Asian artists find funding for their projects online


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In the current economic climate where public funding for the arts is experiencing a steady decline, Kickstarter has provided a tremendous windfall for many artists.

Founded in 2009, Kickstarter is a funding platform that allows everyone from artists and designers to filmmakers and musicians to seek donations from the public for their creative projects. Since its inception, the site has received more than $500 million to successfully fund more than 35,000 projects.

Many Asian-American artists and organizations have used Kickstarter to help realize their dreams. For example, Mei Mei Street Kitchen raised more than $30,000 to help expand its food truck into a sustainable and environmentally friendly restaurant, and the Divided Families Film Project raised more than $23,000 to chronicle the stories of Korean Americans who were separated from their families in North Korea by the Korean War.

The crop of Asian American ventures currently pursuing backing is a diverse lot that covers books, music and dance. Chinese-American artist Brian Foo is trying to complete “Continuous City,” an illustrated book that explores re-imagined versions of New York City through painting, writing, architecture and programming.

YouTube music sensation Inhyeok Yeo is hoping his album, which features his a cappella versions of great American pop songs, will help him become the first Korean Grammy winner. Alternatively, “Courage” is an Indian classical dance performance by choreographer Rasika Kumar that draws from Hindu mythology, Indian history, American history and current world events to depict the resilience of the human spirit.

With resources like Kickstarter, the potential to transform imagination into reality has never been more possible. Companies like Verizon are also doing their part to identify and support new ideas. Through its Powerful Answers Award, Verizon is offering $10 million for the most innovative solutions in healthcare, education and sustainability in today’s world.

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  • md’c™

    And where is that at? In the United States. It does not extend here, while this news is being fed to the local filipino communities. No, we do not benefit from it here in the flipino mainland. I am an american us citizen currently living in the philippines, and found out most of organizations like this do not extend to the filipinos. What a crock and what a piece of propaganda. Tear it down and put a filter on your feed not to run it countries where it has not benefit a dime.

    YouTube being a widely popular site, has virtually offered more help than what a site like yours can imagine. Why dont you open a vc site for foreign countries other than the united states?

  • PinoyMundo Biz

    We already have our very own ArtisteConnect. It’s called crowdsourcing.

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