees Performs in the Big House

Hi, Rusty!!Just reading some stuff on your entertainments.. I'm in Cavendish Vt. 1hr& 48min from Stowe. My kids love your show they had plan to see your show didn't make it.. I have one of your tapes.. wonderful dam "f" funny.. We are hick family.. Janet Rowe

Posted by Janet Cobb on 02/15/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “A South Burlington "Elvis" Leads a Parallel Life

Elvis in Bristol has been found. See

Posted by Peter Watts on 05/21/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “A Former Blue Man Takes New Role: College Professor

Yeah Issac, it is always exciting to here someone from Randolph that has seen a big part of the world come back and to give back that experience, as many in Vermont never leave the state their whole life time.
I find it very rewarding to have traveled around the world and to have the safety of Vermont to come back to!
Jim Sault
Randolph, VT

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Posted by Jim Sault on 11/05/2015 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Dance Preview: Hannah Dennison's 'Threads and Thresholds'

Beautiful, nicely done! Curious to see how audiences will respond...

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 06/18/2015 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Farm to Ballet Project Celebrates Vermont Agriculture

Check out for performance information and more.

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Posted by Katie E Decker on 06/10/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Insult Comedian Bianca Del Rio Comes to Stowe

Just got my ticket! Cannot wait to see Bianca!

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Posted by Lukas Condie on 01/15/2015 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Green Mountain Opera Festival Cancels Season

Very sorry to hear that such a staple of Vermont's community has to cancel its upcoming season. Like this article mentions, financial instability is a very-common issue this entire industry faces. As a member of Florida Grand Opera's administration team, I just want to clarify that FGO is NOT in any danger of forfeiting its 74th season. All of the operas for the 2014-15 season (our 74th season) are scheduled and will be performed as planned. Our current "Say YES! to Opera, South Florida" comprehensive campaign is to ensure the performance quality of FUTURE seasons.

Posted by Brittany Mazzurco on 12/01/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Key Performers: Sizing Up Local Venues' Grand Pianos

I had the unique experience of selecting a Steinway B, 7-foot grand at the Queens factory in 1980 for my former Burlington recording studio, White Crow. Only one person per day is allowed into the factory for the piano selection process. (It only applies to their 7 & 9-foot pianos.) I was ushered into a room with four identical pianos from which to choose from. At the time, my playing was more in the singer-songwriter vein than classical pianist. It's a tricky decision because a piano can change significantly during its first year, as it adjusts to its environment.

When I purchased my piano in 1980, it was during Steinway's all-time low in manufacturing quality. This was partly to blame on CBS' ownership of the company. The metal plate inside the piano was embarrassingly shoddy, and the factory manager even admitted so. A few years prior to this, Steinway had to close their Queens foundry due to pollution issues and thereafter were dependent on a foundry in Ohio. But even with these lapses in manufacturing quality, a Steinway still sounded better than its Asian competition because many years ago Steinway discovered an ideal stringing architecture, and they still hold the patents on it.

Posted by An Original on 07/31/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “An Aphasia Choir in Burlington

Thank you for sharing this article and about this group. I am challenged by a different condition of the brain than these brave human beings, but I appreciate the support that is being shown.

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Posted by Ethan Rogati on 06/12/2014 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Key Performers: Sizing Up Local Venues' Grand Pianos

Fascinating article, Amy. Performing piano chamber music in our area is particularly challenging. The string or wind players are often playing on exquisite instruments with which they are intimately acquainted. It is important that the pianist be given an equally high level instrument on which to rehearse and perform. At the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in August each summer, we deal with this issue by renting a concert grand from Steinway in NYC. This puts our pianist on the same footing instrument-wise as our other players. Not only are the instrumentalists happy, but our audiences love the sound as well. Of course, this adds considerably to the costs of putting on our Festival!

Posted by Jody Woos on 05/08/2014 at 8:12 AM

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