Use these alternative approaches to fund your project, residency, or venture.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. Artists can use crowdfunding for art projects, travel, residencies, research, equipment to even start-ups and social enterprise. For artists, crowdfunding is a practical and relatively simple way to raise money directly and to connect with their audiences in a more personal way.  Not only will a successful campaign generate money, it will generate enthusiasm for the project.  A successful crowdfunding campaign can be the first stage of a publicity campaign for the project.


Recommended Crowdfunding Resources

These platforms have a proven track record and are ideal for creative projects of all types.

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RISD Kickstarter

Kickstarter helps creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. Over $6,000,000 has been raised by projects on the RISD curated page in 4 years. Contact Scott Malloy, Senior Career Adviser at to be featured on the RISD Kickstarter page.

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Indiegogo began as a platform for film in 2008 and has grown to include all art forms. There is no deadline to meet your funding goal, and you get to keep the money you raise even if you don’t meet your goal.

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GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as funding educational expenses to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.

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Crowdfunding Advice

We have curated a list of helpful articles that breakdown how to crowdfund like a pro. If you are a RISD student or alum who needs more help, reach out to Scott Malloy at for assistance.

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Introduction to Crowdfunding

This article from Women Arts provides a comprehensive overview of crowdfunding and best practices.

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Kickstarter Tips From RISD Projects

This blog post from Kickstarter features highlighted RISD projects as successful campaign models.

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