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Do you have the right ingredients for a crowdfunded project?

An exciting initiative to get local creative projects off the ground, while giving locals the opportunity to learn more about and connect with creative activities and people will be launched later this month in Dubbo.

The first Soup Session live crowdfunding event will be launched at The Fire Station Arts Centre, Dubbo on 25 June. Pitches for the first session will be accepted until 5pm tomorrow, 11 June. Further sessions will be held on 27 August and 29 October.

The Fire Station Arts Centre is an initiative of the Regional Arts Board, Orana Arts delivered in partnership with the owners, Dubbo Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

The grassroots model for funding small creative projects works on the formula of bringing a group of people together to listen to four creative project pitches. Then, over a shared dinner (soup), the group discusses the ideas presented and votes for the one it would like to see funded that night.

At the end of the night the project with the most votes is given the value of the ticket sales plus any additional donations collected on the night (minus costs). Past recipients will be invited to the future events to share how their project is progressing.

Dubbo’s Outlook Café will sponsor and cater the first first event, contributing to keeping the event cost down enabling more of the ticket sales to go directly to the pitch with the most votes.

Organisers say two of the great things about the program is firstly the community is directly entrusting their money to a creative project, and secondly its inclusiveness where individuals, groups and organisations are able to pitch any type of creative project.

People can be involved in Soup Sessions in two ways:

1 – As a presenter

For the opportunity to pitch your idea to the audience and maybe take home some cash send a short email outlining your idea to: projects@oranaarts.com.au by 5pm Thursday 11 June. The proposal should include background information, basic costings and timeline for delivery.

If you are selected you will need to attend in person and will have five minutes to talk to the audience about your idea (no computers or presentations).

2 – As part of the audience

As an audience member you will have the chance, through your ticket purchase, to contribute financially to a local creative project, and to network and connect with your creative community while enjoying a soup dinner catered by Outlook Café.

To be parts of the audience book here.

With Orana Arts