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A Membership Tool To Preserve Cultural Spaces in Our Cities

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What Friends Say

Alanna Heiss Founder, MoMA PS1
The financial challenges to starting and running art spaces today are staggering, but the team at Withfriends knows that better than anyone. This platform may offer exciting new options for a whole new generation of artists and organizers.
Sumeet Shah Chief Strategy Officer, NewsPicks USA // VC in Residence, Galvanize // Alum, Brand Foundry VC
There’s been a massive shift in the desire for more cultural events and meetups, but many of the current systems don’t actually work well for the young organizations that are shaping this future. Withfriends has been bridging these gaps and the overwhelming demand the team has been getting is absolutely fantastic. I’m proud to have known the duo leading the way for a while, and they’re just getting started.
Rich Awn Magick City, Shared Kitchen Operator
Withfriends has been a game changer for us. By allowing guests to become members of our Community Arts Space and Shared Kitchen, it not only gives us the opportunity to connect deeply with sympathizers supportive of our mission, but we can do things specifically for them -- offer exclusive access to our growing music database, free admission to public events, complimentary drinks at events, or access to products from our kitchen. We encourage all our promoters and private bookings to use Withfriends as their ticket sales portal, as it makes promotion and attendee management a breeze. I wish I had more than a blurb to sing their praises but I'm grateful to have the Withfriends team working with me on this ever-evolving space!
Jeff Stark Event Organizer, Nonsense
Artists, collectives, and independent venues should be working together to share audiences and support one another. I use Withfriends because I believe in independent arts and culture in New York City.
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo Touring Musician, Sammus
As an artist who wears many hats, I love the way that Withfriends allows me to integrate different streams of income while still being fully in control, whether it’s crowdfunding resources for the communities I care about the most or tracking ticket sales for a show.

In the news

Kunal Gupta / Babycastles - MICA Game Lab
March 7, 2018
Kunal Gupta is an artist, programmer, musician, and entrepreneur. He's founder of Babycastles, an art gallery for independent video games, co-founder of Silent Barn, a collectively run art & music venue in Bushwick, and performs in electronic music trio Loud Objects. He's now founder of a new startup, Friends (, a crowdfunding tool for event organizers.
2018 withfriends - Do More With Friends - Medium
December 29, 2017
There are so many exciting things for us to share with you all in January. We have got a whole new look and feel coming up, a fresh intro video, and we'll be growing our team! See you in the New...
Friends Founder, Kunal Gupta - ColumbiaVC - Medium
December 5, 2017
According to Kunal, Friends is the answer to a major issue plaguing American cities. Art venues are disappearing rapidly and with no ability for the people who love them, to directly help them stay open. Working to bridge that gap, Kunal and his co-founder, are going to create a more just world, full of beauty and art.
Updates for Friends: Week of 9/21 - Do More With Friends - Medium
September 23, 2017
We gave a talk opening for David Byrne at Ideas City. We launched 2 more pilot accounts. We're now at 4 launched, 4 in setup, and 75 in progress. Our conversion to supporters has been consistent so far!
Joyful Noise in Silent Barn, an Alt-Arts Mecca in Brooklyn
January 1, 2015
The first Silent Barn was born in 2006, an art-covered Shangri-La for hipsters, with old couches perched on flights of risers in the main performance space and a dingy basement that housed Mr. Gupta's pioneering video-game collective, Babycastles. In the summer of 2011, the place was vandalized and had more than $15,000 in furniture and equipment stolen.
At Babycastles, Arcade Games to Make You Cry
May 14, 2015
ON my first visit to Babycastles, an independent arcade in Queens, I watched as two young women explained to a friend the rules of a video game. It didn't involve fighting, special moves or guns, but it was full of big-headed cartoon characters wandering through a jewel-toned landscape.
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