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Join MEAA, Equity and The Walkley Foundation at the MCA as some of Australia’s greatest creative minds share their own successful adventures into the world of crowdfunding.

If you’re a creator wondering how to fund your next project, you won’t want to miss this discussion. Panellists include Dan Illic, Tom Dawkins, Jeannette Francis, Georgina Lewin and Dino Dimitriadis. 

Event is on May 29 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 

Tickets $15 or free for MEAA members using the booking code "MEAA11". Must present valid membership card upon arrival. Book at http://bit.ly/1gJ0Rky


In May US filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney made crowdfunding history when their movie proposal about abortionist Kermit Gosnell reached its US$2.1 million goal. There are almost 25,000 contributors.

As traditional funding models for creative content – mainstream media organisations, major film studios, record labels – struggle to keep up with the new digital economy, creators are finding support and resources in new places. Perhaps most successfully, creators across the arts and culture are drumming up dollars direct from their audiences.

Crowdfunding is big business here in Australia. In April home-grown player Pozible reached $20 million in total funds pledged, with media and entertainment its biggest category.

The team behind digital comedy A Rational Fear (including our panellist Dan Illic) has raised in excess of their $50,000 goal. Australian band Eskimo Joe has raised more than $60,000 using crowdfunding. Permaculture magazine Pip exceeded its $9500 target in February to fund its first print run.

How are other actors, journalists, photographers, filmmakers and creatives using crowdfunding to circumvent traditional funding models? What are the benefits, what does it means for the industry? Is crowdfunding the best way to keep the Australian arts and media scene alive and financially viable?

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