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Posted on: Sunday, January 1st, 2017 by fundit

The Best of 2016 – Find out which projects are in the cool gang

Before we launch ourselves into 2017, let’s take a minute to see who was top notch and ones to watch in 2016. Trends we spotted across Fund it in 2016 were an increase in projects by Social Enterprises and Small Businesses; and the Music category is still the topping the charts.

Big Spenders

5 projects with the most amount of money raised
1. Free Feet Medical *Social Enterprise
2. Seán Hurley 1916 Commemorative statue
3. Zeminar – A Life Changing Day *Social Enterprise
4. ZASKA Debut Album
5. Furniture Crush *Small Business

The Popular Kids

The 5 projects with the most Funders
1. ZASKA Debut Album
2. Them’s the Breaks
3. OUR TABLE *Social Enterprise
4. This is How we Fly – Second Album
5. Frankenstein Bolts – New Album

Blew Their Top

5 projects that went furthest above their target!
1. James O Connor new EP “Day by Day”
2. project:ULTIMATE
3. Black Box to Red Carpet Theatre Company
4. Traitor
5. Flights of Fancy: Art Exhibition

Will your project make the list in 2017? Get that first resolution ticked off and submit your project now!

Here’s to a mega New Year from the Fund it Team

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Fund it Showcase

Posted on: Saturday, November 5th, 2016 by fundit

– We wrapped up Fund it Wednesdays with a Creator Showcase

We have now finished the incredible journey of Fund it Wednesdays with Bank of Ireland for 2016. On 2 November, we returned to Bank of Ireland Workbench in Dublin for the last Fund it Wednesday, and to celebrate, we launched a Showcase of some of the creations made possible thanks to all of you, the Fund itcommunity!

Here are some photos we took to tell the story


A great turnout on the night – thanks to everyone for coming down.

Performance on the night by Patrick Freeman


We had a screening of the award-winning Breathe, directed by James Doherty

Thanks to Creators Mark Cullen of Pallas Projects and Aoife Coyle representing Sarah McGahon Millinery


Artist-Run Europe


Docklands Print Commission: Colin Martin, Mojo Creations, Fermata, The Little Book of Sham


Artist-Run Europe, Cherry Blossom Fall, Beyond Leaving


Kevin Callaghan

Thanks to all the Creators who took part in the Showcase, and we’ll see you for more Fund it Wednesdays with Bank of Ireland in 2017!

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Funding a Project

Posted on: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by fundit

The design and ease of use of Fund it has always been at the centre of what we do. We tried to make sure Funding a Project would be as easy as pie, but, hey, things can always be easier! So that’s why we’ve made this step-by-step guide to walk you through the process.

1. Creating a Fund it account

Like all websites which take payments, we must capture some basic information to ensure your security, and so Project Creators can deliver your Rewards. If you’re new to Fund it, click the ‘sign up’ link in the top right-hand corner of the page, as you must be logged in to fund a Project.

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You will be asked for your date of birth to prove you are over 18 years of age – see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy for details. Enter your email address and create a password for your account.

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You can choose whether you want to receive the Fund it newsletter, then you must agree to Fund it T&Cs and click ‘create my account’.

2. Finding the Project you want to fund

Use the ‘browse projects’ button at the top of any page to find a project you like.

Browse with mouseYou can also choose a Category you’re interested in, or if you have a project in mind, search for it in the Search bar.

3. Start funding

Once you’ve found the Project you want, you can fund it right away by clicking the ‘fund:it’ button under the image…

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Or if you want to see all the details, click ‘read more’ and go to the Project page.

Once on the Project page, just click the green ‘fund:it’ button on the left panel under the image or video.

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4. Choose your Reward

To choose a reward, just click the button beside the amount you want to pledge…

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Of if you’d rather pledge a different amount, enter the amount in the ‘define your own amount’ field

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If you want to support but don’t want a Reward in return, just tick the box.

You can choose whether to make your pledge public or anonymous, then tick the box to accept Fund it Terms & Conditions.

