While the crowdfunding phenomenon has attracted considerable practitioner and scholarly attention, existing research predominantly reflects a U.S.-centric perspective. This article examines crowdfunding platform creation in 15 European countries. Despite the omnipresent reach of the internet, national boundaries shape the evolution of the European crowdfunding industry. Specifically, crowdfunding platform creation varies across countries and distinct national patterns emerge for crowdfunding activity in general.
Some twenty researchers in human and social sciences, mostly from the information and communication sciences, from CEMTI (University of Paris 8), CREM (University of Lorraine), and international researchers, are currently studying the phenomena of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding in the cultural field in France, the United States, Latin America and Africa.
The internet offers digital spaces that can connect creators and service or content providers with consumers, and with new work, business or financing possibilities. In the sphere of arts and culture, this offers new opportunities for fundraising for events and projects, and for developing collaborative projects among artists, sometimes with public participation. Press read more and find out what the view of the European Parliament is on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing for the cultural and creative industries in Europe.