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Could crowdfunding produce A&E’s next hit show?

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Crowdfunding success no longer just means financial backing. A&E’s partnership with RocketHub could mean it comes with advertisers and free publicity, too. When more than 90,000 supporters helped to raise over $5.7 million last month on Kickstarter for a Veronica Mars movie, crowdfunding got a taste of what high-profile reputations can do. The campaign originally set out to raise a mere $2 million to fund a full-length film based on the long-canceled Warner Bros. television show, but the flood of financial support not only set Kickstarter records by hitting its funding goal in less than 11 hours, it also raised questions: When will other major entertainment…

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Sydney Dance Company turns to crowdfunding

Sydney Dance Company

The Sydney Dance Company is aiming to raise $100,000 to set up a scholarship. They hope the inaugural recipient of the A Year on the Wharf will be 19-year-old dancer Holly Doyle. The announcement. Sydney Dance Company and advertising agency The Works have turned to crowd funding to help keep talented young Australian dancer Holly Doyle doing what she loves – both in real life, and online – with sections of a specially choreographed dance only ‘unlocked’ once set donation targets are met. It is the latest phase of the ‘Keep Holly Dancing’ campaign that is trying to raise $100,000 to ensure the 19-year-old from Miranda…

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Amanda Palmer Addresses Crowdfunding Criticism in TED Talk

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer delved into the roots of her crowdfunding strategies earlier this week in a TED talk titled “The Art of Asking.” Recounting her days as a street performer and the twinge of shame she felt when people shouted at her to get a job, Palmer discussed how the couchsurfing she did while touring with the Dresden Dolls led to a broad network of people willing to contribute everything from food and shelter (and a neti pot) to stage equipment. “Couchsurfing and crowdsurfing are basically the same thing,” she said. “You’re falling into the audience and you’re trusting each other.” ) Palmer also talked about how…

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Art Beat: Bethel soap sisters hope Native art draws crowd-funding donors

Triplets, from left, Amy Sparck Dobmeier, Michelle Sparck, and Cika Sparck, who grew up in the Bethel area, have launched the cosmetics company ArXotica that uses wild harvested tundra botanicals in their break-out product, an anti-aging skin serum, called Quyung-lii.
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ArXotica, the Bethel-based bath and beauty company that uses materials gathered from the tundra, is trying to boost marketing of its soap outside the region with a crowd-funding quest at a site called Rock the Post. So far that’s a business story; the Daily News has covered the company in the past. What caught our eye were some of the gifts that go to donors at certain levels — like a doll by Francisca Brown of Eek, a grass basket by Agnes Dock, miniature kayaks by Andrew Abyo, men’s dance fans (which for some reason are harder to find than women’s fans), a woman’s headdress and…

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Crowdfunding Success Stories Include $35,000 for Sock Monkeys and $2,000 for a Dry Composting Toilet

Crowdfunding Success Stories Include $35,000 for Sock Monkeys and $2,000 for a Dry Composting Toilet

Social entrepreneurs of all varieties are turning to crowdfunding to launch or expand their social efforts; recently I’ve connected with five who have shared their stories of how they raised up to $100,000 each. Do Good Bus Tour, Las Vegas Rescue Mission Rebecca Pontius led the effort for an organization called the Do Good Bus to raise $100,000 on StartSomeGood to show people how to volunteer by taking them on a bus to volunteer all around the country. She said, “A friend and I had been volunteering in LA for the past ten years at a couple different organizations and consistently had friends ask, ‘How do…

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