Crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project or organisation by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, has been growing substantially in recent years. Thousands of people and organisations across Europe have raised funding through crowdfunding platforms, including cultural and creative projects.
How does crowdfunding work for the cultural and creative sector? What type of finance can you raise through crowdfunding? How do you select the right platforms? What are the do’s and don’ts when setting up a crowdfunding campaign? Can crowdfunding be matched with public grants or private sponsorship? Crowdfunding4Culture aims to help you find answers to all these questions and many more.
Who is this website for?
Crowdfunding4Culture is aimed at cultural and creative professionals (freelancers as well as organisations), crowdfunding platforms, backers, as well as local, regional and European policy makers.
Crowdfunding4Culture has the ambition to become a European wide information hub for anyone who wants to learn more about using crowdfunding in the cultural and creative sectors, the different models and platforms, lessons to learn from (un)successful projects and tips and tricks on crowdfunding campaigns.
What information can I find here?
As a cultural/creative professional you can explore different platforms and projects and find information and guidelines about crowdfunding. You can read more about opportunities and challenges of using crowdfunding or find inspiration from other professionals in the sector that have used crowdfunding. Help us bring the knoweldge of crowdfunding 4 culture to a higher level by participating in our research. Take 5 min anonymous creative survey and share your views and experience with crowdfunding.
As a crowdfunding platform, you can learn about opportunities of crowdfunding in the cultural and creative sectors as well as existing barriers. Here you can find information about other platforms across Europe, their business models, and learn about existing partnership models between platforms and other types of finance such as grants or business angel funding. We are looking for crowdfunding platforms to join our research as partners. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help us bring the knoweldge of crowdfunding 4 culture to a higher level by participating in our research. Take 5 min anonymous platform survey and share your views and experience with crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is opening new ways of conducting philantropy and patronage as well as investing in the cultural and creative sectors. As a foundation, corporate or philanthropic organization, or individual investor you can explore the diversity of cultural and creative projects being crowdfunded across Europe, understand the difference between platforms and their funding models as well as find new ways of supporting bottom-up cultural intiatives. We are looking for foundations and philantropic organisations to join our research as partners. Please send us an email at email@example.com for more information.
Help us bring the knoweldge of crowdfunding 4 culture to a higher level by participating in our research. Take 5 min anonymous backers survey and share your views and experience with crowdfunding.
As a policy maker, you can examine the crowdfunding ecosystem, read on existing match-funding initiatives across Europe and find policy inspiration. Share your views on crowdfunding and help enrich our research by taking 5 min anonymous policy survey.
Work in progress
Crowdfunding4Culture is part of a pilot project “Crowdfunding for the cultural and creative sectors: kick-starting the cultural economy”, commissioned by the European Commission to IDEA Consult and its consortium partners ECN and Ecorys.
The pilot project is divided into four different activities:
In the coming months Crowdfunding4Culture will feed on insights from project owners, supporters, platforms and policy makers as well as from interesting practices and trends to become a growing repository of knowledge and information on crowdfunding for culture.