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NYF Bowery Awards and Fiverr Shine the Spotlight on Independent Creatives

New York Festivals Bowery Awards, and Fiverr, a global online platform that connects businesses of all sizes with skilled freelancers, have united to shine the spotlight on independent creatives who are working in Audio, Film Craft, Motion Video, and Design.

“We’re thrilled that together New York Festivals and Fiverr will provide a world-class competition to celebrate the innovative freelance work in the industry today,” said Scott Rose, Executive Director, The Bowery Awards. “With Fiverr’s expanded reach, The Bowery Awards will bring more attention to the diverse group of creatives who work behind the scenes.” 

“Fiverr is a global platform that people all around the world come to in order to help them build their business, brand or dreams,” said Duncan Bird, VP of Brand & Digital at Fiverr. “We are incredibly proud of all the creative work that is designed, developed and ultimately delivered through our platform on a daily basis. Creativity can come from anywhere and everywhere. It’s exciting that the incredible talent we have working on Fiverr will now have the opportunity to be recognized through such an amazing awards program.” 

Duncan Bird will lend his expertise to the 2020 Bowery Awards Executive Jury, a world-class, multi-disciplinary jury comprised of innovative leaders at the forefront of their creative arena. Bird brings 30 years of experience to the Bowery Awards, his vast knowledge across a wide swath of creative industries combined with his reputation as a ground-breaking creative leader and marketer ensure that great work from freelancers around the world will be honoured. 

A veteran of the industry known for his marketing talents and digital prowess; he has shared his creativity and business acumen at HBO, Spotify, Glow and Sony Music Entertainment. In his role as VP of Marketing at Sony, Bird created partnerships and events with brands including Unilever and Motorola, and artists such as Outkast and Susan Boyle. Throughout his career he launched and build large and small agencies and worked at multiple agencies including BBH and Anomaly. 

The most recent episode of New York Festivals video interview series, Creativity from the Other Side, features Bird, a champion of the Independent Creative. The ongoing series, hosted by David Sable, Senior Advisor, WPP and President of the Bowery Awards Executive Jury explores how highly accomplished and remarkably creative people drive innovation within business. In his interview with Bird, Sable discuss the importance of the freelancer during this disruptive time, the business of creativity including the proliferation of messages and tech, age in business and creativity, why the Bowery Awards is important, Fiverr’s mission to change how the world works together, how agencies can use Fiverr, and more.

In the spirit of the Bowery proceeds being donated to charity, Scott Rosenbaum of Red Hawk Films donated his time and expertise to produce this socially distanced outdoor interview.

The Bowery Awards feature four category groups: Audio/Radio, Film Craft/Motion Video, Design, and Quarantine Content.  A newly unveiled “Made on Fiverr” category will provide entrants who have worked with the online marketplace an opportunity to enter this unique category group showcasing work created exclusively on Fiverr. All creative work entered in the Fiverr categories will be judged by a jury panel comprised exclusively of Fiverr Pro creatives. 

All Bowery Grand Award winners will receive expedited Fiverr Pro vetting. Fiverr Pro provides the opportunity for the highest-caliber, hand-vetted talent, to offer their services to engaged business buyers on the Fiverr platform.

All levels of winners selected by the Bowery Awards jury panels will result in a curated winner’s gallery with contact information allowing companies, clients, and representatives to contact the independent creators' whose work resonates with their needs.

Proceeds of the 2020 Bowery Awards will be donated to Feed the Frontlines NYC.


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