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Click ‘fund this project again’.

5. Confirming your pledge

This page will show a summary of the pledge you are about to make. Click ‘fund this project’ to proceed, or click the ‘edit’ button to make a change.

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6. Enter your credit/debit card details

Enter your card details on the secure Hosted Payment Page processed by Realex Payments, and click ‘fund this project’ again.

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6. Pledge complete – browse for other projects 

Congratulations! Your pledge is now complete. Check out the other projects recommended for you!

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Happy Funding!

 

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Posted on: Sunday, July 31st, 2016 by fundit

Crop Fund it Creator Handbook

Get the details! This extensive handbook has everything you need to know about how to make your Fund it Project a success!

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Fund it Wednesdays at Bank of Ireland: How Crowdfunding Could Work for Your Start-Up or Idea

Posted on: Monday, January 18th, 2016 by fundit

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Bank of Ireland are partnering with Fund it, Ireland’s leading crowdfunding site for creative ideas, to host Fund it Wednesdays, monthly talks taking place throughout Ireland in 2016.

These lively discussion sessions will aim to give you all you need to know about Crowdfunding as an alternative way to unlock funds for a startup through engaging with your customers, fans or social media followers.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Fund it, will be joined by a previous Project Creator on Fund it to talk about crowdfunding, the benefits and pit-falls, and what you need to know about the domestic and international sites to make a decision on which one is best for you.

The first of these drop-in Workbench Sessions will take place on Wednesday, 27 January, from 5.30-7pm in Bank of Ireland, 1 Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2 (map).

Refreshments will be provided on the evening and all our welcome to attend.

For more information contact:
Claire FitzGerald, Fund it

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The Top 10 Projects of 2015

Posted on: Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by fundit

In 2015 almost 8,500 of you jumped onboard and helped bring more art, experiences, literature, education, music, film, joy, enterprise and design into Ireland and the world! Here’s the round-up of the ones you got into the most!

We can’t wait to see what you all get up to in 2016! Happy New Year from the Fund it Team!

A lonely impulse of delightPauline ScanlonDublin Gospel Choir 20th AnniversaryConamara Bog & Sea Week FestivalThe Doggie DoMurmurationsEven Droids Have FriendsScourged - A MemoirLove Documentaries Love Guth GafaBarry Donohue Satori Debut Album

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Christmas Gifts from Fund it Creators

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by fundit

Here’s a list of our top picks from the wealth of creativity in the Fund it community. For something unique, creative and Irish to put under your tree this year, this is your one-stop-shop!

An Obstacle Confusion 

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Illustrated by Wendy Shea for An Obstacle Confusion

An hilarious book about the infamous Barney McKenna from the Dubliners. A book full of the quirky stories and anecdotes that the late Banjo Barney was famous for – with voluptuous illustrations of characters from his life, including, of course, the Dubliners.

David Monahan Photography 

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Image from On Leaving by David Monahan

David Monahan created a series of portraits of emigrants from Ireland before their departure. With his book, Monahan has stunningly captured a moment in Irish history and lives.

Print Block 

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Image from Print Block Makes website

Print Block is a collective of textile designers who create hand-printed textiles and they have just created a gorgeous collection of printed scarves.

Fight Like Apes

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Fight Like Apes album cover by Loreana Rushe

Our top pick for music has to be the critically acclaimed Fight Like Apes self-titled new album. After splitting from their record label, Fight Like Apes turned directly to the fans to fund their most mature album to date.

A Shower of Dubs by Chris Judge

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A Shower of Dubs by Chris Judge drying on the racks at Damn Fine Print

This fantastic print of characters from Dublin’s Docklands was created by artist & illustrator Christ Judge as a reward for the Docklands Arts Fund projects. You can still get your hands on this limited edition print here. Every print that’s sold adds funds to Ireland’s first Art Fund, which will be dedicated to projects in Dublin’s Docklands.

