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Launch of Crowdfunding Creativity Campaigns

Published: 22 Mar 2021

20 creatives launch new campaigns and bid for up to £10,000 match funding

Creative Scotland Crowdmatch

Twenty creative projects across Scotland have launched their worldwide crowdfunding campaigns, thanks to a coaching and match-funding scheme run by Creative Scotland in partnership with Crowdfunder.

As part of the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch programme, the creatives have been building their campaigns with coaching support from Crowdfunder over the past four weeks.

Now ‘live’, once projects raise £1,000 from at least 30 supporters they will receive £1,000 match funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Further match funding is potentially available, up to a maximum of £10,000 per project, for those that reach additional funding targets, until the total sum available of £75,000 is allocated.

The Crowdfunding campaigns include a new non-fiction series from award-winning independent publisher 404 Ink; a new production from internationally renowned producing art house, Cryptic; a virtual comedy festival; a sustainable garment restyling alteration service; new recordings from musicians Amy Duncan, Iona Fyfe, Flew the Arrow, Rachel Hair and Starry Skies; a magazine focused on Scottish creativity; Open House Arts Festival and CeilidhFest, amongst others.

Jason Nuttall, Programme Director at Crowdfunder said:

“Working with Creative Scotland in 2020 was a very positive experience so we're pleased to be collaborating once again on what is shaping up another fantastic round of crowdfunding.

“We had a huge response to this year’s call for entry, with an amazing range of ideas submitted for big and small creative projects across Scotland. Throughout the COVID crisis we have worked with thousands of organisations, so we know that crowdfunding has many positive benefits, even during tough times.

"Good luck to all the entrants, we’re looking forward to sharing the highs, lows, and surprises over the coming weeks.

Jackie Stewart, Creative Industries Officer, Creative Scotland said:

“We’re delighted to continue working with Crowdfunder to help more creative businesses in Scotland gain a deeper understanding of crowdfunding by giving them the coaching and tools to launch their own campaigns. This is a fantastic opportunity for the projects selected to grow their networks, increase awareness of their work and build stronger connections with their customers and audiences.

“The arts and creative industries have been hit hard by the consequences of the pandemic and crowdfunding offers creative individuals and businesses a viable way to generate the income required for creative projects and to sustain and grow a business.

“Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week these creative projects will be supported to deliver a fantastic range of work.”

Find out more about the projects and how you can support them.

Background

For further information about the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch initiative please visit. Further information and resources on crowdfunding including some of the best creative industry crowdfunding examples can be found on the Crowdfunder website.

Crowdfunder is transforming the way people raise money in the UK for the causes that matter most to them. With a passion for tackling society’s challenges, Crowdfunder supports projects that are aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Crowdfunder believes that everyone in the UK is a philanthropist in the making and that they should have the power to make positive change in their communities.  Over £130 million has been raised on Crowdfunder by thousands of businesses, social enterprises, charities, community groups, and individuals across the UK. Further information at www.crowdfunder.co.uk

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

The National Lottery has raised more than £42 billion for over 625,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £1.2 billion has been awarded in the last year to support communities and thousands of organisations across the UK to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/

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