If a project is successfully funded, Kickstarter collects a 5% fee from the funds collected for creators. Stripe, our payments processor, will also collect a payment processing fee (roughly 3-5%). The complete fee breakdowns are available here.
If a project does not reach its funding goal, no fees are collected.
We established this fee in 2009 and have set an industry standard for creator-friendly funding.
We use this model because we believe in paying artists as much as possible. We’re a tool for going around traditional gatekeepers like agents, dealers, distributors, fiscal sponsors, record labels, and publishers, and we accordingly take a much lower cut than they do.
In 2015, we furthered our commitment to supporting the health of the creative community by becoming a Public Benefit Corporation. This means we measure our success based on how well we achieve our mission of bringing creative projects to life, not just shareholder profits.