The Cake Cafe Cook Book 

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Image courtesy of The Cake Cafe

This gorgeous book is the perfect gift for Christmas, chock full of wonderful, easy bakes! The stunning graphic design on this little book will ensure it’s never on the shelf for long! After the book was launched through Fund it, The Cake Cafe produced a series of kitchen goodies to brighten up the home.

A Lonely Impulse of Delight

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Some of the artworks created for A Lonely Impulse of Delight, commissioned by So Fine Art

To celebrate W.B. Yeat’s 150th birthday, So Fine Art commissioned a series of fine art prints from some of Ireland’s leading artists.

My First Book of Irish Animals 

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A page from inside My First Book of Irish Animals by Juanita Browne

This is the perfect book for teaching your little ones the wonders of Irish wildlife. From bats to dolphins, they’re bound to have fun trying to spot them!

Would you Marry A Farmer? 

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Would You Marry A Farmer? by Lorna Sixsmith

A hilarious book from Lorna Sixsmith on the life and trials of Irish farmarettes! Fund it allowed Lorna to publish this novel which has launched a series of follow-up blogs, interviews, and another book in the series!

SMORGASBOARD 

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Image of SMORGASBOARD courtesy of Richard Kelly

SMORGASBOARD is the ultimate board game for foodies! You can now find the game in shops and restaurants around Ireland and the UK, including throughout John Lewis stores.

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Fund it in three-year partnership with Bank of Ireland to support the further development of Ireland’s leading creative crowdfunding platform

Posted on: Monday, September 28th, 2015 by fundit

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Pictured at the announcement of Bank of Ireland’s three-year partnership with Fundit.ie to support the further development of Ireland’s leading creative crowdfunding platform were Richard Kelly co-creator of the boardgame SMORGASBOARD; Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts & Co-Founder of Fund it; Michelle Darmody of Cake Café; Dave Tighe, Head of Innovation, Bank of Ireland; and Alibhe McDonagh, cellist with Trio Elatha. Richard, Michelle and Ailbhe have all successfully raised finance for their creative projects on fundit.ie

We’re delighted to announce we will be working with Bank of Ireland to further its support of Ireland’s entrepreneurs and creative sectors, which will in turn support vital ongoing development of Fundit.ie.

Fundit.ie was established in 2011 as Ireland’s first crowdfunding website for creative projects that, in its first four and a half years, has successfully hosted approximately 1,200 projects ranging across publishing, film, music, food, events, fashion, science, performance and more.

The investment from Bank of Ireland over the next three years will help us to:

• Invest in and develop the technology of the site, to future-proof for the changes that are taking place in the industry

• Continue to provide the hands-on moderation which has contributed to its success rate of 72% and higher

• Maintain the Irish owned and operated business model, ensuring knowledge, employment and financing remain in Ireland

• Continue to keep costs low for project creators and help support ongoing costs

• Expand the categories available for fundraising to include heritage, enterprise, community and social projects

• Expand its presence internationally and engage with new markets, leveraging the Bank of Ireland’s extensive network

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts and co-founder of Fundit.ie said “Bank of Ireland was a founding patron ofBusiness to Arts 27 years ago and we are delighted that the company’s commitment remains strong as both our businesses have evolved. This three-year investment in Fund it will help us to develop the reach of the platform, leverage the assets we have and safeguard the future of a key funding tool for so many communities, artists, and projects in Ireland. We are really looking forward to working with the team in the Bank to support their work with the start-up and entrepreneur communities to create a crowdfunding opportunity to help develop talent in Ireland. The core concepts of crowdfunding are transparency and community engagement, so we’re delighted to be bringing in a new partner to Fund it that already know us well and believes in what we do, to help us support the growth and development of the site.”

