Through the Cracks has not shied away from saying Kickstarter is important, but it’s not the only crowdfunding platform. As I said in a piece earlier this year, Kickstarter is not the sun. The crowd is the sun, and all platforms, Kickstarter included, revolve around it.
To the best of our ability, we also try to recognize significant events in the history of crowdfunded journalism, and one just happened.
Campaigns in the journalism, photography and documentary categories all set records in April for the most money raised all-time in each of the categories on Kickstarter. Here’s a brief look at each of the three.
End Date: April 26
Amount raised: $171,215 USD with 3,136 backers
A new magazine to encourage girls to be “smart, strong, fierce, and, above all, true to themselves” from former SELF editor Erin Bried.
End Date: May 18, 2016
Amount raised: $556,000 from 850 backers.
The Trioplan soap bubble lens (F 2.9/50) hand made by Meyer-Optik in Görlitz, Germany 100 years after the lens was originally created.
End date: April 8, 2016
Amount raised: $1,126,037 USD with 8,688 backers.
A campaign to save Frank Zappa’s personal film vault, create a documentary, and unearth some of his unreleased music. On the list of “rewards” for the cause: Frank Zappa’s house for $9 million.