Unbound: World’s 1st Crowdfunding Publisher

 

In 2015, we published  our article 50 Crowdfunding Platforms for Artists  which our readers shared to Facebook 89 times and also shared and discussed in several LinkedIn groups. Since then, some of those crowdfunding sites have disappeared and others launched.

A new crowdfunder that may be of interest to artists seeking new ways to fund their practice is called Unbound– the world’s first crowdfunding publisher. They turn your great ideas into books and you can use their platform to fund and publish your print or digital book.

Unbound books is based in London, England, and as they describe on their site– “114,635 people from 170 countries have pledged £3,754,962 to fund 220 projects – and counting – from bestsellers to award-winners.”

Unbound seems to like the fresh new idea, the unconventional–from the successfully funded and published Empire of Booze by Henry Jeffreys, to an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain, to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve never heard of, to the art and artful idea. Perhaps your’s is their next big one.
Find out how Unbound crowdfunding works here.
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Crowdfunding Resources: SchmoozBiz! + CrowdFunding Backers + Crowdfunding Reviews

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Last month we shared our list of 50 Crowdfunding sites for Artists here, so you have plenty of to choose from.

Before launching your crowdfunding campaign you can start expanding your social reach by joining LinkedIn groups and by growing your Facebook and Twitter followers.

Once you have launched your crowdfunding campaign you can find backers and supporters on a new platform called SchmoozBiz! and in the new LinkedIN groups CrowdFunding Backers and Crowdfunding Reviews!

Sign up to ShmoozBiz! and start making requests to friend others within the community. The site has a lot of interesting features, including forums and a marketplace which are all free.

Managing a crowdfunding campaign is a lot of work. But, now we are seeing more groups, forums and platforms where you are welcome to promote your campaign.

If you know of others, please feel free to share in a comment. Thanks!

Our New Visual Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund Campaign

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Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund–let’s give artists what they need–time, funding, visibility–

Normally, we spring fully developed programs on our readers. But with this one, we are letting you in on the project and getting feedback as the project develops.

There is no shortage of artists around the world who would love to receive funding for exhibitions. There are many exhibition spaces who want to work with us, as well, so that we can assist artists to successfully show in their programs. The need is clear and present and made apparent to us daily.

There is much to be done. Guidelines and procedures need to be discusses, drafted and put into place within our project plan.

The first action phase of this new scholarship program is fundraising. We need donors, supporters and backers to create the scholarship fund. To  support our scholarship campaign click here.

Help us get the ball rolling!

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We’re using the Megafounder platform that takes 0% of funds raised and allows for an ongoing campaign with no all-or-nothing goal amount to set and reach, and no ending deadline date. We expect such lack of restrictions to allow our project to evolve, change and mature. Your web and mobile donations to our scholarship fund are processed via Stripe, which accepts payments from users globally in 139 currencies.

Artists around the world need support. Our new scholarship has no geographic restrictions. We understand, that in the Bahamas, where one Bahamian dollar equals one US dollar, there may be less need. But in Argentina, where it takes $8.52 Argentine Pesos to equal one US dollar– ( The currency symbol for the Argentine Peso is the dollar sign the same as it is for the US dollar)–the un-equal currency exchange rate my cause hardships. If an artist in Argentina wishes to participate in an online US-based exhibition opportunity that requires a submission fee of say $35.00 US dollars, the artist will have to pay $298.20 Pesos to participate.  In the Czech republic it takes $22.34 CZK or Kruna to equal one US dollar. So that $35.00 fee comes to $781.90 CZK. Both relatively large amounts of money in those countries. Perhaps you’ve never consider this before, but now you get the idea of how even paying a relatively small amount in US dollars can be a huge limiting factor to artists outside the US wishing to gain more international visibility.

The goal of our scholarship fund is to remove limiting fee obstacles for artists. With this new scholarship fund we will use monies raised to pay the exhibition fee for a select number of international artists, as well assist artists with promotional and other expenses.

Artist Marketing Resources will be administrating this new scholarship fund for visual artists, working in conjunction with ArtWorld and Exhibitions Without Walls.  We will offer a portion of our scholarship fund to cover the submission fees for a limited number of photographers and digital artists wishing to submit their art for online exhibitions with Exhibitions Without Walls. The scholarship fund also seeks to assist artists working in all media to exhibit in a physical gallery space in Amsterdam, New York City, and other locations via the ArtWorld exhibition projects. There are no fees to exhibit with the ArtWorld exhibition program.

We understand that some artists may be unable to participate due to the expenses to ship their artwork to gallery spaces and to travel to attend the exhibition to meet with gallerists and collectors. The goal of the scholarship fund is to provide needed assistance to artists.

As we said, the first phase of this new scholarship program is to raise funds. Help support artists here.

Once a balance of funds is available we will begin administering payments for artists as these funds allow. Follow this blog for updates and calls to artists for future funding opportunities.

Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund.

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Kiss Kiss Bank Bank Crowd Funding Platform Funds Creative and Innovative Projects and People

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Kiss Kiss Bank Bank is one of the world’s leading sites for creative project crowd funding.  Kiss Kiss Bank Bank is an alternative space dedicated to creativity– artists, inventors, explorers, filmmakers, designers–your project will find a place on KissKissBankBank. The site is in French and English. You don’t have to live in France, or be French-Canadian to use the site. If you have a command of French or can get the English version of your project text translated into French, this may be a new platform to try.

