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Crowdfunding: a capital idea for commercial theatre

Crowdfunding: a capital idea for commercial theatre

Matt Trueman | theguardian. | 25 February 2014 – Got a tenner to spare? Forget buying a ticket – these days, producers want you to invest in a West End show. Reckon you can tell a Wicked from a Which Witch? It might be time to put your money where your mouth is. The West End is turning to crowdfunding and it’s looking for a new breed of backer. “Theatre is normally quite an expensive investment,” says commercial producer John Brant. “It generally starts from £5,000 or £10,000 up, which obviously rules out quite a lot of people.” Bant and his co-producer Gavin Kalin are seeking…

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And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

For a nice change of pace, here’s an innovation in education that’s got absolutely nothing to do with iPads. A group called Seekers Unlimited is trying to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to release a series of “edu-LARPs.” That would be educational live action role-playing games. “You might think of it as re-enactors with foam swords, but there’s much more to it than that,” says the organization’s fundraising coordinator, Whitney Beltran, in an accompanying video. The explainer shows kids in Babylonian headdresses adjudicating according to the Code of Hammurabi, which sounds like a great way to turn a playground into Lord of the Flies but hey, whatever gets them reading. Or, as…

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New Crowdfunding Film Society bolsters aspiring filmmakers

New Crowdfunding Film Society bolsters aspiring filmmakers

So you’re all excited about crowdfunding your first/dream/calling-card film project via Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. But you’re not Zach Braff, and you’re definitely not “Veronica Mars.” In fact, once you’ve reached out to all the friends, relatives and colleagues willing to donate some bucks, how on earth are you going to reach and impress the total strangers you might need to make your goal amount (and if you don’t, in most cases, you’ll never see a cent) in the allotted campaign period? The Crowdfunding Film Society may have the answer for that and many other questions about the process. Still in its nascent stages, the organization was…

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Crowdfunding makes its way to Broadway

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When Jeff Bowen’s off-Broadway musical “Now. Here. This.” closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. A recording would be both a great marketing tool and a souvenir. But “Now. Here. This.” wasn’t a blockbuster Broadway show, and it had already ended its run. Major record labels weren’t exactly beating a path to his door to get it recorded. So Bowen, who starred in the show as well as wrote the songs and lyrics, turned to the show’s fans…

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