Friday, March 2, 2012

Eat Soup, Support Creativity in Your Community

This Sunday, Toledo Soup will host its inaugural soup dinner and vote for 5 creative projects that have been vetted by a panel of local people from 36 submissions.  The doors open at 5 p.m. at 116 10th Street in downtown Toledo, and then they will pay $5 to listen to the five candidates pitch their projects.  Then they vote, and the top vote-getter gets the money from attendees to fund their project and the voters eat soup, salad and bread. 

This is just part of a worldwide phenomenon.  The Soup Network maps places in North America, Europe, Egypt and Australia where similar projects are supporting the arts, or sometimes, as in Chicago, community groups as well.  It's part of the growing trend of using social networking to raise money in the arts, like Kickstart, where artists announce their financial goal and a time limit when describing their proposed project to people who have a chance to finance it.  Either they get the goal, in the time prescribed, or they get nothing.  If not, the project fails and no money changes hands. 

Teh internets offer some exciting new ways for artists to reach potential funders and new markets, so I'm looking forward to the upcoming book, New Markets for Artists: How to Sell, Fund Projects, and Exhibit Using Social Media, DIY Pop-Ups, eBay, Kickstarter, and Much More by Carey Brainard in a few months. Buy it or nag your local library to buy it.  Meanwhile, check and see if your community has a soup circle that can help fund your project.

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