Award-winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt has been an AKILA WORKSONGS A-List client since 2006. In 2011, he approached us with a new idea. He wanted to use a new platform known as Kickstarter as a way to raise money for the film that all his admirers knew he was finishing. Hurt was no stranger to raising money for his films but we were all new to this thing called Kickstarter.
So we studied the landscape, we planned meticulously, we cleared a path for success. Thanksgiving 2011, we set out to raise $25K for what is now the popular documentary film Soul Food Junkies. By Christmas, we exceeded that goal. So we set another, and exceed that one too.
Though we spent half our time simply trying to explain this new way of raising money, TeamBHurt was more successful than we originally hoped: 421 backers pledged $31,358. Soul Food Junkies went on to break records when it aired on PBS' Independent Lens.
Since then, the agency has created, directly managed, or advised more than a dozen crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGogo. All of them have been artistic projects ranging from film projects to books and public events. To date, we've helped secure $267,908 (or approximately $20K per campaign) for our crowdfunding clients.
So we know, first hand, what it takes to launch and sustain a successful online funding campaign. We find that most people underestimate all the hard work involved. To be honest: It's truly hard work, but the benefits of having your dream project come to life are worth the sacrifice.
So if you think you're ready to turn your passion project into a reality, even now during the age of Coronavirus, then let's explore the possibilities.
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