If you’re an independent artist, making money can be a challenge.
Doing what you love rocks, but there must be a way to make rent at the same time.
With the advent of Kickstarter and other “crowdfunding” sites, the internet is now host to many places where you can get donors for your creative endeavors.
In fact, “crowdfunding” raised $2.7 billion across the globe in 2012. An 81 percent increase from the previous year. We’ve already covered places to sell your homemade crafts online. Now it’s time for sites that help you raise money while you’re still in the creative process.
1. Feed The Muse
If you’ve got a dream, but need money to make it a reality, Feed The Muse is for you. For artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and even teachers trying to impact the community, this site is all about building a fan base and letting them feel like they’re a part of your innovative enterprises. Once you created a profile, you consolidate your fundraising efforts so your followers can read about donor benefits, find links to your social media, and get info on your projects all in one place. It also lets coordinate and send a pitch to your friends, fans, and family over all your social networks. Cost: Free to sign up, transaction fees are 10 percent.
- Click here to learn more- http://www.feedthemuse.net/howitworks.php
Patreon is like a godsend for artists that put out work on a regular basis. Created by Jack Conte—musician and one half of the YouTube sensation Pomplamoose—it’s no surprise that it works. Conte has always been an innovator when it comes to connecting with fans and funding his work in transparent ways. Rather than pledging money for one large venture, donors subscribe and automatically give money each time an artist puts out new work. Users can also put a max on the amount they supply per month so they don’t spend more than they bargained for. Cost: Free to create a profile, 3 percent fee for credit card transactions and 5 percent fee for back end support once you start making money.
- Click here to learn more- http://www.patreon.com/about
Makers of movies, episodic television, webisodes, and comedy specials will find a happy home in Chill. A place for aspiring stars of the silver and TV screen. The biggest draw of Chill is that it puts your work in front of an audience while still allowing you to embed it on your own site with a custom video player.
Other than that, it has analytic tools, mobile support, social media marketing, and lets you upsell your merch.
Currently home to fledgling projects such as a Maria Bamford comedy special, documentary about YouTubers, and a sequel to Birdemic—the cult classic, low-budget movie about bad special effect eagles wreaking havoc on humanity. Why not add your big idea to the mix? Cost: There is no cost upfront to join Chill. Whether or not is takes a percentage after earning is unclear on the website. (But most crowdfunding sites do.)
Got some guitars, long-haired musicians, a few gigs, and want to take it to the next level? SellaBand can help you get there with tools geared toward raising funds for album releases, concerts, and fan products. A self-proclaimed “alternative to the music industry”, SellaBand supports artists through its strong community of music lovers. It doesn’t screen applicants and allows any artist to sign up. SellaBand also offers third party solution services (promotion, CD printing, etc.) for those wanting to invest some more money and take their efforts to the next level. Cost: It’s free to join. There is a transaction/administrative fee once you start raising funds. It does not specify how much.
- Click here to learn more- http://support.sellaband.com/entries/168648-believers-f-a-q
Gamers need love too, and Gambitious is here to give it to them. It’s hard to produce independent games, and even harder to get investors. (Banks don’t give out many loans for video games.) This makes Gambitious is a good alternative for edgy or unknown projects that might not get funding otherwise. Much like Kickstarter, people can pledge money and get rewards. No developer is paid in full until the goal is complete. Gambitious also offers direct investments in equity for people looking for more ambitious ways to get involved. Cost: Free to join, 2.5 percent transaction fee.
- Click here to learn more- http://gambitious.com/faqs
Any app developer should be sure to check out appbackr, a site that aims to fix funding and distribution problems faced by the app developers of today. App developers join the site and pitch their app (which do not have to be live at the time). A backer (called a “Backr”) will purchase a bunch of apps from a developer and then sell them on the marketplace. The developer will get paid after they sell on the mobile app store. Since it’s hard to make money off an app unless you end up on a top ten list, this is another way of getting your product out there. You must be a licensed app developer for Android or Apple to use appbackr. Anyone can become one, and while the process does take time and money, it is very doable. Cost: appbackr is free to join. Backrs get a certain percentage of the profits which is explained here.
- Click here to learn more- http://www.appbackr.com/learnMore
Other General Purpose Crowdfunding Sites:
- RocketHub- Click here.
- Indiegogo- Click here.
- 33needs- (for nonprofits), Click here.
- GoFundMe- Click here.
Let’s Hear From You! Have you used crowdfunding sites to bankroll your art? What’s worked for you? Leave a comment below!