Ovation, America's only arts network, and RocketHub, a leading crowdfunding platform, are announcing their partnership to launch Creative Studio, a joint initiative designed to assist artists in funding their creative projects. The announcement was made today by Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation, and Brian Meece, CEO of RocketHub, and is set to go live in October.
"As an independent network, Ovation is committed to empowering the next generation of artists. We are inspired and motivated by the level of talent in the independent artistic community; by partnering with a crowdfunding platform, the launch of Creative Studio extends our core mission in a new and innovative way," said Segars. "Creative Studio addresses a very real obstacle that many artists face in obtaining funding for their projects and furthers Ovation's commitment to the arts and digital expansion."
Creative Studio will provide valuable pre-launch tips and training, marketing support, on-air promotion on Ovation TV, social media marketing and on-going support throughout fund-raising campaigns. Additionally, Creative Studio will offer artists and content creators a proven strategy for generating successful funding for their projects.
Ovation and RocketHub are seeking a variety of different projects to launch Creative Studio. Interested participants can visit http://creativestudio.ovationtv.com to review guidelines and enter for consideration. Submissions received between August 4 and September 4, 2015 will be judged by a panel of arts, television and crowdfunding experts from around the country. Each of the top three projects will be awarded $5,000 in seed funding to help jumpstart their project on Creative Studio, as well as a chance to be featured on TV.
"By working with Ovation, we are offering an amazing opportunity for artists to raise awareness for their projects, as well as providing them with the freedom to act on their vision with full creative control," notes Meece. "The $5,000 incentive is an incredible way to boost a crowdfunding campaign, so we encourage creators to submit their projects today!"
RocketHub is one of the world's most-recognizable crowdfunding platforms. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Variety, Rolling Stone, NPR, Wired, The Economist, USA Today, etc. while helping thousands of people raise millions of dollars globally. In 2015, the company was acquired by EFactor Group, a premier business network for entrepreneurs, at a $15 million dollar valuation.
About Ovation TV
Ovation is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. We also offer viewers an exciting line up of Ovation original productions. Ovation TV is available to nearly 50M subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and many other smaller providers and is offered in both standard and high definition, as well as on VOD. In addition, Ovation champions artists through the Ovation Digital Arts network, a unique artist community dedicated to supporting and helping talented YouTube creators grow their brands and businesses. Through The Ovation Foundation, the company is committed to advocating for the arts, nationally and locally, and has provided more than $15M in contributions and in kind support to arts institutions and arts education. You can follow Ovation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and OvationTV.com.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside U.S. Open to legal U.S. residents (incl. DC), who are 21+ at entry. Contest will be conducted as 2 SEPARATE ENTRY PERIODS. ENTRY PERIOD 1 begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on August 4, 2015, and ends on September 4, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET, and ENTRY PERIOD 2 begins at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on September 5, 2015, and ends on September 30, 2015, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Judging will take place until October 14, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. To enter, DURING ENTRY PERIOD 1, go to http://creativestudio.ovationtv.com, and fill out the entry form with all requested information. If you are notified that you are a potential contest finalist, you will be sent a URL, which you should use to set up a crowdfunding project page for your project on www.rockethub.com DURING ENTRY PERIOD 2. Your project must have a crowdfunding end date of November 19, 2015. 3 winners will receive a $5,000 prize each through the RocketHub platform to help launch or support the winner's project. Total ARV of all prizes: $15,000. RocketHub's payment and usage terms apply to prize money. For complete rules, eligibility requirements and judging criteria, go to http://creativestudio.ovationtv.com/contestrules. Sponsor: Ovation LLC.
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