This blog is the result of a research partnership between the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts: the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab.
My name is Michael Weigel and I’m a first-year graduate student at the O’Neill School working on my Master of Policy Analysis. When not working on class projects, I serve as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Doug Noonan as part of the AEI Lab. My current focus is on artistic and creative projects financed through crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter. I’d love to share some of my initial insights.
For this analysis, our team is utilizing a database with information on every arts-related Kickstarter project hosted on the platform since its founding in 2009 up to October 2016. Each listing contains information on the genre and subgenre of the project, the amount of money requested and pledged, the number of backers, location of origin, and more.