Live Q&A: How to Surpass Your Goal: Crowdfunding

Daniel Sharp, Principal, DSCS
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 5-6pm ET
This is a free event.
Join Daniel Sharp of DSCS for a discussion on how to surpass your fundraising goal through crowdfunding.

All creative workers need funding. Sometimes sales, day jobs, gigs, or grants fill that need. Other times it’s not enough or the strings attached to the funding source prove too difficult to bear. Which projects are best suited to crowdfund? Which artists are best suited to crowdfund? How do creators surpass those goals on Kickstarter? And is Kickstarter the only way?

During this Q&A, Daniel will answer questions about the best uses of crowdfunding platforms, best practices to get people engaged, and how to meet and exceed expectations. Daniel is an experienced consultant and former Kickstarter Arts employee who can answer questions about when to engage in crowdfunding and when to avoid it.

Daniel Sharp (they/them) is the Principal of DSCS, a community strategy consultancy that builds sustainable relationships and financial systems for artists, institutions, and creative tech companies. With a background in crowdfunding, public art, and publications, they help you craft your story, grow your platform, secure funding, and claim agency. Past and current clients include For Freedoms, The Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Amplifier, Digital Counsel, Chitra Ganesh, NDN Collective, People for the American Way, and the Four Day Week Global Foundation.

Sharp is a NEW INC Mentor and the host of Practices After Capitalism with Anticapitalism for Artists. Sharp's previous work as the Arts Outreach Lead at Kickstarter collectively raised $4,500,000+ for over 500 projects by artists, museums, and activists.

They have spoken widely about their work, including with the Kresge Foundation; Creative Capital; Chautauqua Visual Arts; Rhode Island School of Design; The Dutch Art Institute; University of California, Berkeley; Maryland Institute College of Art; Art World Conference; College Art Association; and the Institute for Nonprofit News. Their writing has been published on NYFA, Koda Lab, The Creative Independent, Public Parking, Testudo, the Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design, Hyundai Artlab, and Kickstarter.

In the evenings, Sharp is an artist, musician, and writer making work about systems of capital, suburbia, and techno.