Refusing to quit, Luis Tinoco, like other artists here, improvised. In his case, he tested Portugal's first ever Internet crowdfunding company, PPL, to raise the final €3,000 needed to finish his orchestral work.
"It worked," he said.
In 30 days, Tinoco reached and surpassed his fundraising goal. But he was nervous too. While Kickstarter made crowdfunding mainstream in the United States, it's still new in Portugal. That's because artists here are used to institutional funding. Panhandling directly from the public is unheard of.
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