To our Patrons and fans,
Thank you for all the support and we hope everyone has had a safe and happy New Year celebration! Just before the turn of the calendar, we released ‘I Want to Be Your Canary: Reprise’ which is an amazing memorialization of the countless hours and hard work of our team’s production. A huge thank you to Denmo Mcstronghuge for his efforts in creating this masterpiece, along with Zaynava Everrest and Levi Talstag who made the splendid performance and immaculate set possible respectively.
As we go into the new year, our team continues to face the challenges of staff support and fundraising. For those that don’t know, we are an actual 501c3 nonprofit based out of Washington state with a mission to support and promote the arts. We do not do what we do for money or renown, but for showing people the transformative nature of arts in new mediums such as video games. We want to make real arts experiences more accessible through what we do. Our organization is a team of twenty-something folks that each take on various aspects of the work we do from legal to accounting, writing to directing, IT to art and more.
Maintaining our organization is not free, either. We have filing expenses, license fees and so on. While overhead is not high overall, we still rely on public support to allow us to continue what we do. So far your help has allowed us to be what we are. We still have a long way to go, i.e., our volunteers are still unpaid volunteers because we do not have a budget for payroll. We’d love to get to a point where we could have paid staff but we cannot get there without your help. So what are my resolutions for A Stage Reborn this coming year?
Staffing. It can be difficult encouraging and retaining volunteer staff when (1) you have to follow a lot of rules and procedure in a remote nonprofit team setting and (2) everyone is unpaid. We try to incentivize positions by offering things in return such as professional references, networking opportunities, job training and the ability to request and receive (or be reimbursed on approval) for software and other assets in order to do your job. We do have plans to introduce paid positions when the budget gets there for staff that work on a regular schedule and actually produce content (i.e. creative roles and community reps) but that’s still a ways away.
If you’re interested in joining the team, check out http://asr.to/join for our openings or just send an inquiry to HR@AStageReborn.com! We’re very much in need of staff writers and project management before we can move forward on some projects, and we’re always happy to have more community representative applicants! Our legal team is also looking for a law clerk or paralegal!
Fundraising. I hope to resolve fundraising efforts. We cannot rely on revenue from Twitch or YouTube (Bits, Subs, Superchat) because those are considered ‘UBIT’ – it essentially means that, as a 501c3, they cannot be our primary source of income. Luckily, Patreon is fine and are treated as direct donations. After looking back on a mostly quiet year of Q&A Patreon posts however, I’d like to learn what we can do for our current, past and prospective supporters with Patreon to make supporting our organization more enticing. We’ve tried to solicit some feedback over the year for where we can improve but those attempts have been met mostly with silence.
I’ve actually been approached a few times in the past year by folks thinking myself or others receive a portion of our revenue. It actually all goes to bills which are discussed, approved and documented by a board of directors. We’re very open about our policies, procedures and finances so if you have questions, please ask!
Projects. We’re looking forward to our ‘hybrid’ live/webcomic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for 2019 on Final Fantasy XIV as well as the closure of the Aperture Lab A5R jump maze series! We’re also hoping to expand beyond just Final Fantasy XIV in the coming year. Our mission is about a broad accessibility to the arts that takes us beyond just one community. With A Stage Reborn Sings and the upcoming webcomic project, we’re hoping to get new faces and new communities involved in what we do. We’ve also been taking a look at a few other games such as Aion or Black Desert Online to run a project on. We’d love your recommendations!
Currently the official line-up is (in no particular order): A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aperture Lab No. A5R (Savage), A Stage Reborn Sings! and [Spoilers], [Spoilers], [Spoilers].
So in sum, we’ve definitely got a lot of work ahead of us. I commend you for making it this far if you’ve actually read through everything! Thank you! We all look forward to continuing to pursue our mission in making the arts more accessible through these transformative arts experiences.
For me personally, I’ve got the Nebraska state Bar Exam coming up in February so I’ve been quietly studying for that while working full-time at a local firm but you can still find me lurking around our Discord and in-game every so often.
We will be [pausing/stopping] the monthly Q&A for now while obtaining your feedback on what you’d like to see on Patreon and beyond, then updating some things in the coming months to encourage greater participation and contribution on our Patreon! Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!
aka “Wanderer Sabaku”