Week 1 of the #SciFund Challenge!

Team RocketHub is proud to host the #SciFund Challenge: 49 scientists from around the world raising funds, and telling the stories of some very fascinating science projects. We went live last week - and what has happened since the launch has been kind of astounding. Within 24 hours all 49 #SciFund projects had raised some funds! The #SciFund Challenge whipped up a ton of internet juice, and got picked up in over a dozen press and blog posts (like BoingBoing and GeeksAreSexy). As of this writing, #SciFund Challenge has raised about $30,000 - plus some universities will be matching the project goal totals.  Mad props to Kelly Weinersmith, a PhD student at the University of California Davis who already exceeded her $3,500 campaign goal. Her project? Studying zombie fish, yes, zombie fish.  Pretty cool that for the first time in human history, science has the ability to be funded by “the people,” as opposed to endowments, wealthy patrons, or the government. Even cooler, through the #SciFund Challenge the public can get access to the excitement of making science. Here are a few other projects that are worth taking a look at - we will be highlighting more as The Challenge continues.  Communicating research as Beethoven suggested Improving vaccine delivery in East Africa Understanding the arms race between squirrels and snakes Congrats to all the scientists making history here and to all the Fuelers powering campaigns. More updates to come soon. -Brian

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  • November 7, 2011

Making a Canadian Album, Making Love in a Canoe

Making Love in Canoe is a revue of Canadian musical theatre that has been performed in Toronto, Stratford, and Regina. Featuring the music of 14 Canadian writers, Canoe entertains, touches, inspires, and informs, all in under 75 minutes. Led by Kyle Golemba and Adam White, this collective project has quickly made its mark and become a breakout hit on RocketHub. So I needed to talk to Kyle about his rapid success and enormous power of community. My best friend, Adam White, and I did a cabaret in Toronto five years ago as a way to keep feeling artistically inspired in a bit of a slump. We had such a terrific response that we ended up creating a series of cabarets that eventually spawned a revue of all-Canadian musical theatre called Making Love in a Canoe. We’ve had so much fun playing Canoe in various venues that we wanted to preserve the experience on an album. We didn’t think it would be possible at this stage in our journey, but a few stars aligned and led us to the right people and here we are! That’s quite a journey - what has your experience been as a crowdfunding pioneer in the world of cabaret music in Ontario - how are your supporters responding? The experience has been pretty fantastic! Over all, our supporters have reacted really positively to the page, saying that they really came away with a sense of who we are and what the project is all about. I think because we’ve been working on this show for years, we knew exactly how to present everything with a sense of our “brand.” Also, the fact that Canoe has a ‘track record’, so to speak, has helped people feel confident that they’re investing in something that will definitely manifest. Beyond having a track record and a bit of momentum - what other advice do you have to other RocketHub crowdfunders? Our goal was to have $3,500 by the end of October and we’re only $155 away from that…at the end of week one! The advice I’d give is to really mine the resources of the RocketHub blog. So many ideas came from there: the points to touch on in your description; reaching out to your ‘First Network’ before a wider launch; including video, audio, etc. right on the project page. Also, check out other Creatives’ projects. By reading others’ pages, I got a sense of what I responded to personally which sparked new ideas (particularly concerning rewards). Finally, get outside eyes to proofread before you publish! After staring at a computer screen for as many hours as you do creating a project…you need someone else to remind you that ‘companion’ doesn’t have two a’s. Wow - you really studied up! Congratulations on your succes. Join the fun. -Vlad

