Iquo B. Essien
Crowdfund Your Dream
An online course and digital workbook for self-producing artists and creatives
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I’m Iquo B. Essien, Founder of Crowdfund Your Dream. With a degree from Stanford University, I got my start in global communications and marketing at nonprofits, startups, and Fortune 500 companies.
When I enrolled in NYU graduate film school, I never imagined what an uphill battle making movies would be—until I had to raise money to hire a crew for my second year short film.
With no mailing list and a (pitifully) small web presence, I launched a crowdfunding, e-mail marketing, and letter-writing campaign that raised $15,000 in four weeks.
I was amazed at how friends, family, colleagues, and even an equity investor stepped up to support me. And since 2012, I’ve helped other artists and creative businesses raise more than $50,000 to fund their projects. I’m eager to share what I learned with you.
My Crowdfund Your Dream course teaches self-producing artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and creatives how to fund their dreams. Learn how to tap into your community, map your fundraising strategy, manage your campaign, and make some noise!
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Frequently asked questions
Hosted by Iquo B. Essien, Crowdfund Your Dream is a LIVE online group coaching course that teaches people with zero-to-intermediate fundraising experience how to raise money for their creative projects. The course employs grassroots strategies including, but not limited, to: crowdfunding, platform-building, social media engagement, e-mail marketing, direct mail, and networking. In the course, Iquo guides participants using the course workbook, bonus materials, and exercises, teaching them how to raise money, build community, and a solid platform for their creative goals. The course philosophy follows the mantra: It takes a village.
The group meets online for 1 hour per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Each group is capped at 10 participants per 4-week cycle. In addition to the coaching course, workbook, bonus materials, and e-mail support, participants gain access to the 24/7 members-only community on Facebook.
The Crowdfund Your Dream workbook, purchased individually, costs $89. The Crowdfund Your Dream course costs $497 payable at once, or in three installments of $199 billed monthly. If you’d like to work with me one-on-one, please e-mail email@example.com. Rates for individual consultation begin at $1500.
Should you be unsatisfied with the Crowdfund Your Dream course, you are entitled to a 50% refund within 30 days. This is equivalent to the course purchase price less the nonrefundable cost of the workbook and bonus materials (a $250 value). All sales of the Crowdfund Your Dream workbook and bonus materials are final.
“As a filmmaker and professional, I’ve helped raised more than $50K for creative projects. But in the crowdfunding world, there’s little understanding of the particular challenges faced by self-producing artists from marginalized communities.
I’ve watched countless campaigns fail because artists lacked access to basic fundraising and marketing tools, video production and copywriting resources, campaign best practices, and a plan for adapting their approach to meet their specific needs and communities. With so many colleagues reaching out to me for help, often in the middle of failing campaigns, I recognized the need for an intervention far upstream. That’s why I created Crowdfund Your Dream.” — Iquo B. Essien
Take 30 days to implement the Crowdfund Your Dream course, workbook, templates, and strategies to raise money for your creative project. If you’re not satisfied with the results, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a 50% refund on your CYD course purchase. This is equivalent to the purchase price less the nonrefundable cost of the workbook and bonus materials (a $250 value). All sales of the Crowdfund Your Dream workbook are final..