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Launch of Edinburgh Crowdfunding Creativity Campaigns

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

Eight Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh based Crowdfunding campaigns include INKLINGS, a new non-fiction series from award winning, independent publisher 404 INK; ReStyler a brand-new and sustainable garment restyling alteration service from award-winning social enterprise Remode Collective; Ink on Mesh, a community print, and textiles studio facility offering fully equipped studio space from contemporary textiles brand Blessed Unrest; songwriter Amy Duncan is fundraising for her new album ‘Cocoon’; and Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education CIC is fundraising to develop an original outdoor circus & theatre show, 'Positive Imaginings’, that engages children with the issue of climate change and how it is linked to our connection with the natural world, amongst others.

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 Edinburgh

Heather McDaid and Laura Jones of award-winning independent publisher 404 Ink is crowdfunding for the launch of their non-fiction series INKLINGS. The eight titles, part of their series of big ideas in compact packages, are designed for the curious reader, looking to learn more on subjects that they may be interested in learning more about, but don’t know where to start.

Laura Jones, co-founder & publisher, 404 Ink: “What a thrill to see our new Inklings series launched with Crowdfunder and the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch initiative! The idea for this series came mid-pandemic when life was looking bleak for so many people and 404 Ink was in hibernation and now that idea has bloomed into a full series of topics that are vital, timely, and insightful, we can't wait to get the books into people's hands. We're honoured to be working with such talented writers who are trusting us with their words and experiences - we hope we can do them justice and that this campaign will launch the Inklings with the fanfare it deserves.”

Edinburgh based songwriter Amy Duncan is fundraising for her new album ‘Cocoon’, which was written during lockdown. Duncan will be working with percussionist Guy Nicolson and co producer Cameron Malcolm to record the album.  Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/amy-duncan-cocoon

Amy Duncan commented: "I am a music artist based in Scotland and will be releasing a new album next November. It was written in 2020 throughout the lockdown and it is my hope that the songs will resonate widely with people through the shared experience of being in the midst of a global pandemic.  I will be working with PR specialist Black Arts PR who work with renowned artists such as Mogwai and C Duncan. Crowdfunding will cover costs of recording, PR, radio plugging, and a special live stream album launch gig which I will perform with a band in an Edinburgh venue."

Isla Munro is crowdfunding the 100 Days Project Scotland which encourages people to undertake daily creative pursuits which will be exhibited in an annual show. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/100-days-project-scotland

Building on the award-winning album Songs of Separation, Jenny Hill is fundraising for 'SoS Music - ALL SING!'. The project will bring together community choir leaders from across the UK to enjoy a rewarding creative residential which will result in new song teaching resources. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sos-music---all-sing

Contemporary textiles brand Blessed Unrest is crowdfunding Ink on Mesh, a community print, and textiles studio facility offering fully equipped studio space, a wide range of classes and expert technical support to its community. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ink-on-mesh

Lorna Brown of Blessed Unrest commented: With the support of Creative Scotland Crowdmatch and Crowdfunder UK I’m looking to achieve my dream of establishing INK on MESH in the heart of my local community. The studio will allow me to continue to develop my own textiles brand as well as providing invaluable space and specialized equipment for developing, emerging and graduate textile practitioners. I know just how challenging it is to pursue your professional career as a textile graduate without access to screens, studio space and the support networks that college life offers".

Award-winning social enterprise Remode Collective are crowdfunding ReStyler, a brand-new and sustainable garment restyling alteration and mending service in Edinburgh. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/restyler

Producer Penny Davies (co-owner of Smashing Pictures) is working with an all-female team including Director Shiona McCubbin and Writer Amy Hawes to crowdfund their short film 'Maureen'. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/maureen-short-film

Penny Davies commented: "Shiona, Amy and I have talked about working together a number of times, so we're absolutely delighted to have been selected for Creative Scotland Crowdfunder with our short film Maureen. Amy has written a fantastic script, and we have a wonderful all-female team lined up - we can't wait to get going now!"

Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education CIC is fundraising to develop an original outdoor circus & theatre show, 'Positive Imaginings’, that engages children with the issue of climate change and how it is linked to our connection with the natural world. Find out more: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rowanbank

Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education commented: "2021 is the year we must address the climate emergency. Coming out of COVID-19 we have an opportunity to create a new way of living. Scotland is hosting COP26 this year, the most important meeting on climate change since 2015 when the Paris agreement was drawn up. This project aims to both educate and give a voice to children creating a sense of agency and hope for their future."

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

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Notes to editors

Image Credit: 404 Ink - non-fiction series INKLINGS covers

For further information about the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch initiative please visit. Further information and resources on crowdfunding including some of the best creative industry crowdfunding examples can be found on the Crowdfunder website.  

Crowdfunder is transforming the way people raise money in the UK for the causes that matter most to them. With a passion for tackling society’s challenges, Crowdfunder supports projects that are aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Crowdfunder believes that everyone in the UK is a philanthropist in the making and that they should have the power to make positive change in their communities.  Over £130 million has been raised on Crowdfunder by thousands of businesses, social enterprises, charities, community groups, and individuals across the UK. Further information at www.crowdfunder.co.uk

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Further information at www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots

The National Lottery has raised more than £42 billion for over 625,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £1.2 billion has been awarded in the last year to support communities and thousands of organisations across the UK to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/ 

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