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  • November 3, 2011

RocketHub Film Success, Mohammad Maaty Premieres at HBO

Mohammad Maaty took RocketHub by storm, crowdfunding over $6,000 in a matter of weeks for his important short film. Now the film is complete and the RocketHub team had the honor of attending the premiere at the HBO theatre in midtown Manhattan. Afterwards, we caught up with Mohammad to get his thoughts on crowdfunding success, the filmmaking process, and the future of film. What was the biggest surprise challenge that came about during film production? The biggest surprise that came to me was the unabashed cooperation of New Yorkers on the subway during filming. Our cast and crew of nine would converge onto the last car of the Q train at 6 in the morning and give these sleepless New Yorkers a quick heads up that we were going to start filming in about 45 seconds. We told them all to feel free to take part and interact with the actors, but just asked that nobody look directly into the camera. To my surprise, about 90% of the takes had all most passengers really getting involved; offering the Chike Nwabukwu’s character Earl money as he limped his way past them—not once giving away the fact that we were shooting a film. I was struck by the dynamic and contrast of the seriousness of the film with the fun energy of the cast and crew - obviously this was a serious film, but it seemed like fun to make - can you elaborate on this dynamic? At the end of the day, it was the unparalleled dedication and motivation of the cast and crew that helped this intimidating challenge come to successful fruition. Since the subject matter is so bleak, we really needed to find the right group of people to help see it through while maintaining our positive energy and enjoyment. From our talented cast to our cinematographer and producers, everyone on board this production truly felt the same sense of urgency and importance toward the story we were trying to tell, and we all took a shared responsibility in seeing its production through to the end. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t notice the film was one take as I was watching it (and I went to film school) - I think this is a testament to how it was shot and blocked on the subway location. Do you think the film would have had the same impact if it were shot in a different style or location? From the moment I starting drafting the script for Sides of the Track, I knew that this had to take place on the subway, and it needed to be shot in a single take. That had already been decided in my mind, as there was no more compelling way for the story of Earl and Dina’s relationship to be told. The first real challenge - before the obvious obstacle of planning it - was convincing our team of producers that this was actually possible. It wasn’t just the fascination of shooting a scene on a live subway that appealed to me as a life-long New Yorker, the setting itself was essential to the story. What better way to illustrate the path we are on as a society - with the looming inevitability of our destination and the inability to “change course” once movement/ momentum is started- than on a subway line? The decision to do it all in one take just seemed like a no-brainer. In order for our message to be felt by our audience, the action unfolding between Brother Earl and Dina needed to be seamless. I wanted the audience to feel like they were literally sitting across from them on the subway, breaking the fourth wall, watching it all unfold before their eyes. I didn’t want a single cut to take them out of that. What’s next? Any new projects on deck? Well we’ve just launched our production company website munkytownproductions.com, where we aim to offer a creative approach to any type of film, videography or photography service in the greater New York City area. As far as the next project goes, my good friend George Perez (who executive produced Sides of the Track) is currently developing a TV series about life in NYC through the eyes of a child prostitute and has asked me on board to direct and edit the first trailer for it. I’m thrilled to take on the new challenge, as this is another important and ongoing issue in our society that seldom gets the attention from the media and authorities that it deserves. Any words of wisdom to other indie filmmakers? The best advice I can give is to echo the words of Quentin Tarantino. If you’ve developed a vision for a story you’re passionate about sharing with the rest of the world, stick to it and make it happen! Don’t let yourself get sucked into the anxieties of getting everything perfect, just dig your fingernails deep into the story and the pieces will all come together, trust me on that! Thank you Mohammad for inviting us to the premiere and for being a part of the RocketHub community. Keep up the good work! -Brian

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  • October 27, 2011

Queens-Based Inventor Crowdfunds Innovative Product

Mladen Lijesnic is a beloved Queens-based inventor and craftsman. His hard work and neighborly support has left a positive imprint on many of the most important venues in Queens, Brooklyn, and beyond - including Cranky*s Cafe and The Bedford restaurant. Over the past few years, Mladen has developed and patented an ingenius product. His idea is called 4LTX and it’s a radically simple bracket system. Mladen is utilizing RocketHub to crowdfund the first line of production to get 4LTX in to the world. 4LTX is inspired by modular furniture but what we designed is even better because we made connector/brackets that give you the freedom to make your own pieces or rearrange existing furniture. It is a simple strong solution. The Inventors Institute tested the 4LTX and the results were the “highest scoring patent” by them ever. The RocketHub team will order these for our offices and maybe we’ll finally be able to put some nice furniture together. How is your project progressing and what suggestions do you have for others looking to do the same? Since I am doing this for first time I do not know how it is supposes to be, but I have received a positive response so far. Prepare as well as you can but do not be a perfectionist, you can improve as you develop. Mistakes are not a problem because they can be fixed and often innovation comes from trying to tailor something to a persons specific needs. Great advice - thank you Mladen. Get your first edition 4LTX set. -Vlad

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  • October 20, 2011

From Brazil, Armenia, and the United States, João Kouyoumdjian Brings an International Flavor to NYC

