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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Orlando’s own crowdfunding site ArtStarter launches

Crowdfunding platform focuses on the unique needs of artists

January 7, 2014 – Orlando, FL- Locally owned and made in Orlando crowdfunding platform, ArtStarter announced the launch of its website, It is built around the unique needs of artists in funding and building community. “We just unveiled See Art Orlando, Downtown’s new public art collection and next year will open a new performing arts center,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “ArtStarter will help keep the momentum going by allowing residents to collectively invest in our growing arts and cultural amenities.”

This new rewards based platform will allow artists of all kinds, from painters, dancers, film producers, musicians and more, to easily create a project and tap into the power of their network. After raising funds on the platform, artists are encouraged to “live” on the site by continuously posting their upcoming local events thereby, building community. The local event feature is set to go live in early 2014.

ArtStarter’s mission is to change the way art is funded in your community and by your community. A great example of community funded art is seen by one of the artists on the platform now. Urban Art Museum is a collaborative effort to bring more public urban art to the Mills 50 District in Orlando, FL. Their first piece was successfully crowd funded on Kickstarter with 51 backers. However, for their second more ambitious piece they are partnering with ArtStarter to raise $25,000.

Currently there are five projects that are raising funds for public art, photographing historic sites, life size photographs as game pieces, cultural food initiative and using photography to help in the fight against gun violence. Interest in partnering with ArtStarter goes beyond Central Florida. Artists from Oregon to New York have expressed interest in partnering with ArtStarter for their future projects.

Though conceived and made in Orlando, ArtStarter can be used globally. Payments are processed by PayPal. Fees on the platform range from 5 to 9 percent for artists raising funds.

To differentiate and gain traction in the crowdfunding arena, ArtStarter plans on executing the following tactics:

  • Launch the events feature to help build community around local art
  • Launch the iOS and android mobile apps
  • Creating a toolbox for artists to use in planning and executing their projects
  • Continuous live support of current and future artists on the site

About ArtStarter:

ArtStarter is a crowdfunding platform based in Orlando, FL. Founded in June 2013, ArtStarter brought a group of passionate people who were frustrated by a problem and determined to create a solution. During a National Day of Civil Hacking event in Orlando, Florida the challenge was met head on. It was the perfect market on which to focus because it’s a city that’s full of incredible artists but very little cohesive marketing. ArtStarter was a hit from day one, and the participants at the event voted the idea as the very best they’d seen. ArtStarter is developed by locally owned 2iGames, LLC. For more information, please contact us below.

Pamela DiMarzio
CEO and Co-Founder

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