One way I annoy everyone around me.

I can drive a person crazy.  I can drive a person mad.  (That’s my belated Happy Bday tribute to Mr. S, BTW).

Here’s how:

When I fall in love with a song, I listen to it over and over and over. For example, if you came by my office last week pre 10 AM or post 6 PM, you would have heard Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” 3 or 4 times in a row, easy (I mean, you can’t NOT be in a great mood after listening to that tune).  A few weeks ago it was “Til I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies.  Before that it was the American Idiot video of “21 Guns”.

And when I say over and over and over, I mean over and over and over until people start throwing things at me.

But come on, you do it too, right?

There’s just something about music that gets under your skin, and into your soul . . . so much that you want to sing along, right?

Here’s my question:

When you fall in love with a movie, how many times do you watch it in a row?  Do you ever put in on a loop and watch it consecutively like I do with my favorite albums?  What about a book?  How many times have you read your favorite book?  2?  3?  Maybe?  Ok, ok, yes, a movie and a book require more of a commitment than listening to a 3-5 minute song.  But what about a great article?  Or a short story?  Or a sitcom?

How many other forms of entertainment do you experience repeatedly like music?

None.

My point is that if you’re writing a musical and your music sucks . . . so does your show (Ironically, the music can be great, and your show can still blow.)

Give us great music, and we’ll gorge like me with a bottomless basket of chips and salsa at Chili’s.

Which brings me to a second way that I annoy people . . .

Someone that you don’t know may want to give you money for your project.

One of the most FAQ I get is “How do I raise money for my show?”

While raising money seems like one of the greatest challenges you will face, it’s not.  Creating a great show is a lot harder than raising money for it (and if you do the creation right, the raising part will be easier than passing Obama’s Health Care plan if Scott Brown wasn’t in office).

Raising money takes creativity, like our ladies involved in the “Producer Off” (who, by the way, lost a pair of oven mitts last week . . . it’s getting steamy over there).

There are people out there that will fund anything.  Think about it.  Imagine the worst show, the worst art exhibit, the worst book, restaurant, movie, product, etc. that you have ever paid for.  Someone invested in it or donated to make it happen.  And if those crap-tastic things can find funding, certainly you can, too!

I call this The Moose Murders Factor.  And I remind myself of this mantra whenever I start searching for the right people to invest in my shows.

They’re out there . . . you just have to find them.

Here’s a website that’s trying to help folks like you find funders.

It’s called Kickstarter.com and it’s a self-proclaimed “funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers . . . ”

Here’s how it works:

You post a project with a fundraising goal.  People see it (and you push people to it). People fund it, sometimes a dollar at a time.  You reach your goal, you get the cash.  You don’t reach your goal, you get zilch (this more or less guarantees the funders that your project will be completed).

Pretty simple, right? (You can read more about it here.)

The biggest catch is that Kickstarter isn’t open to everyone yet.  Projects are accepted by invitation only.  But, it was founded by a guy in Brooklyn, so I figure if we can’t find some invites, we can all just go bang on his door until he spreads some love to Producer’s Perspective readers.

My only other annoyance?  Theater isn’t a category/tag.  While you can post a project about anything (and there are a few theater projects on the site), you can’t filter by it.  Once again . . . dude, you live in Brooklyn, there are a zillion theater peeps living seven to a room just a few blocks from you.  Help ’em out!

And if we can’t get some assistance from KS, maybe one of you entrepreneurial web geniuses out there will start your own version just for the non-profit performing arts.

Because Moose Murders got money.  So can you.

Need more tips on how to raise money for your project?  Click here to read all my best practices.

The Producer’s Perspective: Year 2 . . . in book form!

I celebrated my second blogging birthday this past October 14th.  Two years! Whew!

Like last year, I took all the entries over the past year and put them into book form, for those readers out there who like to flip rather than click.

Today I’m proud to announce that The Producer’s Perspective: Year 2 is now available!  Get it here.  And if you buy before 12/31, you can save 10%.  Just click here and enter code HUMBUG at checkout.

In a few weeks, the book will be on Amazon and yep, available on the Kindle as well!

The Producer’s Perspective:  Year 2.

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Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

I'm on a mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

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