Projects on Fundit have a 73 per cent success rate, and 94 per cent of projects come from first-time creators, while 59 per cent of all pledges come from first-time funders.

Fundit, an Irish crowdfunding platform for creative ideas, has reached €3 million in pledges to 1,000 projects. Since its launch in 2011, more than 53(...)

Panti Bliss. Among the rivals Kickstarter has in Ireland is Indiegogo, recently used by filmmaker Conor Horgan to raise more than €50,000 to make a documentary about the Irish drag queen.

There was much excitement among entrepreneurs, inventors and other creative types this week when it was announced that the world’s biggest crowdfundin(...)

Trevor White, director of the Little Museum of Dublin, Rowena Neville, director of Business to Arts and Brendan Murphy, chief executive of Allianz. The Little Museum of Dublin, won the judges special recognition award at this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards for its partnership with Diageo, Direct Medical and Matheson. Photograph: Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

The Little Museum of Dublin, Ulster Bank, BNP Paribas and Google were among the winners at last night’s 2014 Allianz Business to Arts awards in Dublin(...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

Irish entrepreneur Philip Martin who has used crowdfunding sites Linked Finance and Crowdcube to raise money for a burrito bar and a tortilla manufacturing venture

Zack Brown’s potato salad is taking the internet by storm. But it’s not just any potato salad. It may well be the world’s most expensive. Earli(...)

Frank Flannery (above)  was appointed chairman of the Forum on  Philanthropy by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some members of the Government-appointed Forum on Philanthropy expressed concern about an initiative led by its chairma(...)

 Duke Special played with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2013 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.Photograph: Conor McCabe

“When bankers get together for dinner,” said Oscar Wilde, “they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money.” Wilde w(...)

Sarah Glennie, director of Imma: “It says something that leading companies commit to the arts.”

This might lead you to think it is well taken care of but Imma, like every institution and organisation in Ireland, has suffered cuts, and has to f(...)

The Lookout, by Brian O’Doherty, at Charles Fort for Kinsale Arts Festival. Photograph: John Allen

The arts aren’t unique: everyone has seen cuts to funding, but as artists and arts organisations are told to raise more money from an already s(...)

It has been a challenging time for arts organisations and artists, both affected by the downturn. I have always been a strong advocate for the arts an(...)