Question #2: What's Kickstarter? It might be best for them to answer that themselves:
Here's the deal: there are creative people everywhere. Thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to spread the word about a particular project, be it music, writing, crafts, or anything else. It's also easier to find an audience (or a creator!) for those niche things you thought only you loved.
There's still the same obstacle that's plagued artists of all sorts for ages, though - funding. Whether someone's doing a project that's a labor of love or looking to get a business off the ground, they'll more often than not need money to get the ball rolling. They can front the money themselves and hope to make it back (and more) through sales of whatever they're making, but that's a pretty big investment.
That's where you come in. Kickstarter allows you to get your Medici on and patronize your favorite projects and creators. Someone starts a project, asks for funding to go through with it, and offers levels of rewards for varying donations. If the monetary goal is reached by the project deadline, you're charged, the project is funded, and you get your reward! If it (unfortunately) isn't, you aren't on the rope for anything and there's no money lost. Pretty sweet deal, right?
Kickstarter has hundreds of awesome projects. Here at Upstart Projects we highlight, discuss, and review some of our favorites. If you have one you want us to look at, or are a creator looking to get a spotlight shined on one of your own projects, feel free to let us know!