Praised for his elegant and expressive musicianship by Grammy award winner Sharon Isbin, João Kouyoumdjian is a Brazilian-Armenian guitarist of distinction. In the words of guitar virtuoso Paulo Martelli “João Kouyoumdjian is one of the most extraordinary Brazilian guitarists of his generation. His interpretations always displayed refined sensibility and profound aesthetic meaning.” We agree! Ever since we first heard João play, the RocketHub team was captivated. So we’re very pleased to have João launching his upcoming Carnegie Hall performance through an elegant and captivating campaign on RocketHub. I connected with João to learn about his background and outlook. The inspiration behind my project - the concert “Brazilian Guitar in New York” (also known as “Brazilian Guitar: Tradition and Tendencies”) - was the desire of performing and advocating for traditional and new Brazilian classical guitar music at Carnegie Hall, the legendary venue where only a few exceptional artists perform. With partial sponsorship of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, this concert aims to make the Brazilian community in New York vibrate, as well as to bring the joy of Brazilian music to New Yorkers. In addition, I want to push the Brazilian classical guitar repertoire forward with premieres of new works and establish a continuous working platform for Brazilian musicians in New York through future new editions of the project. You are successfully bringing together a lot of different ideas and goals. What has your experience been so far? Are you getting the response you expected for your crowdfunding campaign and bigger goals? The experience has been super exciting because everybody loves the guitar and wants to see it performed all over. In addition, supporters are always thrilled to contribute to the difficult endeavor of bringing Brazilian guitar music to such an emblematic venue as Carnegie Hall. People can feel that that is the dream of a lifetime for me (and it probably was the unmet dream of many…) Thus, when they see a young fellow like me battling against all odds for such a noble ideal, they are happy to contribute. Supporters also often get excited about accompanying all the steps of your career, from a young local artist to an internationally recognized performer. I struggled to be based in another country, to perform in great venues, to graduate from the highly selective Juilliard School. So when people contribute to my project, I can tell they not only want to contribute to this particular project but they are also happy to recognize my success with this supportive act. Therefore, they are more interested in who you are and what you have consistently been doing over several years than in just one particular project. You take a lesson out of this: write and spread your bio nicely! A wise lesson! What’s your advice for others trying to replicate your online and offline success? My advice doesn’t go too far from what other artists suggest: start your crowdfunding from your own cycle of friends and family and then your network will grow naturally. However, quoting the movie “Field of Dreams,” do not believe in the saying “If you build it, they will come” (I actually stole the usage of this saying from RocketHub’s founder Jed Cohen, who used it in a presentation). Crowdfunding may seem as simple as posting a project on RocketHub but that’s just the beginning: you’ve got to have a LOT of discipline to make it happen. I found out it was extremely important to map all my potential supporters so I started writing down all my networks, placing people I know in groups. For example:  -Network from my native town: Roberto, Joseph, Peter, etc. -Network from NYC: Mattias, Courtney, Hamilton, etc. -My girlfriend’s network: Sandra, Cristina, Edward, etc.  -My Politicians’ network: Sergio Pimentel, Paulo Fonseca, etc. (so on…) I first approached people that I thought that could be interested in making large contributions. Then, after some time you can try to make your most interested friends and first supporters spread the word for you. Everything grows exponentially from there and when you realize the campaign gains a pulse and rolls on its own.  Finally, have materials such as flyers and virtual links (in your mobile and tablet devices) always ready to show to anybody at any time. The most efective way of grabbing someone’s attention, rather than email and social networks, is still establishing a one-on-one-eye-to-eye conversation. I hope that was helpful! Good luck to everybody! RocketHub Rocks!!! You are a wise and talented man João. Thank you for your presence and support. Listen to João’s music and support his Carnegie Hall dream. -Vlad

