digitaltipjar.com was made as an extension of UX4Good by a team led by Patrick of Livemusicnola.com at codemkrs.com SUPER Challenge last weekend ... it leverages paypal to allow tips by credit card, texting, or paypal account. Allows for interaction between fan and artist (when you tip you can leave note for the band). QR codes can be hung at venues for musicians to easily allow people to find their tipping site. The team hasnt stopped working and now Jason the UX4Good Organizer is arranging for his students in Chicago to work on the UX of the app.
I would love to test drive it when I'm back in Nola in March. Anything we can do to further that work would be incredible.
So awesome. Would there be any way to "concierge" prototype this in New Orleans in the meantime?
These are all great strides to further support the music community in New Orleans. Personally, I'm excited to continue to see these efforts moving forward and stay connected to what seems to be an increasingly active topic and effort to focus on improving the financial viability of a city's natural resource (music).
Travis mentions my students working on the projects. There are 19 user experience design students from DePaul's masters program working on the digital extension of Tip the Band. They are partnering with both leaders and artists in the NOLA music community and the Codemkrs.com development team to further expand and bring the idea to life. This is truly an amazing experiment, and thanks for supporting this campaign.
What if the jazz & heritage foundation paid musicians an additional salary per year via grants.. 10 - 30K? How much money do they gather at jazzfest? Could jazzfest fund these grants from profits gained there?
People come to New Orleans is for its culture - music, art, food...
I have met several Danes over the years that are funded by grants from their gov. to pursue careers in music, art, & architecture, perhaps this could be a good supplement so as to not have to fully rely on tips?
For example, the first paragraph here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_...
' In Denmark, culture and the arts thrive as a result of the proportionately high amount of government funding they receive, much of which is administered by local authorities so as to involve citizens directly. Thanks to a system of grants, Danish artists are able to devote themselves to their work while museums, theatres, and the film institute receive national support.'
Check out the State of New Orleans Musical Community Report from Sweet Home NOLA. Insights on the challenges to a community on the edge of poverty:
Scott Aiges of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation says that the average musician in the area makes less than $27,000, is married, and has two or more children. The concentration of musicians can also make it harder for New Orleans performers to improve their lot.
Artists sometimes lack access to tools they could use to improve their position. And musicians are not accustomed to articulating or leveraging their own value. A musician isn’t a day laborer. To simply reach a level of competence, an artist must log thousands of hours of practice and performance.
Yes, more money in the pockets of New Orleans musicians is the first step. Then the "Tip the Band" call-to-action and campaign materials can drive awareness of the local music industry's greater needs, perhaps directing the community to support local musician programs such as:
Copper looks great if the band has a website. I think web-based tipping can help transform tipping from pocket change to a more fair way to get paid. But the online solution has to account for New Orleans unique, organic live music culture.
One incredibly powerful online tool for tipping artists is Copper - www.copper.is/welcome ... it works with Tumblr, Vimeo, Soundcloud, YouTube ...