Recently, I’ve supported a couple of projects on Kickstarter.com and I realized that it’s possible that many of you don’t even know what Kickstarter is.
Kickstarter is what is called “crowd-funding.” Simply put, inventors or artists or anyone with a dream can try to raise money for their dream via Kickstarter.com. They place the project online, and let people know how much money they are trying to raise. People can then donate to the project and help to make the project a reality. If enough money isn’t raised, then you aren’t charged a dime and project doesn’t get made.
I’ve helped two projects recently. One is for my favorite lounge music cover artist, Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine. Richard covers contemporary songs in a lounge style, and he’s quite funny as well. I’ve purchased all of his albums and even seen him in concert.
Well it takes money to make an album, and they weren’t sure they were going to be able to continue making music. So they decided to try to raise money on Kickstarter to pay for the recording of the new album. If you donated a small amount of cash to the cause, you would get the album, a little more and you would have it autographed all the way up to paying to get your name said in a track on the album. So you weren’t just donating, you were getting something back too. Needless to say, they raised enough money to make the album and I now have an autographed copy featuring awesome new lounge covers like Tik Tok, Like A G6, Boom Boom Pow and even Rebecca Black’s Friday.
The other project I donated to will probably get it’s own blog post because it’s a pretty cool new piece of tech, so I’ll hold off until then. That said, I wanted to clue everyone in on how cool Kickstarter is. Go check out the site, and you may be able to help some really cool ideas come to fruition.