David Tighe, Head of Innovation at Bank of Ireland, said “As a leading financial services company in Ireland, we are committed to supporting Ireland’s entrepreneurs and the wider communities we work in and we are looking forward to partnering with Fund it to support their ambitious growth plans. We have an extensive programme of activity ongoing to support entrepreneurs alongside the provision of finance including partnering with the Startup Gathering, a major new national initiative as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015. Taking place from 5-10 October 2015, the event will showcase our vibrant startup sector to an Irish and International audience with events taking place in five cities on the theme ‘Start, Scale, Succeed from Ireland’. Our partnership with Fund it is a significant addition to our ongoing support for startups.”

The partnership was announced today with support from entrepreneurs who have successfully funded projects in the past on the Fund it website, including

• Richard and Maggie Kelly, creators of the board game, SMORGASBOARD who raised €8,750 on the site from 113 people who supported the manufacture of their first games. SMORGASBOARD® is now on the shelves of over 80 stores nationwide including Avoca, Brown Thomas and Eason, and launched last month in 44 John Lewis stores throughout the UK. The game has now sold over 5,000 copies, manufactured at the Hasbro Ireland plant in Waterford. SMORGASBOARD.ie

• Ailbhe McDonagh, cellist with Trio Elatha who crowdfunded their debut album Trasnán on Fund it raising €2,595 from 47 fans. After the CD launch at the Sugar Club in Dublin and the subsequent launch tour of Ireland, it has received airplay on many Irish national radio stations. Trio Elatha, who comprise fiddle, cello and guitar, are going on tour in both Ireland and Switzerland in early 2016, and will use the CD to launch a U.S. tour in 2016/2017. Trioelatha.com

• Caroline Ryan and Jennifer Phelan, two of the artists who comprise Print Block textile print collective based in Dublin who raised €4,090 from 84 people. In June this year, Print Block Makes launched a range of five limited-edition hand screen-printed wool scarves available online and at Irish Design Shop in Dublin. Printblockmakes.ie

• Michelle Darmody of Cake Café raised €3,282 from 145 people who funded the design and first print run of The Cake Café Bake Book. Since the campaign, the book was picked up by Thames & Hudson who distributed it internationally, as far away as Australia. The book won an ICAD Award for its design by Niall Sweeney, and was featured at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival. It’s on its second print run. thecakecafe.ie

We’re developing a critical path of developments which will roll out over the coming three years on Fundit.ie.

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Our Top Picks for Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015

Posted on: Friday, September 4th, 2015 by fundit

The Fund it community have been great friends and fans of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival since we launched four years ago. In that time €175,000 has been pledged to 59 Fringe projects! This year marks the 21st birthday of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, so for our top picks we’re turning it up to 11!

Oh! What A Lovely Rose!

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 16 – 19

Remember to Breath

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 7 – 12

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Project Arts Centre, Sep 14 – 19

(Not) Belonging

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Samuel Beckett Theatre, Sep 12 – 14

The Windstealers

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 7 – 13

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 15 – 19

Douze

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 8 – 13

Harder Faster More

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 9 – 13

It’s My Party Conference (and I’ll Cry if I Want To)

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Smock Alley Theatre, Sep 14

Ghosts

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Project Arts Centre, Sep 13 – 14

Stories Through Sound featuring Nina Perry, Crash Ensemble and Adrian Crowley

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Spiegeltent in Wolftone Square, Sep 9

We’re extremely excited about this year’s festival and hope you get to see all these and lots more… Now get thee to a box office!

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Fund it Album Sales Make the Charts

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by fundit

We’re celebrating the first two albums to have had Fund it rewards pre-sales counted in the Irish Album Charts!

Crowdfunding is always the very beginning of  a long and winding road for Project Creators, and we’ve been working with the Irish Recorded Music Association so we can continue supporting this journey for Irish musicians.  Talk to us to make sure you get your Fund it pre-sales counted!

