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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.

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

Re: “Artist Susan Calza Opens a New Montpelier Gallery With a Bang

Congrats Susan!

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Posted by PabloX on 01/10/2019 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Stuck in Vermont: Photographer Matthew Thorsen Gets the Last Word

A lovely, honest piece. Thank you Eva, Seven Days and team.

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Posted by PabloX on 01/03/2019 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Annie Myers Brings Vermont Products to the Big City

GREAT article! Now, how can we build these platforms for out-of-state distribution in the creative industries -- from the visual arts to digital content?

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Posted by PabloX on 04/12/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Family Foundations in Vermont Quietly Manage Vast Holdings

Added to this list -- as a footnote anyway -- could be the donor advised funds under management at the Vermont Community Foundation.

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Posted by PabloX on 04/05/2018 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Walters: Ex-Freeps Editor Finds a Friend on Fox News

This is a pretty dishonest news story: neither of these correspondents acknowledges the journalist's "apocalypse" statement that triggered the whole thing. This was not a "question" but a prejudicial statement.

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Posted by PabloX on 01/12/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Election Got You Down? How About Some Porch Berries?

Watched every one of those, love 'em! Go Sam (and don't forget to vote!).

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Posted by PabloX on 11/05/2016 at 9:03 AM

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