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  • October 19, 2011

Emerson Filmmakers Crowdfund a Chilling Tale

The Devil and Harm is a chilling story of life and death. The Devil visits a sickly man named Harm in the late hours of the night and forces him to make a choice: accept death or bestow it upon another. Led by two innovative Emerson College students, Daniel Hillel-Tuch and Silas Robinson are engaging a global community to make a great and edgy film. I spoke with Daniel about their victories and challenges. I’m a Film major at Emerson College, but I also took a minor in Psychology. In my Developmental Psychology class the professor Eline McBridge, a lovely lady with a delightful Scottish accent, discussed death and dying including the famous Kübler-Ross model: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. For days I was obsessed with the notion ‘what if I knew I was dying?’ I imagined myself with only two weeks left of life, and how I would react to it. Originally I wrote out the concept as a monologue, but as the idea developed I became fascinated with the contradiction of the super-natural forcing a moral choice based on nihilism.  I wrote the original draft of the script almost two years ago, it was eventually accepted into the Emerson Script Anthology “Thread”. As I was preparing it to be published, my cinematographer and then roommate, Silas Robinson, mentioned he thought it would be worth making. His encouragement made me follow through. That’s quite a spectrum of emotions and themes. How has your experience been as a crowdfunding pioneer in the world of film at Emerson College? Has it mirrored the filmmaking process? What a lofty notion. I wouldn’t call myself a crowdfunding pioneer, as I am definitely not the first one to utilize the tool at Emerson College. However, I have noticed that RocketHub, which is unfortunately not incredibly well known around the school, has struck a lot of students interest over some of the other websites. The ability to keep the money you raise no matter what, and the freedom to alter your main page including your videos, has definitely convinced people of the potential of RocketHub as well as crowdfunding. I plan to use RocketHub and crowdfunding for most of my future projects, and I know that others who have seen what can be done, will gladly follow this example. Well thank you for the kind words. What advice do you have for fellow up-start filmmakers looking to experience the same crowdfunding success? Most of the money that has been raised so far has been through family, and close family friends. My parents have been a great assistance thanks to their list of contacts. Using family friends, I realized I would be able to raise the most of amount of money in the beginning. People with jobs, families, and a real disposable income are more inclined to contribute than say, college students who would rather buy a 12-pack. Also, my mother can be quite tenacious and was very useful in reminding people who pledged to contribute, that they should. Originally, I designed an email that informed people of the project, I tailored each one specifically to the person I was writing to, and encouraged not a “donation” but rather a “contribution” in exchange for a reward. I’ve also been maintaining a blog devilandharm.tumblr.com thanking my contributors, as well as regularly posting on Facebook. I noticed that once I did, every now and then a small contribution would quickly follow. I passed on a guide to those on my crew, encouraging them to reach out to people as well. I also sent out thank you message, to those who contributed, along with those who didn’t. It serves as a reminder, and a demonstration that I am appreciative and paying attention. Soon I will be contacting my close friends at Emerson College, as well as those back home in Holland, from who I imagine will give smaller contributions yet will help us reach our final goal. I wanted the project to look healthy before I contacted the more cynical younger generation, for who a $20 contribution means a little more than it does to a family man with three daughters. To them it should seem exciting to be a part of this project, a chance to influence what could be a great film. To them, it has to seem pretty cool. Fortunately, it is. That’s great feedback - gaining those first-followers is a crucial step. The “thank you” blog is brilliant and pretty simple. Thanks for the candid answers - the whole RocketHub team is stoked about seeing this film. Show your support. -Vlad