Fight Like Apes, Fight Like Apes

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Fight Like Apes raised €20,687 from 501 funders, offering CD and download copies of their album in their rewards. The self-titled album was released on Friday, May 15th. If you weren’t one of the 501 funders, you can pick up your copy here: itunes.apple.com/ie/album/fight-like-apes

Ríona Sally Hartman, Big Starving Thing

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Ríona Sally Hartman raised €2,415 from 62 funders for her debut album Big Starving Thing which was released last Monday, May 18th. Pick up a(nother) copy here: www.rionasallyhartman.com

Next stop, chart success! Keep bumping those numbers up folks, with Fight Like Apes already at No. 3, we want to see both of these in the top 10!

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So Here It Is… Some Moments We Shared In 2014

Posted on: Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by fundit

Crowdfunding is truly about sharing. Sharing the passion, the journey, the means, the art and the experiences. So we wanted to bring together some of these great moments and stories that we shared with you all in 2014.

Projects We Funded: A small taste of the projects that excited the team here in Fund it Towers:

In Ulysses Proteus Part 1Karen Egan's New album!To SpaceThe Chocolate Fairy Goes to the MarketMy First Book of Irish AnimalsLotos Eaters

Projects you funded: The projects with the most funders in 2014:

AtlanticThe Calvinists Debut Album King of LiesDrop Everything 2014Songs from the Lough Swilly DeltaiD by Blue Teapot Theatre CompanyNew Street Gardens Project

Projects most funded: The projects with the most amount pledged in 2014:

AtlanticOut Of Thin AirGIY's Grow HQ Atlantic: €32,079                          Out of Thin Air: €21,787              GIY’s Grow HQ: €21,564               Drop Everything 2014Daddy PigiD by Blue Teapot Theatre Company Drop Everything: €18,442          Daddy Pig: €12,515                    iD by Blue Teapot: €12,420

Share your story:
What better time than the brink of a new year to start putting those dreams into action?! At this time of festive joy and socialising, take inspiration from all that giving and sharing, and start your project today… after all, there’s no time like the present! (Pun intended, sorry). And if you need a little help, have a look here and maybe take a leaf from the books of some of these beautiful projects:

Ormindo by RIAM OperaFoxglove Album FunditThe Baltimore Watlz

Looking forward to the year ahead:
2015 promises to be an exciting year with the year of Irish Design 2015 and Yeats 2015 celebrations. If you have a project in these programmes, Fund it would love to hear from you.

We hope you have a very happy and inspiring Christmas and holiday season, from all of us here at Fund it!
*Andrew, Claire, Rowena, Margarita and Camille*

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Get the low-down on Crowdfunding

Posted on: Monday, December 1st, 2014 by fundit

From Us to U

Fund it will hold a series of free introductory Crowdfunding workshops in Dublin, Cork and Sligo in the new year. Our expert team of Fund it Moderators will be joined by experienced Creators to show you how you can tap into your network to bring your creative dreams alive!

Is it for me?
This is an introductory workshop for people with dreams who want to learn how to crowdfund them into reality.

What will I learn?
This workshop will cover the 4 phases of a crowdfunding campaign:
Phase 1 – Prepare Yourself
Phase 2 – Prepare your Project
Phase 3 – Running the Campaign
Phase 4 – Completion

When and Where?
The first of the workshops will take place at 5pm on January 13th 2015 in The Liquor Rooms:
7 Wellington Quay
Dublin 2
(downstairs in The Clarence Hotel)

Sign me up!
To book a place on the workshop, please email with your name and artistic area of interest (e.g. film, music, design, etc).

We look forward to seeing you there and watch this space for details on more workshops in the series in the coming months!

We are delighted and proud to say that this series of workshops is generously supported by IMRO

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Three Years of Music On Fund it – The Stats

Posted on: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by fundit

As you can see from our previous posts here and here, we’ve been doing some digging around to find out more about music projects on Fund it. And since pictures tell a thousand words, we’ve put together this infographic to share some more of our findings with you:

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– Research by: Effy Yifei Yu

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Putting Music in the Spotlight

Posted on: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by fundit

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Here in Fund it towers we’ve spent the last couple of months burrowing away through data, to try and get a better insight into our fastest growing category… Music projects have been going from strength to strength, increasing by 40% in the last year alone and we want to share some of our findings with you. To do this, we’ve looked at all of the projects listed in the Music category; but music isn’t just about recording, so we’ve also looked at the music projects which crop up throughout the site, in almost every category, from gigs, festivals, videos, performances, art, books, fashion and technology. Since the first (Mr. Ebby Wires) successful music project happened on the site, music has become integral to the Fund it community. Music projects now make up over a third of all pledges on Fund it.

