—by Lishan Tan

How to find alternative funding for your creative projects and career

For real-life stories about successful crowdfunding campaigns, check out our article extra Setting Yourself Apart From the Crowd.

If there were no limits, what would be your next project? It’s a fun question to consider and dream about the next concert, workshop, or recording. Unfortunately, the reality of life is that everyone is limited by time, money, and other commitments. But what if I told you that we can resolve the money constraint through something called “crowdfunding” that can make out-of-reach projects financially feasible? 

Crowdfunding has been on the rise in recent years as an accessible alternative to traditional funding sources. If you can’t bankroll your project yourself, your options would typically be to present your project to a potential investor or apply for scholarships and grants. However, not everyone has the opportunity to pitch to an investor and finding the right grant, much less getting it, can be tricky. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, is available to everyone. It gives you the freedom to raise as much money as you need while also providing you a platform to allow your audience to support your creative endeavors.

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