The first ever crowdfunding site focused only on Australian talent has launched! It's called ZoshPit.
Zoshpit is tailored to the artists, musicians and bands by bringing them together with their fans through while raising funds and awareness.
ZoshPit is the brain child of two friends, Paul Batten from Noosa, QLD and Julian Chong from Perth, WA. A passion for music and social technology brought the two together to create ZoshPit.
The site is not just for crowdfunding though. The creators want ZoshPit to be seen as more as a marketing tool that allows Australian musicians to connect and maintain relationships with their fans from all over the world. The fans that support an artist will receive rewards once the artists’ goals are met.
ZoshPit has decided on an “all or nothing” funding model which means that if the artists do not meet their goal, they will not receive any of the money. This being said, the artists will not have to pay any of the transaction fees that come from PayPal. If a project is successful, ZoshPit will charge a 5% service fee to the artist.
Artists that use ZoshPit are able to use it for any kind of funding related back to their music, such as buying a new piece of equipment, putting on a gig or making a new track.
Even though ZoshPit is currently in its beginning stages, the Co-Founders have big plans for the crowdfunding site. Along with crowdfunding, the artists will be able to sell downloads of their tracks and pre-sell albums to their fans. This type of fan driven support will allow the artists to retain greater control over their success and their projects.
The site has example projects up until they get their first real projects up and running. Batten and Chong have big ideas for the next stage of ZoshPit which will be coming out in the next few months.
Check out ZoshPit on Twitter, Facebook or their Website.Written by MusicNSW Intern Hannah Jester.
The Regional Arts Fund has opened to taking applications for activities happening within the next year that will have lasting cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities and will remain open until 15 August 2013.
The RAF recognises that many Australians live in remote parts of Australia and this is the area where the funding will go toward.
The RAF’s funding is mainly targeted at developing partnerships and cultural networks, providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in cultural activities, and emphasising building capacity in disadvantaged, youth, remote and indigenous communities.
The monetary assistance available for these activities start at a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum amount of $30,000. Last year the RAF funded 22 projects around the state with a grand total of $393,040.
More information can be found here.
Coming up between 24-25 of July, Murray Arts, Song Pathways and Murray Conservatorium will be putting on a two-day workshop entitled “Artists in Change”, directed toward emerging musicians aged 16-25 who are trying to start their music career.
The workshop will discuss the $2 billion Australian music industry.
There is a $25 fee to participate in the two-day workshop. The workshop will take place at the Murray Conservatorium which is located at 502 Dean Street, Albury.
In order to reserve your spot contact (02) 6021 5034 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit: http://www.aarts.net.au/news/1701/51/Music-Business-Workshops/ or murrayarts.org.au