We know that pledges to music projects tend to be a little lower, and durations of music crowdfunding campaigns tend to be a little longer. A number of factors influence this. Notably, 60% of all recording projects on Fund it are for debut recordings, meaning a tendency to play it a little safer when crowdfunding. These types of projects reflect a younger audience demographic too. Notably, as 77% of those debut recording projects are successful, it shows that crowdfunding is a way for friends, family and fans to facilitate emerging artists to create the music they want to hear. But it is not just about the newbies though! More established artists using Fund it to record albums have seen almost a 100% success rate, showing that the direct-to-fan route can work at all points in your career.

An interesting pattern appears when we look at when Music projects are being funded. The autumn , particularly September and October are the quietest for music campaigns. December, March and July are the busiest!

As for where music projects are being successful, we see County Sligo punching above its weight, sitting in the top three counties – alongside Cork (second) and Dublin (first) – for amounts pledged to music projects. It’s clear that the musical roots are holding their own against population numbers, with Clare and Galway, which are steeped in music talent, coming in fourth and fifth on the list.

*Bonus *

We have been talking to several music project creators about their project progress, interaction with fans, and delivery of the rewards. Here’re some snippets of our interesting conversations. Want to know more? Click on this link to read the full blog post.

Julie Feeney: ‘I have been meeting my followers frequently at live shows after the campaign, and I’m so grateful that they are supportive of all the works that I’ve been involved in.’

Mister Ebby: ‘The most fun reward was the backing vocal bit… the small crew of people who came along had a blast… we ended up sampling the two kids chatting.’

Aoife Scott: ‘Knowing that people believe in you is just an incredible feeling I would definitely consider crowd funding again.’

Chequerboard: ‘It’s an enormous boost to know people believe in what you’re doing and it gives you a lot of energy and momentum that might be difficult to muster otherwise.’

– Research and writing by: Effy Yifei Yu

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Calling All Designers, Crafters, and Makers…

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by fundit

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Here at Fund it we believe in great design, which is why we’ve teamed up with House and Home and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) to celebrate just that.  We want to help you bring that ideal product to market, and shine a light on beautiful design in the everyday.

If you’re a fan of excellent design for the home, you’ve experienced the ‘Aha!’ moment. It’s that little glimpse of joy you feel when you handle a product that makes a task you thought was already simple, even simpler. Either that, or it’s just too beautiful for words. It’s a product that shows the possibilities of good design and craft, proving that both are for everyone and that somehow, they just make life better. Within minutes, it’s in your shopping basket.

The House and Home MAKE IT Awards 2014 in association with DCCoI and Fundit.ie, is on the hunt to find just such a product. Not only that, but we have combined our industry expertise to help get the winning product to market. This is an open call to professionals, graduates and students in the Irish craft and design industry.

Have you got what it takes to
MAKE IT?

Click HERE for entry form!

AWARDS & PRIZES

OVERALL MAKE IT AWARD
(Sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland)
For a product that boasts intelligent design which combines form and function, innovative use of process and materials, commercial viability and addresses a gap in the market.

• €2,000 cash
• 5 one-to-one mentoring sessions with experts from the DCCoI design & mentoring panel
• 2 one-to-one mentoring sessions with Fund it on creating a crowdfunding campaign on Fundit.ie
• A photoshoot & feature profile in House and Home Magazine

THE MAKE IT: SMART DESIGN AWARD
(Sponsored by Fund it)
For a product created using new digital technologies i.e; 3D printing/laser cutting/etching/CNC milling and/ or other digital fabrication technologies.

