Social Media: Kickstarter for Funding the Arts

Meet my friend, Bobby Sparks II. I’ve known Bobby since I was a kid running around in church while he was playing the organ for our church choir.  See, Bobby was a kid in someone’s class at the time, a prodigy who at 8-9 years old could play the organ with feeling, by ear and blow the roof off a church building.

Now Bobby is a seasoned Grammy winning musician who has decided to fund his first solo project using an awesome web service called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter touts itself as the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.  Kickstarter relies on the selling power of its project creators to inspire multiple donors to give to a project that moves them to do so. Kickstarter’s “all or nothing” approach insures that projects are only funded if all financial needs are met within the timeline to fully fund the project. In other words, if funding is not reached, no money is exchanged.

Bobby is attempting to raise $35,000 by December 10th to meet his project goals. Donors who support Bobby’s project can earn digital downloads, t-shirts, signed memorabilia, tickets to the album release party and the ultimate prize – a private in home concert in your house by Bobby and his entire band – travel not included.

The incentives are what keeps kickstarter going strong as money is not allowed to exchange hands in any way but incentives such as those above are provided to those kind enough to give.

Click HERE to view Bobby Sparks II Kickstarter page.

Watch Bobby’s Kickstarter video below as he pleads his case to potential donors.

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