Crowdfunding with a Match

3AP (3Arts Projects) is a unique crowdfunding platform with a built-in match that helps Chicago artists raise money and visibility for new creative works. 3Arts covers 1/3 of each project’s funding goal, charges no fees to artists, produces the project videos, and provides coaching before, during, and after each campaign. Read our latest 3AP Impact Study.

Artist Eligibility

3AP is open to artists who have received a 3Arts Award, Next Level Award, Make a Wave Award, or Residency.  

How It Works

Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, 3Arts charges no service fees to artists and makes its own investment in each project with a 1/3 match. In addition, we produce the project videos, promote projects through our communication channels, and provide individualized coaching before, during, and after campaigns. 

Project campaigns are posted on our website. Donors make contributions to 3Arts with recommendations to support projects. Once 1/3 of the funding goal has been reached through donor recommendations, 3Arts pledges 1/3 in the form of a matching grant. If the total funding goal is reached within the allotted time frame, all contributions, including the 3Arts match, are distributed to the artist.

Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Payments will be processed immediately. Please read our Terms and Conditions.  

3AP has maintained a 100% success rate with all projects reaching their funding goals. This is due in large part because hundreds of people like you care about art in our region.

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  • 194
    successful projects
  • $1,219,147
    raised($290,045 matched)
  • 9,571
    supporters

 

3AP Presenting Partner:

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 Additional support provided by: 

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