Kickstarter is a community of creators and backers, and at this time your number one priority should be your health, and the well-being of those closest to you. We’ll get through this together.
We’re continually monitoring whether COVID-19 is having an impact on people supporting projects, and our data shows that backers are still turning up to support creative work.
Our friends at The Creative Independent have put together some tips for Staying Calm and Centered. They also plan to continue publishing interviews and guides for creative people, for those who could use a break from the news. You can subscribe to their newsletters here.
We want to do everything we can to support creators bringing their projects to life throughout this. In Creative Projects in the Time of COVID-19 we share some words of encouragement and empathy.
Our Arts Outreach team has compiled a list of live resources for artists during this time, from best practices for remote work, to emergency grants, and guidelines for nonprofits and businesses. These can be found at Resources for Artists in the COVID-19 Crisis.
For those who work in creative industries, navigating how to support yourself has been a challenge during this time. Our team has put together 70 ideas for how to fund your creative work - and pay yourself - in quarantine.
If you’re a cultural space or creative business affected by COVID-19 closures, you’re invited to launch a Lights On project to connect with your community and support yourself in the process. Find out how to participate on the Lights On landing page, and in this article. And get inspired by live projects here.
To better understand how COVID-19 is affecting creators and their projects, we’ve been keeping an eye on project updates. Understandably, creators are putting health and safety first. You can read more at How Kickstarter Creators Are Coping with the Coronavirus.
Curious how we’re moderating coronavirus-related projects during this time? Our Trust & Safety team are making sure to enforce our rules and keep the focus on creative projects.
And lastly, the best thing that you can do, as a creator, is to continue communicating with your backers through regular project updates. Let them know where you’re at with your project, or maybe share some snippets of what you’re working on while in isolation. Remember, people backed your project because they wanted to support you and your creative idea.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.