April 29, 2013

Laughspin: Kickstarter abuse - Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?

(Many comedians & artistic types in the Chicago creative scene like to use websites like Kickstarter to raise funds for pet projects, but should millionaires really be using Kickstarter too? The following is an intro and link to a great Laughspin.com article exploring exactly that issue.)

Kickstarter is amazing. It’s especially amazing for industrious, talented artists who lack the connections and capital usually needed to realize their dreams. In fact, it’s been a pleasure recently to see photographer Seth Olenick’s book of comedian portraits, comedian Sue Costello’s one-woman show and an interactive eBook about late comedian Robert Schimmel reach their fundraising goals. I’m looking forward to seeing the final products of each.

If you are somehow not fully familiar with Kickstarter, allow me to explain: Kickstarter is a crowd-funding service wherein a project creator asks the site’s users to give a few bucks (or more) so that they can create something. In return for receiving donations, the creator dishes out increasingly exciting and valuable rewards based on the amount a backer gives. Only if the project is fully funded does the creator get his or her seed dough. If the goal isn’t reached, backers keep their money. Like I said, amazing.

As is the case with all amazing things, however, there comes abuse. And Kickstarter abuse has become increasingly bothersome and offensive. By my definition, a Kickstarter abuser is a well-known person who has the financial means and/or professional connections to fully fund their project without asking their fans for money but asks anyway.

Click here to read full article @ Laughspin.com