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Creative industries

Supporting creative businesses and freelancers through the coronavirus crisis

With Crowdfunder's Pay It Forward scheme, each pound you pledge will help protect UK businesses during this time of crisis.

The UK's leading creative businesses are being hit hard by the fallout from Coronavirus, but there's help to weather this crisis.

Crowdfunder has partnered with the Creative Industries Federation to provide a way to rally the support of your friends, clients and customers at this challenging time.

Pay It Forward provides creatives with the tech and tools to pre-sell tickets, products, bookings, services and more.

It supports creative businesses and individuals to generate cash right now, to be redeemed against services after the crisis.

This means creative businesses, organisations, creators and freelancers have the opportunity to raise funds and ease the immediate operating pressure by offering the advance sale of the goods and services that their customers and clients love.

Crowdfunder are waiving their platform and transaction fees for projects tackling the effects of the coronavirus emergency. Start crowdfunding without fees today.

How it works


Step 1

First things first, start to create a campaign to pay it forward


Step 2

Tell your audience about you and your story, and what you do


Step 3

What can you pre-sell and deliver after the crisis? We call these rewards


Step 4

Next add your payment details so that you can receive the money you need


Step 5

Now spread the word. Rally your supporters behind your business


Step 6

We're all in this together so share Crowdfunder with other businesses

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Download our expert guide to Pay It Forward

In this time of crisis, we’re offering 100% free fundraising for your business along with support from Enterprise Nation. Crowdfunder are providing the tech and tools for small UK businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings or whatever for cash now on a promise people can redeem the services at a later date. 

In partnership, Enterprise Nation will provide access to free training and support for business, to help with online sales, marketing, cashflow, and diversifying, if necessary.


Join our experts for Accelerator on Facebook

Hosted on Facebook by our team of industry-leading experts, this intensive programme will feature live discussions, peer-to-peer feedback, advice from the Crowdfunder team and the chance to test out your project before it goes live.

This group has been quickly brought together in the wake of the crisis and is a place for discussion, collaboration and sharing ideas. We can all come together and support each other - it might just get us all through this.

Need some help setting up? Let us know and we'll be right back in touch with all the support you need. 

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About the Creative Industries Foundation

The Creative Industries Federation is an independent, not for profit, membership organisation which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries.  

Through our wide network of creative organisations, businesses and individuals, our influential policy and advocacy work and our support services, we connect creatives with the money, markets, government and the opportunities they need to thrive.

Free membership to crowdfunders

As well as crowdfunding to raise urgent cashflow, we're offering creative freelancers and microbusinesses membership of the Creative Industries Federation free of charge for the next six months

Larger creative businesses can also get six months free membership if they crowdfund, so we can support you with relevant news on funding and support while you navigate current challenges.

For more information on joining, please contact [email protected].

More about membership of the Creative Industries Federation