I looked at Kickstarter to help fund The Dusty Swan (nee Ludo O'Dillo's), the irish pub. The feeling I got was that Kickstarter was definitely geared toward art projects. However, I have since seen several theme camps use it, and apparently with success. And what is art, anyway? We have built a quaint Irish pub in the middle of the desert, and hosted some fabulous musicians for live seisiuns.(You can see the video on our site, http://www.thedustyswan.com
.) Check it out and tell me if that's not art!
Between the gas to get the truck from Philly to BRC, 10 kegs or more of beer, many cases of Guinness, and enough Jamison's, Bushmills and Fekkin' Irish whiskey for 6 nights of shots and Irish coffee, and you're looking at operating costs of $4,000 and up just for Burning Man. Add in the regionals like Playa Del Fuego and Transformus, and it goes up from there. That's not including any personal or infrastructure costs -I happily bear that in support of my dream.
Our fabulous campers do pay dues, which helps offset some of the cost. And we have a fundraising option on the website. (with a very cool carabiner-handle mug as a thank you gift!) But even with camp dues and a successful fund-raiser, I'm still funding several thousand dollars myself. With a kid heading to college, I have other things I could be doing with that money.
I guess the point of this rambling message is that, ultimately, the responsibility of bringing your dream to the playa rests wth the individual. Pursue whatever means you have at your disposal to fund said dream. Some will support you. Others will call you a capitalist tool selling out. You need a thick skin in this game.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to go check out Kickstarter!