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Associate professor Joris Ebbers (ABS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Section) has been awarded a NWO KIEM Creative Industries grant for his research proposal ‘Motivations of artists for (not) starting a crowdfunding campaign.’

About the research

The aim of the project is to understand the different motivations of artists for (not) using crowdfunding. This includes studying whether crowdfunding complements or substitutes for other forms of financing. For example, instead of crowdfunding, other means of financing might be used, such as government subsidies, grants, loans, or other private investments. A solid understanding of these motivations could help to lower the barriers for artists for using crowdfunding, and inform artists about how they can use crowdfunding to achieve their artistic and/or economic goals.

This project is a collaboration with Voordekunst (large crowdfunding platform for arts), Amsterdam University of the Arts, and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The project is supported by Stichting NLnet.


NWO KIEM (Knowledge Innovation Mapping) aims to promote and facilitate partnerships between knowledge institutions and private parties, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 

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