One artist’s project seeking crowd funding for equipment for a print workshop has raised over one thousand Euros.

 

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Are you an artist with a project in mind? Are you broke? You qualify for the new Artpreneurs!

theArtpreneurs is a new crowd funding site for artists!

I love the graphic on the Artpreneurs site–Are you an artist? Do you have a new project in mind? Art you broke? You qualify!

Start your new campaign today.

 

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Find many more crowd funding sites as an added feature on our list of 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art.

Fund Your Next Project Now Via USA Projects

Dear Artists,

You are invited  to participate in USA Projects, an online fundraising platform dedicated to supporting artists. USA Projects is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Why fundraise on USA Projects?

• Receive 1-on-1 guidance, training and support throughout your fundraising campaign with an Artist Relations Specialist.

• Tax-deductibility for every donor, meaning bigger donations on average ($124) for your project.

• USA Projects has a 75% success rate, with almost 5 Million dollars raised thus far.

Get started. Enroll now at www.usaprojects.org

Deadline: Sat Aug 31st, 2013

Be Part of the Constantly Consuming Culture Art Show Now Nearly Funded

Space may be available in the show he is producing, says Patrick Ogle,who is planning a series of art exhibits in Chicago and Miami

“Also here is an interview with me going into more detail on what this is?”  bit.ly/11bao6d  “I really need help with the last push!”

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His Kickstarter project is nearly funded  kck.st/18pQFpe  Patrick says, ” it is my kickstarter for an art show sponsored by my website.”

http://youtu.be/hKgVav1Ugfw

Dynomighty Artist Collective Beta Site Combines Crowdfunding + Art Licensing + Social Media

DYNAMIGHTY   Artist Collective Beta site challenges you to create your own Might Wallet design and share it with your community.  If you can pre-sell 30 wallets in 30 days, they will make a full production run of your wallet design to sell and send you 15% of the sales.

It’s a great way to promote your work, your ideas and yourself. No contests,and  no jury. The most successful designs are slated to become the future wholesale line of Dynomighty products sold in over 60 countries around the world.

Artist PR Opportunities to Be Almost Famous

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Artists often ask “How do I get more exposure for my work?” –beyond sharing on my blog and on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others.

So here are 4 of the more unusual places to uncover opportunities for media coverage and PR help.

1.  Follow PublicSeek on Twitter to get media coverage opportunities. Every day, Publiseek gives thousands of people around the world the chance to be covered on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and on blogs. If you are interested in getting some free media coverage–go to the Publiseek site to get started: http://www.publiseek.com/

2. HARO– or Help A Reporter Out–What they are looking for are experts. When a news story requires expert opinions you could be contacted and receive free press coverage–the trick is listing out your expertise so that a reporter will contact you for an interview.  http://www.helpareporter.com/

3.  PN Promotions Social Media Services can get you 10,000 website visitors for $35.00, 25,000 visitors for $53.00 etc  http://pnpromotions.blogspot.com/

4. Like Kickstarter, RocketHub is a crowdfunding platform. What makes RocketHub a little different is that they offers further opportunities to those who have successfully funded their projects in their program called  LaunchPad Opportunities.

For their recent LaunchPad Opportunity: Be Almost Famous, RocketHub offered artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, theatre producers, designers, and other Creatives the opportunity to work with a top NYC publicist, Arien Rozelle. Arien has landed clients in The New York Times, Thrilllist, and Good Magazine. At the close of 2010, she was named one of “New York’s Top PR Firms and People: The Most Influential and Connected” by Marketing Company Sparkah.com. The winning submission to this LaunchPad received a consultation with Arien and the FeelingAnxious PR team. View the submission selected for the Be Almost Famous LaunchPad Opportunity here.

Guitar Player: Publicly Funded Film

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Guitar Player–A crowdfunded feature film

I was asked to write and post an article to help promote this Kickstarter project to raise funds for a film. The Director of this movie believes that the best way to share this information about his project is by asking bloggers to post about it.

Guitar Player is a feature film about a homeless street performer who has been given a second chance, but struggles with his painful past. Guitar Player is a film about why people do what they do. This film questions fate, destiny and redemption.

The funds to produce the movie Guitar Player are being raised in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. There are many unique aspests to this film, the director, and the Kickstarter perks for those who kick-in. Some donors may be extras in the film Guitar Player, while others will be able to hang-out on the set, attend the Hollywood premier, or even see their names in the film credits as producers.

Half of all the profits from the film will go to help the homeless.

The film has already received many donations, but the goal must be met by October 21st.

All are invited to make a pledge to fund the film and get awards for their pledges.

Crowdfunding Resource List

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Artist, Ivana Rezek is seeking Crowdfunding  for a collaborative performance in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and offering DVDs, photos and artwork as a reward 🙂 http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Return-a-collaborative-performance-by-Bosnian-Croatian-and-US-artists
Five creative people have contacted me recently about Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites.
I have put together a share list of 12 Crowdfunding resources. If you know of other such sites, please leave the name or link in a comment.
To view the Crowdfunding hot-linked list, go here: http://transmediartistmarketing.org/wordpress/sponsorships/