I love that this link showed up today in my inbox (via Thomas Cott's "You've Cott Mail" list). I've been trying to make almost exactly this kind of thing happen in the music world. The funding models are broken: you need to plan too far in advance, often need to put up your own money just to secure a venue, and then after all the planning, no guarantee that anyone will show-up or if you'll even break-even (in fact, you'll probably lose a lot of $$$$).
I think part of the problem is simply that producing a "concert" and producing an "event" are two totally different things. I really believe that this kind of crowdsourced funding model can work if you're creating events. And this might be the most important point: it ONLY
happens if you have enough people willing to go in advance.
I started working on this kind of thing in New York City but wasn't able to follow-through before moving to Seattle - now that I'm out here I'm gearing up to see if this kind of thing can work or if I'm crazy. The hard part is accepting that people might not want to go and that if that's the case the show doesn't happen.
This idea actually came to me when I met one of the staff members at +Kickstarter
. She was telling me about a group who funds their CD's totally through Kickstarter. The tell their fans a project they have in mind and then if they fund it they make it; if not, they don't.
Let's give our fans and supports something great AND a voice in whether something happens or not. In a way, it's the least we can do for them.
Seriously, check out this post and let me know what you think!