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  • October 17, 2011

Meditation Master Makes Crowdfunding Magic

Dada Nabhaniilananda is a yoga monk, a meditation teacher, a musician, a writer, and of course a lion tamer. In 2006, Dada published his first book, and is now completing his second: a comic fantasy - think of a cross between Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, Monty Python and the Bhagavad Gita. Dada has positively impacted the entire RocketHub community and is successfully progressing through his crowdfunding campaign. I spoke with Dada about his long journey and current ambitions. I first learned meditation in 1975 when I was a university student in New Zealand. I quickly realised that this was something that could change everything, and not just for me. I discovered in myself a sense of serenity, confidence and inspiration I’d never imagined was possible. As a musician and writer I also found it really helped me tap into my ‘muse’ – it took my composition to another level. Yet rather than being thrown off balance by this sudden flood of creativity, I felt connected to a deep, calm place – I seemed to be getting to know a wiser and happier version of myself. This dramatic shift in my inner landscape led me to re-evaluate my whole life plan. I’d fantasized about becoming a rock star or a fantasy writer, but now I’d finally found a life purpose that actually made sense. So I went to India where I studied under a great spiritual master and was ordained as a monk and meditation teacher. I’ve spent the last 30 years teaching meditation and using music to inspire people to change their lives through this beautiful practice. The project I’m funding through RocketHub is the result of two years of research and planning. I will publish a new edition of my meditation book, create a new product, a Meditation Home Study Kit, and promote them both through a ‘guerilla’ marketing campaign, focusing on radio interviews, online video, blog reviews, mailing lists and affiliates. We’re proud to have your project be a part of the RocketHub community. What inspired you to jump into crowdfunding and become a pioneer in the world of meditation, publishing, health & wellness? I was inspired by the success of a friend who raised $5000 to publish her first book through a crowdfunding campaign. It has been great being able to talk to her during my own campaign – it’s nice to have someone who understands exactly what you’re going through because  it’s been a roller coaster ride.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I agonized over my profile page, especially the video. I drove 400 miles to LA to film a second video, and ended up using the first! But I finally got it out there, and it was slow getting started and I was concerned, but I followed my plan and after a while it began to pick up momentum. Now I’m pleasantly surprised by the response and I’m cautiously optimistic about reaching my goal.  I’m on 38% of my target with 19 days still to go. Your hard work is paying off and you’ve built a lot of momentum very quickly. Any advice for Creatives looking to crowdfund a similar project? Well it wasn’t that quick actually, not at first. I’m glad I chose a 60 day rather than a 45 day time -frame, because I more or less wasted the first ten days. I found the articles and advice on the RocketHub site very useful – particularly the idea about starting with a small group of close contacts and getting them to contribute something before promoting to your larger circle.  You have to find a balance between reminding people (some theory of marketing says that people don’t act until they’ve seen a message seven times!) and bugging them. My solution is to use humor. My reminder messages are really funny, so people seem to forgive you for hassling them. This is where you can use your creativity to your advantage. This approach seems to be working well.  I’ve noticed that when I send out a reminder, a bunch of people contribute, but it only lasts for one day. Then nothing. Hopefully this will work every time. Over the next few weeks I have to come up with five more funny messages for my long suffering friends! I personally called a few key people and that’s where two of my larger contributions came from. Personal phone calls can make a big difference, and it is actually nice to have a reason to get back in touch with some old, dear friends. The campaign has also led to some unexpected bonuses. Now someone in India is planning to translate my book into Telugu language (!) and a colleague in Italy wants to publish it in Italian. I’d like to thank you folks at RocketHub for helping to make this possible for me. You’re very welcome! Thank you for your positive energy and wonderful project.  Help make this project into a reality. -Vlad

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  • October 13, 2011

RocketHub and CIRAA Partner To Bring Crowdfunding To Independent Recording Artists In Canada

We are excited to unveil our partnership with The Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA), Canada’s only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian independent recording artists. "CIRAA and RocketHub are both about helping independent artists find new and creative ways to navigate the current do-it-yourself music industry model," said CIRAA President Gregg Terrence. "RocketHub’s crowdfunding portal is an important contributor to the independent music scene, and their sponsorship of the Groundbreaker Grant program is a meaningful investment in our collective efforts to help artists build sustainable careers and develop stronger connections with their fans." CIRAA has launched the micro-grant program for Canadian Independent Artists. The program distributes $2,600 each month to Canadian independent artists in the form of twenty-five $100 “micro-grants,” rewarding them specifically for live performances. The CIRAA Groundbreaker Grant is generously supported by XM Satellite Radio, Bandzoogle, as well as now RocketHub. As part of the micro-grant rollout, RocketHub will empower CIRAA members to seamlessly launch crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub’s global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to empower Canadian artists with the ability to supplement their income and grants with innovative crowdfunding.  Our own, Brian Meece exclaims: “We continue to search for new ways to empower artists and their fans across the world. The CIRAA partnership is the next step in this international rollout. We’re excited to welcome the community of CIRAA artists into the RocketHub ecosystem.”  As part of the roll-out, CIRAA has graciously agreed to share their custom crowdfunding tutorial with the world: Welcome to RocketHub to all the new artists from Canada. -The RocketHub Team

