Hey there! We are so excited to be here, and excited to have you here too. Check out what it's all about below!
The story so far:
Button Poetry is an artist-run organization founded in 2011 with the goal of broadening the reach of contemporary poetry, and particularly of performance/slam poetry.
As poets ourselves, we were constantly witnessing live shows where folks who had never seen poetry before are blown away. And we thought: If a hundred random people can see these performances and fall in love, what if we could show them to a thousand? To ten thousand? To a million?
We’ve just recently posted more than 1,500 videos. Our videos have been viewed over 175,000,000 times by people in over 150 different countries. We hear from people all the time about the first poem they ever watched, or the first time they heard or read their favorite poem. We hear from teachers who share Button poems in their classrooms, and how it helps their students finally feel comfortable sharing their own voices. We want to keep making those moments possible, for as many people as possible.
Running an arts business is always challenging. When Button was launched, it was a passion project funded with YouTube revenue. But with internet advertising becoming increasingly unreliable and inconsistent, we’re looking for a more stable, ongoing income so that we can not only continue to broadcast the poems you know and love, but expand the work we do.
What we’ll use the money for:
- Adequately compensating staff
- Paying artists better
- Greater accessibility
- Bringing Button shows to you
First and foremost, we want to make sure we can adequately pay our staff and our artists so that we can keep putting this content out into the world. Beyond that, as our milestone goals show, we’re looking to dramatically increase the accessibility of our content so it can reach more folks who need it. In addition to English captioning on all videos, some of our dreams include adding multilingual captions, having an ASL interpreter at every Button Poetry Live show, creating better print resources for students and teachers, developing an app for writers and viewers, an RV tour to bring Button directly to you in cities around the country, and more! We’re open to suggestions of what you’d like to see from us as well; see below for details.
We understand that not all our fans can afford to support us monetarily. If you like what we’re doing, but can’t afford to help directly, please take a few minutes and share this on social media so we can gather support and keep going.
In addition to the rewards for each tier, all our Patrons (our Buttoneers as we like to call you all, because we are cheesy sometimes) will have the option of being part of our community advisory board, which we’ll use to get feedback on potential projects and more—cities to bring a Button tour to, for example? :)
At the end of the day, Button is about you. It's about bringing this art to you, and it wouldn't exist without you, so we want to know what you’re thinking and what we can do to make Button a better resource. (Note: if you simply want to support us and don’t want to be more involved, that’s fine too, and we appreciate you!)
Questions? Difficulties with the page? Email us at [email protected] or feel free to message us here on Patreon!