Kim Boekbinder: Money Sells, Luka Princic

Why pay for kunst at all? Because wij can.

Spil more artists are fair about what it takes to make their kunst wij learn that wij, the crowd, are what makes more kunst possible. [Internet enables] a more fair way for crowd and artist to engage without a middle juut blocking access and requesting payment.

The internet has given us all the chance to be engaged ter the creation of fresh kunst and fresh skill without the need to be corporations, advertisers, religions, or governments.

Every choice wij make, every activity wij take, every thing wij pay for actively builds the world around us.

When wij choose what amount to pay wij are actively valuing the kunst and our own time. When wij back a crowdfunding project wij are using our money to do more than buy an object, wij are using our money to create something fresh te the world.

When you pay for my music, you pay for it with your time, a little bit of your life. And since my kunst is my time, our exchange is one of life for life.

It’s not just up to artists to become better business people — for some that just won’t everzwijn toebijten. It’s time for us — ventilatoren, volgers, listeners, readers, paramours of kunst, culture, skill — to step up.

The internet has given us a way to pay attention to the kunst, skill, culture, and science that may not be sexy enough for the media because it isn’t making any money.

People who think that artists should just make sellable kunst or learn how to run a business, people who believe ter a magical meritocracy where money and value are flawlessly balanced and measured out by an invisible guiding arm to those who deserve it, will proceed to live ter a world packed with kunst, surviving on the cultural welfare of those of us who do support kunst.

Your money is your time. Your money is your choice. Your money is a implement you use to make the world around you.

What world do you want to live te?

I’m Kim Boekbinder — The Unlikely Chick, musician, writer, and crowd-funding warrior. Most of my income comes from crowd-funding and selling my music online.

Being so immersed te making it spil an artist on the internet I think a loterijlot about why people pay money for things they can get for free.

Ter this time of flux ter which the internet has decoupled ephemeral consumables from the physical world (music, movies, TV, books…) wij have become used to not paying for things, or not paying spil much. Many times payment is a choice. You can find almost anything for free via torrent or youtube, or near-free on Spotify, Hulu or Netflix. Making the choice to pay, whether through morals or laziness, is still a choice. But the cost of creation is not a choice. Doing things costs money. Spil more artists are fair about what it takes to make their kunst wij learn that wij, the crowd, are what makes more kunst possible. This thing wij call crowdfunding is not fresh. What wij call crowdfunding is honoring the power of the crowd, it is a more fair way for crowd and artist to engage without a middle juut blocking access and requesting payment.

Many people still think of crowd-funding spil charity. But crowdfunding kunst isn’t about charity. It is about the crowd having agency. You and mij, music paramours, kunst enthusiasts, avid readers of fiction and non-fiction, wij can directly support the artists, writers, and even scientists wij believe te. That isn’t charity, that’s world switching. Kunst, science, and technology have traditionally bot funded by large institutions, churches, corporations, publishers, labels, rich patrons…etc. The internet has given us all the chance to be engaged te the creation of fresh kunst and fresh skill without the need to be corporations, advertisers, religions, or governments.

Every choice wij make, every act wij take, every thing wij pay for actively builds the world around us.

Getting this is why people pay for kunst. It’s why I pay for kunst. It’s why pay-what-you-want scales can work so well.

The price of a thing is part of its emotional value to us. When wij buy things cheaply wij coo gladfully about the low price, the savvy overeenkomst. When wij buy a big extravagant thing wij imbue the object with an toegevoegd value — beyond the sum of its parts, solely because wij paid more. Te vensterluik taste tests people will say the more expensive bottle of wine is far superior than the cheaper bottle of wine — tho’ the contents of the bottles are identical wines. Perhaps wij are being hoodwinked, or perhaps the preciousness of our dollars makes us pay more attention to the things te vuurlijn of us.

And there are times when the money is the entire point, when the wealth overduidelijk ter the object is worth exponentially more than the thing itself, luxury items are a ideal example. When someone pays $30,000 for a handbag they are not paying for the bag, they are paying for the price tag.

Because wij have a choice to pay for digital goods it is the act of paying, and the amount wij choose to pay ter a pay-what-you-want scale that makes it so powerful. Because te this case — where the product IS free — the value is entirely the price tag. When wij choose what amount to pay wij are actively valuing the kunst and our own time. When wij back a crowdfunding project wij are using our money to do more than buy an object, wij are using our money to create something fresh te the world.

