I’ve been meaning to blog about art funding for a while, but last time I was about to, a heap of my friends started shaving their heads to raise money for Leukemia research. Arts funding seemed rather inconsequential at that point.
Any how….I have been researching funding for a project I want to do that involves some travel to get it off the ground. If I was young, childless and carefree, getting to Auckland wouldn’t be an issue. In fact I would probably have a job as well, but because I am a housewife [let’s be honest about it – that’s what I do] I have constraints. Everything is on a budget and any travel I do also has to be in short spurts because I can’t be away from the kids for long. How’s that for a ‘white whine’?
I went to a Creative New Zealand workshop recently which was great. I say this because the funding programme staff are getting out and about in the provinces and talking face-to-face with people. I can see that once I have some my concept ideas better formed, CNZ will probably be able to help out. Creative NZ seems to be one of the few places an early career independent researcher/writer can get financial assistance from too. If you are an academic or have a community project, funds are way more available. Most residencies also exclude anyone with a family as it can be difficult relocate with school, jobs etc.
So I’ve been looking into microfunding. The key example is Kickstarter which is currently for US-based people only. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas. they idea is that a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide and that a large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement. I really like the idea, and it seems to fill a funding gap. However I am really not sure with our tiny population, a New Zealand version would work. Personally I would also feel a bit like it was ‘begging’. That’s how I felt about the “Tip me” button that I used to have on this blog anyway.
So maybe its time to try:
Do I want your support? – hmm yes maybe but actually some suggestions for other avenues of funding would be great.