I’ve never produced a comedy tour. I’ve only seen financial losses in the shows I have produced. I would like to make it very clear that I have no idea what I’m doing. When I organized Pink Collar I couldn’t make any guarantees about money because “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
I’ve asked the comics to cover their own food, and I’ve taken on the financial responsibility for our printing/publicity costs and finding/paying for housing. Erin Judge volunteered to front the money for gas and donate her car. Carrie Gravenson bought our url address, and did something else on the internet. Abbie Crutchfield designed our website. This has been a real team effort. At the end of this we will split any profits four ways.
I didn’t have enough (any) money to take care of the upfront costs before ticket revenue started to appear. So I decided to raise the start up money we needed through Kickstarter. Kickstarter is an incredible innovation that allows artists to raise money for specific projects online through small donations. Carrie and I shot, and then learned to edit, video. In the first 4 days we raised $1,000. I would like to believe that success was due to sheer force of will. I thought about it hard enough to melt ore.
There are still a few hours left to donate. We’ve exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal by $1,000. If you are so inclined, I personally recommend opting for a level that gets you a CD, mostly because I’m not sure how we’re going to make that happen yet. Like all the upcoming and unforeseen hurdles, I have faith we’ll figure it out.