Animators Naoyuki Asano and Shingo Yamashita and NPO Animator Supporters founder Jun Sugawara have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to establish dormitory housing for low-income animators. The campaign launched on April 24, 2014 and is trying to raise US$10,000 to ease the financial burden of entry-level animation staff.
The campaign says the average Japanese animator starts at US$10,000 a year salary compared to the average US$40,000 salary. Animators are usually freelancers, work long hours, and end up being saddled with high-cost of living expenses due to the areas where most animation studios are located. The group has successfully funded a single dorm in Tokyo that currently houses two animators and are hoping to move forward with additional dorms to open in 2015 and 2016.
Dorm tenants would also have access to established animators for workshops to improve their abilities.
As of this writing, the campaign has raised US$2,255. The campaign ends on June 9, 2014. Support rewards include specially designed thank-you cards, an art book, production materials, and DVD of the “Kimisora” music video, and supporter portraits drawn by Asano. The music video is a collaboration between the Animator Supporters and Vocaloid composer unit HoneyWorks.