I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it alone, so without Jo I wouldn’t have raised the money and got all the brilliant contacts, press and radio features! I was worried about how to plan it and how to reach the right people, but after raising the money I needed there are also so many people who now know about Lyrical Light, and have got in touch offering help and support for the workshops. I’d definitely recommend Jo to others – she is uniquely knowledgeable, helpful and supportive.
Rachel Mason, Lyrical Light
We couldn’t have achieved the level of success we had without Jo’s input. Without her help we would have missed several very important subjects – we didn’t know how much effort and attention to detail would be required to make it work. Her understanding and creative suggestions were incredibly useful. With her help, experience, good humour and insight, we hit the target and everyone involved was very very pleased with their rewards.
Dub Colossus, Dr Strangedub (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Dub The Bomb)
I don’t think I would have succeeded without Jo’s guidance. When I started out, I was terrified that I would come close to raising the money, but not quite manage it, then lose everything days before the project was due to start. Jo helped me to plan the campaign carefully in advance, scheduling everything carefully to maximise its impact. I hadn’t realised how crucial the timing of the launch is, and how essential it would be to get as many pledges as possible in the first 24 hours. This worked really well for me – the campaign got a lot of exposure on Kickstarter and as a result, lots of pledges came in from people outside of my networks, as well as from my own colleagues, friends, and family. In the end, I not only recorded my CD, but managed to raise enough money to get a better quality recording. Investing in professional guidance was the best decision I made – the campaign success far exceeded my expectations.
Stef Conner, Riddle Songs
“Very good workshop… thoroughly helped me to understand something that I knew very little about… and much more dynamic than most one-day workshops.”
“The tutor was great – very knowledgeable and helpful. I feel more confident in starting my crowdfunding campaign.”
“All the content was useful. The exercises with the other attendees were surprisingly beneficial. A difficult task was presented in a very engaging and well-structured way by the tutor.”
“The course was excellent – very informative, clear with lots of ideas.”
“Absolutely brilliant course – the tutor really enthused me and did a great job of explaining everything.”
“Everything covered was useful! The organisation was fantastic, good use of slides and interesting.”
Course via FEU Training
From our point of view, there’s no point creating something without someone to create it for. Our Kickstarter campaign has not only allowed us to finance our next project but enabled us to create stronger, and more personal relationships with our audience. We couldn’t… and wouldn’t have tried… to do this without Jo’s help. Her ability to explain the often complex process of crowdfunding (well it bewildered us anyway!) in a straightforward manner was vital, her knowledge of the process and timings involved over four intense weeks was central to its success, and we had the constant feeling she was looking over our shoulders ready with advice, encouragement and a friendly push when needed. It’s been a great pleasure working with her and we’d recommend her to anyone thinking about their own crowdfunding campaign.
Tim Whelan, Transglobal Underground
Jo was unfazed by our total lack of experience and very short lead time. She steered us expertly through the Kickstarter process, and was reassuringly unflappable throughout. We really appreciated her efficiency, her encyclopaedic knowledge of crowdfunding and her fair and transparent fee structure.
Lucy Greeves, Turned Red Earth
I just wanted to say how glad I am I enlisted Jo’s help – I know I would’ve backed out of this by now otherwise! I have such an aversion to discussing money with anyone that this would’ve been impossible…
Susannah Bolton, fine artist
Jo is immensely talented and wise, and an absolute pleasure to work with. She gave an excellent talk to my post-grads and inspired some of them to try crowdfunding. Speak to her first if you’re thinking about a crowdfunding project.
Eleanor Mottram, lecturer, MA Arts Management, Middlesex University
Jo gave a talk on crowdfunding to our networking group. She was so brilliant, she knows the market place so well, and even if you don’t know anything about crowdfunding Jo is so engaging you won’t fail to learn from her. In fact I loved her talk so much that I think she would make an excellent TED talker. Would highly recommend her for anyone wanting to learn all about crowdfunding from an expert.
Shona Chambers – manager, Space@61
Jo wrote my crowdfunding campaign after gathering all the info she could about our project. It was wonderful to have her perspective on both funding and marketing. The crowdfund itself worked as its own form of advertising for the project, and resulted in a live performance on the BBC, and a residency at Snape Maltings, in addition to the opera festival for which we were fundraising. Jo helped me to set realistic goals, and kept in touch throughout the process. It was a lot of work, and I couldn’t have achieved such successful results without her.
Cevanne, 1000 Songs