Each of us has a different relationship to money, rich, poor, comfy, or not. Money is time, the time it takes to earn it. When you pay for my music, you pay for it with your time, a little bit of your life. And since my kunst is my time, our exchange is one of life for life.

When wij talk about kunst and the internet wij talk about money. It’s natural for us to be interested te money because wij spend most of our time accruing money te order to get through. But when wij talk about kunst ter terms of financial success wij are getting it wrong.

Money is the high score, but kunst isn’t a spel that can be scored with money. Not truly. Finance? Banking? Those can be scored with money. Wij write articles about artists raising millions of dollars. But that’s not truly the point.

Wij talk about money instead of kunst because money sells.

The promise of talking about big crowdfunding projects is that since so-and-so made a million dollars on Kickstarter so can you. But it doesn’t work that way, and raising more money doesn’t ensure artistic success. Often times that multi-million dollar Kickstarter project is just shipping more units, not actually creating thicker kunst/tech/skill.

The danger wij face with our obsession overheen financially successful kunst is the same keerpunt wij face with scientific advances, that only projects with instant financial value will be funded. Which is not the way that human skill and culture truly advances. Some scientific research will switch the world but will not have a financial influence for generations — if everzwijn. Kunst is the same. The artist who switches the world may never sell a single thing, but since life is expensive that artist is still tied by their financial limitations.

It’s always bot difficult to fund kunst, this isn’t fresh, the internet didn’t pauze anything. Ter fact, the internet has given us fresh ways to fund things wij believe ter. It’s not just up to artists to become better business people — for some that just won’t everzwijn toebijten. It’s time for us — ventilatoren, volgers, listeners, readers, paramours of kunst, culture, skill — to step up.

A few years ago I backed an experimental brief speelfilm project for $Five. That’s not much money but it’s what I could afford at the time. The filmrolletje looked cool, but brief films are never going to make money. Why would that artist even bother? Why would anyone pay anything for an experimental speelfilm they’d be able to see online for free? But back it I did, and when that filmrolletje came out about a year straks and wasgoed amazing and went viral I wasgoed one of the proud few who’d made it all toebijten. That speelfilm wasgoed Solipsist by Andrew Thomas Huang who went on to make a music movie for Bjork (NO BIG Overeenkomst) and all of that happened te part because of my $Five.

I spent $Five on coffee today, and spil far spil my life is worried that $Five I spent on coffee is gone. But the $Five I talent to Andrew Huang will keep having value to mij.

The internet has given us a way to pay attention to the kunst, skill, culture, and science that may not be sexy enough for the media because it isn’t making any money. Next time you back an ultra successful project, or pre-order a neat tech thing, take a look at other projects, things that look excellent but have no neat prizes or famous face affixed to the project. Throw them a few dollars. Take a chance on funding something fresh, something truly independent.

When you are suggested a pay-what-you-want scale attempt injecting a value true to your life: if you make ondergrens wage you can’t afford much, but paying whatever you can is still valuable. If you make $100 an hour attempt paying $100 for an album, a movie, a book. Many things don’t have immobile prices anymore, but that doesn’t mean wij should just pay less. Because you aren’t just paying for a thing, you are providing the creator financial backing to create more. Paying for existing kunst is an investment ter future kunst.

There will still be people who don’t get this, who think that artists should just make sellable kunst or learn how to run a business, people who believe te a magical meritocracy where money and value are flawlessly balanced and measured out by an invisible guiding palm to those who deserve it. Those people can slide by providing nothing to promote or support kunst, they will proceed to live te a world packed with kunst, surviving on the cultural welfare of those of us who do support kunst.

There will always be people who think crowd-funding is charity, who see project creators spil beggars looking for handouts. You might be one of them. And mostly I feel bad that you won’t be at the party, because it’s a good party. I speak not only spil an artist, I speak spil a supporter of medicus. I’ve backed more Kickstarter projects than I have launched for myself. And every time I see a project fund, and then a fresh lump of kunst come into the world, I feel proud and blessed to be part of it.

Your money is your time. Your money is your choice. Your money is a instrument you use to make the world around you.

What world do you want to live te?

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