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?
Are you a creative or cultural organisation wanting to know more about crowdfunding? Then you are at the right place. As a cultural/creative professional you can use this website to view and compare different crowdfunding platforms and find information and guidelines about crowdfunding. You can explore our 16 crowdfunding examples and case studies and learn from other creatives or cultural organisations as well as access our wide list of free resources to help you with building your campaign.
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 financiers. Can you not find your platform on our platform map? Please fill in the form or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. You can also explore matchfunding partnerships between private funding and crowdfunding platforms to find inspiration and learn how to lunch a collaboration with a platform.
As a policy maker, you can examine the crowdfunding ecosystem, read on existing match-funding initiatives across Europe and find policy inspiration. You can also explore matchfunding partnerships between public funding and crowdfunding platforms to find inspiration and learn how to lunch a collaboration with a platform.
Want to know more? Read our final report "Reshaping the crowd’s engagement in culture"
The study “Crowdfunding: reshaping the crowd’s engagement in culture” maps and analyses how crowdfunding is currently being used for the benefit of cultural and creative activities, and evaluates to what extent barriers hamper the further integration of crowdfunding in the financing mix and broader practice of CCS actors. As the topic of crowdfunding for CCS touches upon the interest and activities of several stakeholder groups (CCS actors, intermediary organisations supporting CCS actors, crowdfunding platforms, backers and policy makers), the research combined the perspectives of each of these stakeholder groups to come to a 360° analysis. The research involved literature review, stakeholder interviews, data and case study analysis, surveys, expert workshops and crowdsourcing on barriers and options for policy action. Read our final report here.