I never thought that "procrastinating over writing a grant proposal" would be something I'd ever be doing, having been out of academia for a little while. But here I am.

I really want to get the webcast up and running from Above DNA, as well as upgrade our webcast infrastructure from its 1999 level of quality. But I really don't want to spend $10k of my own money to do it, and I think that's what it'll cost.

So what I should do is run a Kickstarter for it, so that all those people who benefit from the webcast who are not in-person customers can pay their share.

But, man. I've been putting this off for more than six months so far. I really, really, really don't want to write it. I can't remember the last time I felt this level of writing-dread.

I so much do not want to write this thing that I'm putting out feelers to see if one of the liquor companies will give us the $10k if we plaster their logo over the webcast for a year.

If you have any idea how allergic I am to advertising, the fact that I'm even considering something so horrible should give you some idea of how much I don't want to write this thing.


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15 Responses:

  1. J. Peterson says:

    Maybe call for a webcast fan to draft the proposal?
    After all, it's mainly for their benefit.

  2. When I was working at the Metro in Chicago, Joe Shanahan got Budweiser to pay for a new lighting rig to the tune of $25K, and this was in like 2000. It's certainly possible.

  3. I'd say maybe try to do both? Kickstarter with certain gift levels that will give you some sort of advertisement option for the stream for a year or so. Then have the liquor companies go through that.

    Also, seeing as you are upgrading the entire system to HD. Have you considered seeing if bands would buy the unedited multi-angles after their show? I suppose it would complicate what you are trying to put together but might help justify some costs.

    • jwz says:

      "Do both" means I have to write the fucking thing.

      Trying to monetize this shit is a complete waste of time. This is not Bubble One Point Oh.

  4. Clearly, there is a need for kickstarterstarter, in which people post three-line descriptions of kickstarters they'd like to write, so that professional grant writers can bid to do the job for some percentage of the take.

  5. Robert Edmonds says:

    But Kickstarter isn't a grant proposal system? It's Internet begging.

  6. nooj says:

    Whenever I have this problem, which is often, I expand the scope of the project and add a zero to the end of the amount of money I'm asking for. It's roughly the same amount of work and dread, and it allows a lot more to happen, which makes the work and dread worthwhile.

  7. KC Crowell says:

    Warning you: the only thing more arduous and mind numbing than actually writing and running an online donation campaign is the rewards fulfillment process (ask me how I know!). I get that the reward for people donating in this case would be, "here, you get this shiny webcast," which brings me to my second warning: kickstarter is astonishingly picky about even approving campaigns that don't have physical rewards (with the only consistent exception being bands producing new digital albums).

  8. Yuri Niyazov says:

    You don't know any underemployed English majors that would do this for you for fifty bucks?

  9. nooj says:

    I'm going to buy a shirt, and in the special instructions, write "I'm buying this to help fund webcast upgrades."