Redwing Arts and Community Hub is an alternative arts space, where artists of all ages and all backgrounds are valued equally. Their aim is to be a unique venue that is both inclusive and approachable, supporting everyone from professional artists and people with learning difficulties to those with mental health issues or people that lack the technical skills, social skills or financial circumstances needed to fit the commercial norms.
Looking to secure a long-term base, they successfully raised £22,270 from 48 supporters, including a £5,000 match fund pledge from Arts Council England.
Why did you decide to try crowdfunding?
I was aware of Crowdfunder and had been thinking about crowdfunding for a long time. It seemed like the time was right for us to connect with our crowd and ask for their help in raising the funds that we needed.
How is crowdfunding different from how you normally finance or fundraise for projects?
It’s more fun! It’s such a creative process. It was the first time that we put together a video about our organisation and it gave us a chance to get to know our “crowd” and for them to feel more connected to the project. It was a really good team building exercise.
What has happened since you hit your crowdfunding target?
We have been able to carry out essential repair work and the repairs to our floor have in turn meant that more events are happening, with more members of the local community using our venue for a wider variety of events.
What would be your top tips for others considering crowdfunding?
Go for it! Just follow the simple and clear advice on the Crowdfunder website and look out for emails from their team. They might appear in your junk mail folder!
Also, don’t be afraid to ask people for help. Someone will love to shoot a video for you, people will be happy to donate rewards, distribute posters and so on.
• Want to know more about Redwing Arts and Community Hub? Visit their Crowdfunder project here.