There are many ways to raise funds to help gets your arts or music project off the ground and crowd funding is becoming increasingly popular.
Here are 4 of the best used websites:
1. Pledge Music
PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which brings artists and fans together to share in the experience of music as it happens.
With PledgeMusic, fans become part of the music making experience itself, gaining access to exclusive content and seeing ‘Pledger only’ updates that give you an insight into the music like never before.
One of the founding principles is the belief in giving something back to local communities, which is why they encourage all the artists on their platform to donate a percentage of their project funds to a charity of their choice.
Why just download a track, when you can be part of making it?
Artists who’ve used Pledge Music: Megadeth, The Darkness, Duke Special, Ash, Dawn Landes
Not just for music, more than 300,000 individuals, businesses, and non-profits use Indiegogo to raise money online. On Indiegogo, innovators and creators launch campaigns to bring products to life and make the impossible happen every day.
According to CEO of Indiegogo Slava Rubin “we have the ability to be an entrepreneur beaten out of us”.
He adds: “Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s not like Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) was the first person to come up with the idea of a coffee shop.”
He says it’s all about the execution of the idea.
A staggering $4.4 million was raised on Indiegogo for the film Super Troopers 2.
Artists who’ve used Indiegogo: Protest The Hero, American Head Charge
Kickstarter pitches itself as a “new way to fund creative projects”.
The company’s website says they are a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology.
Full of projects, big and small, since their launch in 2009, 8.5 million people have pledged more than $1.7 billion, funding 83,000 creative projects.
Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter every day.
Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects.
Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it follows the rules.
Artists who have successfully used the Kickstarter platform include County Down band The Answer and singer Janet Devlin.
Crowdfunder say they are the UK’s largest crowdfunding network having launched thousands of projects and raised over £4m.
They work pretty much the same as the other sites but one of its main issues is that it is an ‘all or nothing’ platform – you need to raise 100% of your target to be successful and receive the monies pledged.
On the plus side, the company offers a lot of support and top tips for ensuring your project is as successful as it can be on the platform.
Music projects that have been successful on this include a number of festivals as well as high profiled artists and singer songwriters.