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  • October 11, 2011

Spreading Knowledge About Influenza, Rob Wallace Crowdfunds a New Book

Rob Wallace is an evolutionary biologist and economic geographer. He has published on the evolution and spread of pathogens, including influenza, in a variety of publications. I noticed Rob’s project pop up a few weeks ago and was intrigued by the scientific publishing angle of his campaign. He is making something important with the help of his community and the wider RocketHub crowd. So I reached out to speak to Rob about the unique nature of his scientific project. Using bird flu’s genetic sequences I helped produce one of the first maps for the virus’s spread. We were also able to identify a specific Chinese province from which several strains of the virus likely emerged. However, no matter how much I looked at the viral sequences I could learn nothing of the reasons why bird flu emerged there. As my loyalties lie more in answering questions than anything else, I moved to studying agriculture’s economic geography. What did I learn? I found it is no coincidence that to a one the wide variety of new influenza strains now circulating have emerged out of livestock and poultry. Stockbreeding is increasingly dominated worldwide by an agribusiness model which has reorganized the sector in its entirety. My book will argue the new influenzas have emerged hand-in-hoof with the new agriculture. So in a way, we’re to blame for these new strains. How has your experience been as a crowdfunding pioneer in the world of science, education, and the environment in Minnesota and beyond - how are your supporters responding? Despite its reputation as a cash cow, even science today is under considerable funding pressure. And that has had a fundamental effect on the kinds of scientific research conducted. Much of it today—not all of it, mind you—but much of it is built on an industrial model of production, the factory lab as it were, even in a university setting. There’s good work being produced, but the system selects for a particularly safe kind of science. My project is decidedly ‘dangerous’ as I directly take on an industry which, along with acting as a source of pathogens, acts as a major source of scientific funding.  That’s forced me into more of an artist’s life. Fundraising on the go. Not an easy model, indeed, a whole different ballgame. But the freedom is exhilarating. I get to say exactly what I mean, conduct intellectually fulfilling research, and, I hope, position myself to help change the world for the better. And isn’t that why anyone would enter science in the first place? I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the response. I’m not sure I’ll reach my goal this first time around but what I raise will be critical to completing my book. It certainly helps that RocketHub permits its Creatives to keep most of what they raise even if the goal isn’t reached. It helps too that I can accept contributions from just about everywhere. Influenza is a global problem and people from around the world want to see it addressed. We’re proud to have your cutting edge project. You’ve built a lot of support pretty quickly. Any advice for Creatives looking to crowdfund a similar project? A unique project is critical, yes. An appealing video is important, yes. Creative rewards are helpful, too, yes. But the key I think is in the networking. You really have to organize your own support across multiple platforms: social networking sites, professional listservs, and personal emails. It would seem shameless except people from all sorts of walks of life want to contribute to interesting projects.Scientific colleagues have contributed, but also everyday people. It’s that kind of breadth which reminds me why I took on this project in the first place. Spot on advice - the network is one of the most important pillars of successful crowdfunding. Support Rob and his innovatively important project here. -Vlad

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  • October 8, 2011

From Toronto to the World, Lindy Rocks RocketHub

Lindy is a musician’s musician. Just ask any of Canada’s most beloved indie darlings. Leslie Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Hayden, Tegan & Sara, Serena Ryder, and Luke Doucet are not just aware of Lindy’s music – they are fans. He has conquered RocketHub through a creative capaign to crowdfund his new record. So I had to chat with Lindy about his fans, his creative path, and his crowdfunding campaign. It has been a few years since I made my last solo album. I have been writing songs but I haven’t recorded any of them yet because I’ve been busy with other music projects like my band Major Maker. The band knows about these songs I’ve written and has finally vowed not to play another show until I record a new solo album. It was just the kind of kick in the butt I needed. I am really proud of these songs and I want them to be recorded in the best way possible, which is why I put them up for funding on RocketHub. Sounds like the right time for a campaign! How has your experience been as a crowdfunding pioneer in the world of music in Toronto - how are your supporters responding? Crowdfunding is a brilliant new way to fund any project. It’s a great feeling to see those first contributions come in. The feedback has been amazing too. Everybody thinks it’s a fantastic thing that I’m doing. It has been bringing inspiration to the project that will spread to everyone involved. I tried to put together rewards that I believe have the most value for the money. Also trying to keep things interesting for people. A friend offered to make some really cool belt buckles and that has helped get some people to contribute more. If you have a friend who makes cool things, see if their talents can be used to help your project. Also try to get interviews with local papers and reach out to sites that can help you spread the word. When in doubt, go back to the instructions on RocketHub and see if there is something you haven’t tried yet. Great advice about leveraging the value of talented friends. Grab a copy of the album or a cool belt buckle. -Vlad

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  • October 6, 2011