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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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Crowdfunding Friday: Gerry Anderson sci-fi and more

Crowdfunding Friday: Gerry Anderson sci-fi and more

It’s always great to see a crowdfunding project not only get the requisite backing, but also come to fruition so successfully. The 25th September saw the launch of A Brief History Of Time Travel, the six-part audio sitcom written by Seb Patrick and James Hunt (whose names may sound familiar thanks to their fine pieces of work for this very website).   Having exceeded their £3,000 goal by more than two grand late last year, the project was put into production, with the distinctive tones of Robert Llewellyn providing the voice of the Narrator, and Jon Shaw, Henry Imbert, Joanna Eliot and Ian Symes cast as the members of…

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How to crowdfund an Edinburgh show, theater & drama projects

How to crowdfund an Edinburgh show, theater & drama projects

With fringe costs rising, many companies are crowdfunding to cover them – three groups reveal what works (and doesn’t) I Could’ve Been Better by Idiot Child – on target “The economics of the Edinburgh fringe are terrifying and our initial joy at being asked to perform our show, I Could’ve Been Better, was soon tempered by the realisation that we might have to sell a lung each to get there. We’re an emerging company with a very small bank balance and there are very few grants for productions at the fringe. None of us are wealthy and mum still hasn’t won the lottery. Having helped fund a few…

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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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