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Using annotations to help fund your creative projects

By Andy Stack

YouTube Product Manager

Over the past year, crowdsourced fundraising has exploded as great way to raise money for creative projects. We’ve seen lots of you using platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to fund projects, and we want to make it easier for even more of you to use these tools. We’ve teamed up with these platforms so you can now link directly to project pages on Kickstarter or Indiegogo through annotations.

We’ve been inspired by creators who have funded projects through these platforms, like Freddie Wong’s Video Game High School and James Rolfe’s Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, and we hope this helps many more of you launch the projects you’ve been dreaming about. To use the feature, go to your Video Manager, click “Edit” and select Annotations. You’ll see the following screen, with an option to link to any existing Kickstarter or Indiegogo project page:

Some creators are already using the new annotations feature to help fund their latest projects, and here’s what it looks like:

You can find more information on annotations here, and in our help center. For even more fundraising goodness, we have a page on Kickstarter highlighting some projects to check out, and if you’re interested in being considered for the page, you can share your project with us on this form.