• 2 one-to-one mentoring sessions with Fund it on creating a crowdfunding campaign on Fundit.ie, along with on going support throughout the campaign
• An opening pledge of €300 to get the campaign started from Fund it
• Profile in House and Home magazine

THE MAKE IT: READERSʼ CHOICE AWARD
(Sponsored by House and Home Magazine)
Voted for by the readers of House and Home magazine

• 2 one-to-one mentoring sessions with Fund it on creating a crowdfunding campaign on Fundit.ie
• Profile in House and Home magazine

* Winners may be eligible to win more than one category

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Great ideas for Christmas gifts created through Fund it campaigns!

Posted on: Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by fundit

Smorgasboard board game in action

Caption: SMORGASBOARD The board game for foodies available from www.smorgasboard.ie

This Christmas, why not buy creative Irish gifts and help spread the love further than your Christmas tree?

Thanks to all those who have helped fund projects on Fund it, there are even more unique and wonderful things to choose from, because nearly 350 projects have been fully funded all over Ireland. So continue to support your local artists, and get something special from that big bag of possibilities for someone special!

For the art lover in your life, there’s beautiful and interesting books such as Dulra Photography’s Jewellery Box or Butler Gallery’s What is Art? If you’d like a piece of original art, look at what’s on offer from Black Church Print Studio and  A-Z of Unusual Words for an array of prints and postcards.

For the Irish culture and heritage nuts, check out great books like Newgrange Currach’s The Boyne Currach and Reg Gordon’s Tribe: A Portrait of Galway for stories, history and beautiful photography.

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Caption: The Cake Cafe Bake Book available from www.thecakecafe.ie

Foodies won’t want to miss the Cake Café Bake Book (also available in bookshops country-wide) and the fantastic new board game Smorgasboard (also available in shops and food halls country-wide).

Everyone loves fun and quirky stationary, so check out Keep Sketch (also available in shops throughout Dublin).

Check out some of the hottest talent in music with Julie Feeney’s Clocks (also available in record shops country-wide), Stop the Lights from The Walls, Mister Ebby’s Wires and Crow Black Chicken’s Electric Soup.

And lest we forget, one for the little ones! For the ipad using nipper, the gorgeous The Lonely Beast ABC app.

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The Power of Great User Profiles…

Posted on: Friday, November 9th, 2012 by fundit

Your profile is a really great way to get more involved with Fund it and engage with your potential funders. Signing up to Fund it will automatically generate a basic user profile, so if you are thinking of running your own Fund it campaign or funding projects regularly, you should enhance your profile and allow people to find a little more information about you. By doing so, you will add a more personal touch, generate trust in you and your project and show your audience that you are an engaged part of the Fund it community. People really do look at user profiles, so why not make the most of it? Tell your story, upload a snazzy pic, and share the love by supporting and engaging with projects that feature on the site and interest you!

Stray Lines Profile

How to create a killer profile…

1. When you sign up for an account or log in, select the ‘my account’ button

2. Choose the ‘Personal settings’ option, which will bring you to your user profile

3. Choose a square photo – It’s great to have a really eye catching photo, or one that really speaks volumes about you.  If it’s not the right size, it will display stretched and distorted and might make you look silly. The recommended settings for your photos are 500px X 500px (square) and less than 1MB. To upload the picture, select the ‘edit profile image’ button.

4. Add your weblinks – Another great opportunity to allow people to find more information about you/your project and encourage them to support your cause, is to put links to relevant social media sites, personal websites, blogs, or group sites on your profile page.  Remember, your URL will be shortened to the domain name. eg.  twitter.com

5. Alias/Company/Organisation Name. As well as the contact details you entered when signing up, you can fill in plenty more information. The first of the goodies you can add is an alias. This is not just for caped crusaders, but is great for groups, bands, organisations and companies too.  This will be the name used on your profile, and as both a funder and a project creator. You have a maximum of 30 characters… so be concise!

