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Clark Howard: Kickstarter

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Updated: 8/05/2013 6:46 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The crowd funding website, Kickstarter, now raises more money for artists than the National Endowment for the Arts. Consumer advisor Clark Howard looks at how the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra used the website to raise money to archive old videos.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has approximately 150 scrapbooks and 40 or 50 boxes of photos.

Archivist Bob Scarr has volunteered his time to help put all of this on a digital archive for the symphony's upcoming 70th anniversary, but that costs money.

The usual route would be to ask for a grant from the National Endowment for 
the Arts, but that could take up to a year to be approved. So, Scarr and some of his colleagues decided to try the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

ASO president 
Stanley Romanstein said they wanted to start with a modest goal of $5,000 to preserve some old video tapes.

They more than doubled their original goal, closing in on $13,000 
Romanstein says the extra money will help complete their goal of making all of this accessible to the public.

Kickstarter is not just for artists. It democratizes the ability of you as a creative person as an inventor to make an idea come alive. So, if you have an idea in you, seize the opportunity.


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