Crowdfunding with a Match

3AP (3Arts Projects) is a unique crowdfunding platform with a built-in match that helps Chicago artists finance new creative work. 3Arts pledges 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

For 2020-21, 3AP is open to artists who have received a 3Arts Award (2008-2020), a 3Arts Fellowship (2008-2020), and/or a 3Arts Make a Wave grant (2017-2020).  

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 provide artists with a crowdfunding workshop as well as considerable behind-the-scenes mentorship and technical support, including producing each campaign video. 

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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  • 146
    successful projects
  • $791,047
    raised($210,202 matched)
  • 6,823
    supporters

 

3AP is funded in part by support from:

 Department of Cultural Affairs logo Illinois Arts Council