Yes, there is a paying audience for great Second Life art, and yes, they are willing to pay quite a lot to keep it thriving. That's my take to some pretty impressive news: Last night, the Toronto-based artist known as Bryn Oh in SL raised over $6000 in crowdfunder donations to restore and maintain her SL work Immersiva for a year. Just as impressive (and let me break this down):
- Bryn's original goal was to raise $5400 in 60 days. Instead, she raised over $6000 in about a single day.
- There was so much enthusiasm for Bryn's crowdfunder, IndieGoGo put it on the site's front page. (It's still up there now.)
- Along with filmmaker Peter Greenaway, who contributed enough to pay sim tier costs for six months, there were other large donations: One individual donated $1000, a company donated $500, three folks put in between $100 and 250.
"[I] had wondered if 60 days was enough so it was very heartwarming to see it achieved in one day," Bryn Tells me. "Indiegogo will keep the campaign going for the 60 day duration then transfer whatever amount is donated to me on the following morning." The $1000 donor was educator Selby Evans (Thinkerer Melville in SL), with $500 from Entermeta. See all the donors here.
More updates soon, but the bottom line is this: Immersiva will rise again. And with it, the chances more great, crowdfunded innovations in SL.