Artistshare is an interesting organistion based in the US. They provide a opportunity for those interested in the arts to provide funding for artists to make work.
Rather than looking to attract a small number of large funders, they’ve used the internet to “allows fans to fund and directly participate in the projects of their favorite artists”.
As with many traditional friends schemes, there are various levels at which a fan can engage. Depending on the project, fans can pay anything from $10 (for a download) to $5,000 (to get a producers credit / dinner with the band etc, etc.).
They mostly seem to work in the area of music, but have also support film production and literature.
Here’s Artistshare’s CEO explaining what they do:
Could something like this work in Ireland? Maybe there are already examples of organisations working like this in Ireland already. If so it would be great to hear…