IdeasTap’s membership has now grown to more than 200,000 young, creative people, making it the largest creative network in the UK. Despite pending closure being announced in March, thousands of artists have continued to sign up to take advantage of the charity’s final funding schemes, competitions, jobs and training events.
IdeasTap announces plans for closure after failing to secure long-term funding. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to confirm future funding for our operations. It is with great sadness and reluctance that we have reached this decision,” said Peter De Haan, Chairman of IdeasTap. Download press release.
Arts charity IdeasTap today launched ACCELERATOR, a commission-free crowdfunding platform for creative projects. ACCELERATOR adds a new dimension to IdeasTap, giving young creative people an additional tool to raise funds to make their projects happen – without having to pay the usual fees.
Arts charity IdeasTap is now 150,000 members strong and counting. “IdeasTap continues to have extraordinary momentum,” said IdeasTap Chairman, Peter De Haan. “We are helping more young people than ever to get a start in the arts; we offer practical, focused career development events; a range of fairly-paid opportunities across all art forms; a jobs hub listing more than 1000 arts jobs daily; and extraordinary networking opportunities on our site.”
The winners of fourth annual IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award were announced on 22 May 2014. Pictured from left: Souvid Datta (now 23, London) won the award in the 16-22 age category. His project looked at the human cost of pollution in China. Abbie Trayler-Smith (37, London) won the 30+ category with The Big O, a project exploring childhood obesity. Lee Price (25, Manchester) won in the 23-30 age category. Continuing themes in his previous work, Lee travelled to Uganda to document the situation for gay people there.
Four shows have been selected to receive the 2014 IdeasTap Underbelly Award; each will receive funding to take their show to the Edinburgh Fringe, a prime location at Underbelly Cowgate and mentoring from leading theatre practitioners.