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Creators-in-Residence

The Creators-in-Residence program provides tools and resources to help Kickstarter creators successfully plan, launch, and fulfill their campaigns.

Fall 2017

Creators-In-Residence

This season’s residents are working on diverse campaigns, including a documentary film, comedy podcast, dance performance, product design, and more.

SOFIA GELD & REBECA HUNT

SEAN J. PATRICK CARNEY

ALLY SHWED

IT'S SHOWTIME NYC

HANS REICHSTETTER

JESSICA SALLY

DAFINA ROBERTS


MATTY DAVIS & BEN GOULD

ROBIN CLOUD

Sean is making use of our audio recording resources to produce his podcast, Humor and the Abject, which focuses on the relationship between contemporary art and comedy.

Robin is a comedian, writer, and director who’s working on a short called "2 Dollars," the story of a property manager whose life unravels after deciding not to contribute to the office lotto pool.

Matty and Ben are developing and rehearsing a dance performance that explores themes of control and empathy. They will launch a campaign by the end of the residency.

Filmmakers Sofia and Rebeca are working with their music producer, Eli, to complete the final cut of "BEBA." The feature-length film follows the life of an Afro-Latina in racially tumultuous New York City.

It’s Showtime NYC offers performance and professional development opportunities for street and subway dancers. They’re collaborating with our Art team on the launch of their first Kickstarter project.

ADAM J. KURTZ

Jessica is launching a campaign for The Brownies' Book, a multicultural children's literature magazine.

Ally is a cartoonist, writer, and editor who recently completed her fourth Kickstarter campaign. Blocked: Stories from the World of Online Dating is a collection of comics inspired by true online dating experiences.

Fall 2017

Creators-In-Residence

Sean is making use of our audio recording resources to produce his podcast, Humor and the Abject, which focuses on the relationship between contemporary art and comedy.

Robin is a comedian, writer, and director who’s working on a short called "2 Dollars," the story of a property manager whose life unravels after deciding not to contribute to the office lotto pool.

Matty and Ben are developing and rehearsing a dance performance that explores themes of control and empathy. They will launch a campaign by the end of the residency.

Filmmakers Sofia and Rebeca are working with their music producer, Eli, to complete the final cut of "BEBA." The feature-length film follows the life of an Afro-Latina in racially tumultuous New York City.

It’s Showtime NYC offers performance and professional development opportunities for street and subway dancers. They’re collaborating with our Art team on the launch of their first Kickstarter project.

Adam is a designer, author, and illustrator working on packing and shipping the 2018 version of his Unsolicited Advice planner – a pocket-size companion for the new year with activities, encouragement, and gentle nagging you didn't ask for.

Hans recently wrapped up a successful project with the Unicorn Coat, a custom garment designed to help you make your own magic. While in residence, he’s developing two new campaigns.

Dafina is working on the campaign for her webseries that explores the life of six friends in New York City, Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass).

Jessica is launching a campaign for The Brownies' Book, a multicultural children's literature magazine.

The Dance Cartel recently completed their third Kickstarter campaign, WET CLUTCH, a drive-in dance experience that reimagines heroines from the last three decades of cinema.

Scott is fulfilling his Today campaign, which is a clock designed to change the way you see your day.

Program Details

Kickstarter’s Creators-in-Residence program provides tools and resources to help Kickstarter creators plan, launch, and fulfill their projects, and the opportunity to work alongside our team at Kickstarter’s office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The residency is an extension of our mission to help bring creative projects — big and small — to life.

Residents are invited to attend regular workshops, feedback sessions, talks, performances, and events. They receive a dedicated workspace and access to equipment and office supplies, plus access to our theater, recording studio, meeting rooms, and stocked kitchen. They also receive hands-on support from members of the Kickstarter team.

FAQ

How can I apply to be part of the program?

We accept applications for the Creators-in-Residence program twice a year: in the summer for fall residencies and in the winter for spring residencies.

Where is the residency based?

The residency takes place at Kickstarter’s office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Residents must be able to arrange their own travel and accommodations.

What do you look for in potential residents?

We accept applications from creators who are at any stage in planning, running, or fulfilling a Kickstarter project. Our preference is to support individuals who are working towards the launch of a new project or are fulfilling a past project. 


How long is the residency?

The program lasts for three months. During that time, each resident will be paired with a Kickstarter staff member with expertise related to their project category who will offer advice and support and help the creator reach their goals for the residency.


What are the benefits of participating in the program?

Residents receive access to a dedicated workspace, our theater, sound recording equipment, office supplies, meeting rooms, and stocked kitchen. They have the opportunity to work with members of the Kickstarter team, who can provide tips and support related to creating, promoting, and fulfilling projects. And they receive invitations to internal events, including happy hours, talks, networking events, and workshops. 

In the past, residents have used the Kickstarter office to pack and ship rewards, organize screenings, shoot Kickstarter videos, workshop designs for project pages, record podcasts and voice-over material, develop communication plans, host meetings, and more.

Do residents get a stipend?

The Creators-in-Residence program is designed to provide tools and resources to help Kickstarter creators launch successful projects that will allow them to fund their creative work. We currently do not offer a stipend, but we do offer hands-on support for launching and running a Kickstarter project.



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How can I learn more about past residents?

Check out this blog post from when we announced the residency pilot and shared stories about the first round of residents.