Originally envisioned as an incubator for artists and musicians, Valparaiso based Sonic Pollen is Chile’sfirst social network dedicated to the administration of music shows and booking musicians.
Sonic Pollen could be considered the Latin American version of Gig Maven which over the course of 3 years reached nearly 2 million registered users and 20,000 venues. It was acquired by Reverb Nation in August 2011.
On February 5, 2012, Sonic Pollen successfully raised their first round of funding for $20,000 USD, from FONDART. They are currently working on tweaking their alpha version and integrating feedback from beta users (It launched today)!!!
Administered by the Ministry of Education, FONDART (Development Fund for Culture), is a source of state funding, which aims to contribute to the development of arts and culture of Chile.
A U.S.A. Today story posted 13 November 2011, states that to compete in the $60 billion USD global game marketplace, top studios work hard to recruit the best talent to create their blockbuster titles. It also states that artists from a variety of backgrounds are also in high demand as the industry continues to grow.
“As gaming continues to rise in popularity, cross gender and social boundaries, and expand in what defines a gaming experience, artists of all types will be in high demand to provide all the visual elements we as game consumers expect and at the quality we demand,” says Nick Heitzman, a game developer and member of the faculty at the Guildhall graduate game development program at Southern Methodist University.