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IdeasTap Launches Accelerator: Commission-Free Crowdfunding For Creative People

IdeasTap Launches Accelerator: Commission-Free Crowdfunding For Creative People

Clyde Smith | HypeBot | Aug 4, 2014 – IdeasTap is an “arts charity” or nonprofit based in London that supports young creatives with funding, networking tools and information. To further their mission they launched a commission-free crowdfunding platform with “Cash TopUp Funds” for outstanding projects. However Accelerator is for UK residents only and that’s unlikely to change given the UK focus of IdeasTap. According to the Accelerator launch announcement, Peter De Haan founded IdeasTap in 2008: “in response to the first of the arts funding cuts, to empower young creative people through opportunities, seed funding, arts jobs and career development.” This mix is evident on…

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Crowdfunding: a capital idea for commercial theatre

Crowdfunding: a capital idea for commercial theatre

Matt Trueman | theguardian. | 25 February 2014 – Got a tenner to spare? Forget buying a ticket – these days, producers want you to invest in a West End show. Reckon you can tell a Wicked from a Which Witch? It might be time to put your money where your mouth is. The West End is turning to crowdfunding and it’s looking for a new breed of backer. “Theatre is normally quite an expensive investment,” says commercial producer John Brant. “It generally starts from £5,000 or £10,000 up, which obviously rules out quite a lot of people.” Bant and his co-producer Gavin Kalin are seeking…

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‘Happy Days’ is here again as a musical with crowd-funding

‘Happy Days’ is here again as a musical with crowd-funding

  By James Quinn It may not have graced prime-time British TV for decades, but the iconic American sitcom that made household names of “The Fonz” and Richie Cunningham is to return courtesy of an innovative form of financing. Happy Days – A New Musical is the first major theatrical production to use equity crowd-funding to raise the money it needs to tour the UK. The show’s producers are hoping to raise £250,000 via the Seedrs crowd-funding platform. Investors – who are able to back the play’s six-month run – can put in as little as £10 to help to stage the show. In return, they will…

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Crowdfunding platform Emphas.is goes insolvent amid internal conflicts

Crowdfunding platform Emphas.is goes insolvent amid internal conflicts

Author: Olivier LaurentI’m currently conducting an investigation to understand why the company has failed,” says Pauline Atkinson, the liquidator appointed to Emphas.is, the crowdfunding for photojournalism launched by photographer Karim Ben Khelifa, photo editor Tina Ahrens and open innovation evangelist Fanuel Dewever. Emphas.is was born in early 2011 with an ambitious goal: to allow photojournalists to raise funds for their projects by appealing directly to their audiences. Emphas.is offered photographers a place to pitch an idea for a story, present their budget, and – if they received the necessary funds – keep in touch with backers with exclusive updates and early access to the work. A…

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Kevin McCloud reveals grand designs with CrowdFunding

Kevin McCloud reveals grand designs with CrowdFunding

HE’S known as “the king of the ambitious self-build”, but now Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is “the king of equity crowd-funding too”, says Gabriella Griffith in Management Today. His sustainable housing development company Hab Housing (Happiness Architecture Beauty) has raised £1.9m on Crowdcube – “beating the record for the biggest amount ever raised on a crowd-funding platform”. A total of 649 people are now investors in the company set up by McCloud with the vision of building beautiful environmentally-friendly housing at an affordable cost. “We find it gratifying that so many people have joined Hab’s merry band of shareholders,” he said. The individual investments ranged from £100 to…

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