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The Heart of a Dog – Finances and Fundraising

Unbelievably, in the not-quite 72 hours since our Kickstarter campaign launched, we’ve received $925 in pledges of our $1,000 goal.

This is pretty overwhelming and we are INCREDIBLY grateful.

We’ve heard (directly and back-channel) that some folks are reluctant to give any money over Kickstarter because it requires that you register with the site – I believe all you have to give is an email address in this regard. I gave money to The Hinterlands at the end of ’09 and haven’t received any spammish stuff from Kickstarter since then. I think the reason for the emails is so that when we post updates you get emails saying that we posted updates. Social media stuff.

Other folks just don’t like giving out credit cards online. Fear not! If you’d like to help us out, we’ll be doing three benefit performances at Moct in May – the 6th, 13th, and 20th – three Thursdays. Alternately, you can make a check out to Bad Soviet Habits and send it in by traditional snail mail, which would make the post office happy.

Here’s how our budget roughly breaks down:

Minimal purchases for production: 50

Plane fare: 2 @ 1050 = 2100

Festival registration: 2 @ ~400 = 800

Prague housing for 2: ~700

Minneapolis transportation: ~150

Minneapolis housing: probably free, the MN Fringe is usually able to house out-of-towners

I’m not including meals and such for either city, but this alone brings us up to about $3800. We’ll get a cut of our box office at both Fringes (we’re not charging for the Milwaukee shows, over which we have control, but the Fringes always charge for tickets). Last year Decaffeinated Tragedy generated about $250. If we do very well at the two festivals, maybe we make $800 and our out-of-pocket is an even $3,000 or so.

The pledges to Kickstarter have already dropped this by a third – SO THANK YOU!

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