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Artpod: Arts Patronage 2.0

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Michigan artists are turning to websites like Kickstarter to raise funds for their projects.

On today's Artpod, we'll take a look at how the image of the "rich" arts patron is starting to be re-imagined, thanks in large part to the internet.


Meet the artist...

We'll meet Dave MacDonald, a grad student finishing up his doctorate in music composition at Michigan State University. He wanted to get paid to write a new piece for saxophone, so he posted his project to a website called Kickstarter, where MacDonald says "anybody can be an arts patron and it doesn't require millions of dollars.

Meet the patron...

So what does the "new" arts patron look like? For that we'll turn to Grand Rapids resident Joe Force. He never contributed to any arts projects before Kickstarter. But now he checks out the site regularly, where he can contribute to projects from the comfort of his desk. So far he's funded at least 5 projects, and he says its feels "kind of nice to be a micro philanthropist of odd-little projects!"


Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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