Matched crowdfunding for artists and arts organisations

Supporting a dynamic and captivating English arts scene

Working with England’s most exciting artists and arts organisations, alongside Arts Council England and Nesta, we distributed £125,000 of extra funding towards a range of arts crowdfunding projects. 

The fund is now closed, you can check out the projects involved below. Nesta undertook in depth research and evaluation as part of the programme, which demonstrated the positive benefits of the crowdfunding process for arts organisations.

New to crowdfunding? Get the advice you need to start raising money for your idea - find expert guidance at the bottom of this page.

Projects that fit the bill

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Is this a Waste Land? East Sussex

We're making a new head-phoned, participatory live performance for disused urban spaces which offers new ways of being together.

Successfully overfunded

  • 63 supporters
  • £4k raised
  • 28 days
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One Dress Greater London

Using traditional couture crafts to illustrate a voice for women in a single unique textiles artwork; One Dress.

Successfully overfunded

  • 65 supporters
  • £4.1k raised
  • 17 days
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The Opera Story: Snow Greater London

Snow: an immersive opera never seen before. World Premiere in February 2017 at the Bussey Building, in London.

Successfully overfunded

  • 78 supporters
  • £7.4k raised
  • 35 days
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Fidel: a musical Hampshire

Help our musical go to the Edinburgh Festival and beyond!!!!

Successfully funded

  • 51 supporters
  • £5k raised
  • 28 days
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Relative Poverty South Yorkshire

Raise awareness of destitution through documentary artist residencies with families in Doncaster Dec 2016 - Mar 2017.

Successfully funded

  • 49 supporters
  • £4k raised
  • 30 days
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Broken Abacus Cornwall

Promoting excellence in Cornish Creativity. Creating the go-to online hub for connecting Cornish artists with art lovers anytime, anywhere.

Successfully overfunded

  • 49 supporters
  • £6.1k raised
  • 29 days
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Save Redwing Arts and Community Hub Cornwall

Our building is under threat from development: We need help to secure a long-term base for Redwing arts and community hub.

Successfully overfunded

  • 48 supporters
  • £22.3k raised
  • 42 days
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The Pixies' Scarf Bristol

To make and tour a new visual puppet show for families called The Pixies Scarf, and start our new Outreach programme for kids!

Successfully funded

  • 75 supporters
  • £4k raised
  • 28 days
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Threshold Festival 2017 Merseyside

Help Threshold continue to bring music & arts to new audiences; providing a platform for collaboration, artistic development & experiment

Successfully overfunded

  • 154 supporters
  • £11.5k raised
  • 28 days
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Focus Africa Music Festival 2017 Greater London

A brand new multicultural night in the heart of London, at RichMix, East London’s No1 independent arts venue: 15 live acts and DJs

Successfully overfunded

  • 26 supporters
  • £6k raised
  • 42 days
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Picasso's Women Greater London

We seek to raise support for performances of three of Brian McAvera's 'Picasso's Women' at Art Galleries in 2017 & 2018.

Successfully funded

  • 37 supporters
  • £6k raised
  • 49 days

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England champion artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They invest public money from government, and money raised by players of the National Lottery to support activities from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. This extra funding is supported by Nesta and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).