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Launch of Glasgow Crowdfunding Creativity Campaigns

20 creatives launch new campaigns and bid  for up to £10,000 match funding

Nine Glasgow based projects are among twenty creative projects across Scotland to launch their worldwide crowdfunding campaigns, thanks to a coaching and match-funding scheme run by Creative Scotland in partnership with Crowdfunder.

The Glasgow based Crowdfunding campaigns include the restoration and relocation by Sculpture Placement Group of Floating Head, an iconic sculpture by Richard Groom; a new production from internationally renowned producing art house, Cryptic; a virtual comedy festival; new recordings from musicians, Flew the Arrow, Rachel Hair & Ruth Keggin and Starry Skies; a magazine focused on Scottish creativity; Open House Arts Festival and CeilidhFest.

As part of the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch programme, the creatives have been building their campaigns with coaching support from Crowdfunder over the past four weeks. 

Now ‘live’, once projects raise £1,000 from at least 30 supporters they will receive £1,000 match funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Further match funding is potentially available, up to a maximum of £10,000 per project, for those that reach additional funding targets, until the total sum available of £75,000 is allocated.

Jason Nuttall, Programme Director at Crowdfunder said:

Working with Creative Scotland in 2020 was a very positive experience so we're pleased to be collaborating once again on what is shaping up another fantastic round of crowdfunding.

“We had a huge response to this year’s call for entry, with an amazing range of ideas submitted for big and small creative projects across Scotland. Throughout the COVID crisis we have worked with thousands of organisations, so we know that crowdfunding has many positive benefits, even during tough times.

"Good luck to all the entrants, we’re looking forward to sharing the highs, lows, and surprises over the coming weeks.

Jackie Stewart, Creative Industries Officer, Creative Scotland said:

“We’re delighted to continue working with Crowdfunder to help more creative businesses in Scotland gain a deeper understanding of crowdfunding by giving them the coaching and tools to launch their own campaigns. This is a fantastic opportunity for the projects selected to grow their networks, increase awareness of their work and build stronger connections with their customers and audiences.

“The arts and creative industries have been hit hard by the consequences of the pandemic and crowdfunding offers creative individuals and businesses a viable way to generate the income required for creative projects and to sustain and grow a business.

“Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week these creative projects will be supported to deliver a fantastic range of work.”

About the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch 2021 projects in Glasgow: 

Sculpture Placement Group is raising funds to restore Floating Head, an iconic sculpture by Richard Groom, commissioned for the Glasgow Garden Festival of 1988. The piece - a giant cement head built on the hull of a boat - has been out of the public view ever since, and narrowly avoided destruction. It will be relocated to its original location in the Canting Basin, next to Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/floating-head

Sculpture Placement Group commented: “Sculpture Placement Group are really excited about the prospect of bringing Floating Head back to the Clyde, where it was last seen in 1988 for the Glasgow Garden Festival. It’s a really iconic piece of artwork and a great reminder of this significant historical event. We think the piece will be really popular with new audiences as well, and will take on new significance in relation to the COP26 event in the same location. We are delighted to have the chance of match funding from Creative Scotland to support our Crowdfunded campaign, and we can’t wait to launch the campaign and bring back Floating Head!”

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival is crowdfunding for the September festival which will encourage people to explore alternative ways of interacting with the arts, outside of established galleries, museums and arts centres. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gohaf-2021

Amalie Silvani-Jones, Glasgow Open House Arts Festival Director commented:  "We have all really missed engaging together in cultural and community events, and the pandemic has made us realise just how important the arts are for our mental health and well-being! With the help of this Crowdfunder, Glasgow Open House Arts Festival 2021 will bring desperately needed opportunities for joy and togetherness to the local community, as well as support to artists and groups taking part."

is crowdfunding for the November festival in Glasgow. Crowdfunding will also support for the distribution of ‘ceilidh’ packs that will be supplied to families and communities to help them host their own events. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/glasgow-ceilidhfest-2021

Chris Murray and Amadeus Brzezinski are fundraising for Front Left Magazine, a magazine focused on Scottish creativity and following inspiring people who call Scotland their home, through music, art and writing. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/frontleft-magazine

Cryptic is crowdfunding Sonic Surroundings, Sonica’s new series of digital projects aiming to give people a much-needed sense of space and freedom. It will launch with a captivating performance from Glasgow’s electro-pop goddess, Elisabeth Elektra, shot in the Scottish Highlands. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sonic-surroundings

Cathie Boyd, Artistic Director, Cryptic commented: “We need your support please to make Sonic Surroundings. A memorable musical project that aims to transport people to unique locations to hear wonderful music – we wish to bring people beauty, freedom, happiness and most of all hope. Instead of a stage, imagine experiencing a performance on the rooftop of a skyscraper or in an amazing landscape. If successful, our first adventure will be with the fabulous Elisabeth Elektra! Please help us support our local talent and showcase our beautiful country to the world. Let’s travel with music…” 

Folk Singer/Songwriter Lee McGilvray who performs as Flew the Arrow is raising funds to record two new singles ‘Huntress’ and ‘The Warmth & The Weight’. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/flewthearrow

Leading Scottish harpist Rachel Hair is raising funds to record a new album as a duo with acclaimed Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin that will explore and celebrate the cultural and musical links between Scotland and the Isle of Man. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rachelandruth

Rachel Hair commented"I'm so grateful to Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder for giving myself and the Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin the opportunity to fund-raise for our duo album celebrating the links between Scotland and the Isle of Man. It's been a really tough year for musicians, and with no gigging income to put towards new projects, the fact that we can crowdfund and be in with the chance to receive extra funding from Creative Scotland, well, it just means we can finally put into reality our recording plans for the album we have been working towards."

Sha Nazir is crowdfunding for virtual comic festival Cloud Comic Con which takes place from 18-19 June 2021. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cloudcomiccon

Sha Nazir commented: "This Crowdfunder will enable us to produce a one-off virtual event that will have a legacy far beyond its broadcast date. And set in place the groundwork for digital streaming content to live alongside our in real-life events, post covid."

Warren McIntyre is fundraising for a new album by Scottish folk-pop group Starry Skies called ‘Small Wonders’. The new record will be the follow-up release to Starry Skies 'Be Kind' and 'Do It With Love', albums which received significant radio play in a number of countries around the world. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/starry-skies---small-wonders-album

For the full list of projects across Scotland please visit: Creative Scotland Crowdmatch: Meet the Crowdfunders | Creative Scotland

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