6. Permalink. A permalink is a specific URL that points to a user profile on Fund it that remains unchanged indefinitely. By filling this in, you create a personalised and meaningful URL instead of a random generated number. Type your alias or own name at the end of the ‘http://www.fundit.ie/user/so people can find you easily and you can use it again and again for new projects. REMEMBER to think carefully about this as once done, it cannot be undone.

7. Your County – If you are based in Ireland, you can select the county you are based in. For project creators, this is always a good way for getting local support!

8. Your biography – This doesn’t have to be your life story, but give people a sense of who you are, and why you’re passionate about creativity. This is the first thing people will look for when they view your profile, so don’t leave it out! This really lets people know that you’re interested in telling your story, in the creative community, and getting to know your funders. Although there’s a 500 word max, about half that amount is usually plenty. Here’s an example. Amy de Bhrun who recently funded her project ‘Life at The United Solo Festival NYC’.

9. Update my details – The last, but definitely not the least, on this page is the ‘update my details’ button. Don’t forget to save your changes by selecting this button at the bottom of the page.

When you have done this, start sharing the love! By supporting other projects, even with the minimum amount, you learn how to use the site and become part of our community. Those you have supported are more likely to support you in return, and use their networks to spread the word if your project is something they are excited about. REMEMBER the projects you have funded will show on your user profile unless you have chosen to fund the projects anonymously. By supporting other projects, you show that you believe in the practice of crowdfunding, are passionate about seeing creative projects happen , and that you have tried and tested Fund it for yourself.

– Written by: Claire FitzGerald

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Fund it is recognised by the Arthur Guinness Fund

Posted on: Monday, September 12th, 2011 by fundit

We were really excited last month to hear that Fund it has been selected as one of the 2011 Arthur Guinness Fund Awardees – Fund it will receive €50,000 over two years to help support the development of the platform, along with professional business mentoring and support from Diageo.

The work has already begun, and we’re bursting with ideas in the run up to our 6 month anniversary, which coincidentally falls on Arthur’s Day!

The Arthur Guinness Fund supports ‘people with a business head and a social heart’, and we’re very proud to be listed alongside other winners such as the Open Window project developed by artist Denis Roche for people in long-term residential care; the Fumbally Exchange supporting the development of micro-creative industries and Kanchi, the network developing the disability business case.

The Arthur Guinness Fund was set up in 2009 to support social entrepreneurs in developing their initiatives for broader impact- continuing the philanthropic spirit and legacy of Arthur Guinness in the year of the brand’s 250th anniversary

The Fund joins our other supporters who have helped us through our first six months – including the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Vodafone Foundation.

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A BIG Thank You!

Posted on: Thursday, April 14th, 2011 by fundit

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun – blink and we’re 3 weeks old already!

We have so many thank you’s, firstly to all our project creators, our funders, registered users and wider networks. Your enthusiasm and support has made all the late nights totally worth it…

…and lots of folks have joined us on the journey here, and must be heralded. Hell, let’s establish the Fund it Hall of Fame!

First up, we’ll peek from behind the curtain ourselves and introduce the team – Stuart, Martin, Andrew and Rowena, who were supported enormously by Dara Lynne Lenehan and Dara O’Leary.

The curtain calls and bows begin with Scott Burnett and the team at AAD Studio responsible for all the gorgeous design work; followed by Loughlin McSweeney and Ian Huet and crew from Choice Cuts who tackled web development and build.

Next up has to be our legal eagle, Peter O’Neill of Mason Hayes+Curran; David O’Hanlon from FBD Insurance; Doreen Kirker and Roseanne Morrison from Realex Payments; and the team at AIBMS.

The biggest thank you’s and bouquets though have to go to our partners who backed the project throughout its developing stages.  Without their belief, support and financial aid, Fund it would not have gotten off the page of our business plan!

Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht who supported us via a Cultural Technology Grant

New Stream programme, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Vodafone Ireland World of Difference Programme

*Cheers*

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