More than 320,000 euros for innovative art projects: UniCredit Bank Austria's crowdfunding initiative another great success

  • With the help of 1,677 supporters and a total of 324,262 euros, 27 Austrian art and cultural projects were funded
  • Total funding since the start of the initiative in 2015 rises to over 3 million euros

Since the launch of its rewards-based crowdfunding initiative in 2015, UniCredit Bank Austria has supported, collected and raised funds for 292 projects with the help of well over 20,000 supporters and a total of more than 3 million euros. In cooperation with the platform wemakeit, a specialist in crowdfunding for cultural projects, the bank again made 100,000 euros available to Austrian creatives this year. If a project mobilised at least 20 supporters and thus reached the first third of the target funding amount, it received a commitment from UniCredit Bank Austria to finance the second third of up to 5,000 euros. If the last third could be financed by the project's own supporters before the end of the term, the campaign was considered successful, and the funds were paid out.

Budget used up in record time
This year, too, the demand was enormous. Just two weeks after the start of the ninth crowdfunding campaign on 23 May 2023, a total of 27 Austrian arts and culture projects were able to meet or even exceed their financial goals. A total of 324,262 euros was raised. The projects supported range from music, dance and festivals to design, literature and publications. Many of the projects focus on social issues, the environment and children and young people.

“Art and culture are at the heart of our society. That's why it's particularly important for us to support young and innovative projects. Together with 'wemakeit', we have once again set an example for the diversity and creativity of Austria's cultural landscape. By providing personal support and funding of up to €5,000 per project, we are offering cultural practitioners valuable and very practical help in realising their individual projects. This year, the budget pot was again fully utilised, the average funding target of the projects was exceeded, and every funding euro was more than tripled,” says Robert Zadrazil, CEO of UniCredit Bank Austria.

The record projects 2023
The highest final total and the highest over-funding was achieved by the initiative "Rettet das Kino Mistelbach" with 18,252 Euros (121 per cent). The association film.kunst.kino has set itself the goal of preserving the cinema in Mistelbach, which opened in 1929, for future generations and to make the hall available for other cultural events such as balls, readings, lectures, cabaret or theatre, in order to ensure a culturally lively Mistelbach.

The most supporters (166) were won by “PUSSY PAIRS: Das Vulva Spiel”. With this amusing memory game, Viennese artist Gloria Dimmel wants to draw attention to the taboo subject of the vulva. The aim is to find pairs among 36 cards showing plaster casts of different vulvas. The approach is playful, the message is serious: shame, prejudice and fear of contact should be overcome.

The ”Triptonus Album #4” project was the fastest to receive funding from UniCredit Bank Austria. The Viennese music collective Triptonus, which has been active since 2012 and moves between prog/psychedelic rock and world music, was able to reach the required funding amount and number of backers for its fourth album on the same day the crowdfunding campaign started on 23 May.

All successful projects 2023

  • Folklore Tanzfest, folkloretanzclub Wien, music and dance (Vienna)
  • Musicproject ~Balanced~, Jugendhaus Schacherhof, music and children/youth (Lower Austria)
  • Beat the Silence, Kulturverein für Chancengleichheit, exhibition, music and society (Vienna)
  • Müller*in Wien, Julian Prégardien, music, society and literature (Vienna)
  • TAKT Konzertsaison, TAKT Kulturverein, music, society and stage (Vienna)
  • SMASH Festival Graz, SMASH Festival, festival, arts (Styria)
  • "Mein Heimatdorf" Musik CD, Hannes Mayrhofer, music (Upper Austria)
  • Rettet das Kino Mistelbach, film.kunst.kino, film, stage (Lower Austria)
  • Endlich wieder Feia (Album), Martin Rotheneder, music, (Lower Austria)
  • Pealfestival 2023, Verein Peal, music, festival and arts (Styria)
  • Recycelbare Spielmöbel, Papperlapapp, design, children/youth and environment (Styria)
  • RuWi - Musical CD, Barbara Wittmann, music, children/youth and environment (Lower Austria)
  • PUSSY PAIRS: Das Vulva Spiel, Gloria Dimmel, society, arts and education (Vienna)
  • Waves Vienna Music Festival, Waves Vienna, music and festival (Vienna)
  • Haus-Press, Haus-Press, Exhibition, arts and education (Vienna)
  • The Black Proteus, The Black Proteus, music (Vienna)
  • Open Cumberland, Luma.Launisch, design, arts and education (Vienna)
  • The Erlkings: Haydnfeld, The Erlkings, music, arts and literature (Vienna)
  • Preserving historical music, Christina Duncan, Publication and Music (Vienna)
  • Musical "Wie im Himmel", Vokalensemble Biberbach, music, stage and dance (Lower Austria)
  • 34. Tanz - und Singwoche 2023, tausi - tanzen und singen, music and dance (Vienna)
  • Trio Klavis & Peter Turrini, Trio Klavis, music and literature (Vienna)
  • Das neue Stineliese Buch!, Conny Wolf, comics, art and literature (Vienna)
  • CD: Skandinavien, safranundsalz, music and dance (Vienna)
  • CD: Juachzet und lobet!, Ensemble BachWerkVokal, music (Salzburg)
  • Abendmahl südlich von Rimini, Nicolas Robert Lang, music and literature (Vienna)
  • Triptonus Album No. 4, Fabian, music (Vienna)

More information: https://www.bankaustria.at/ueber-uns-verantwortung-kultur-crowdfunding.jsp
More information about the projects: https://wemakeit.com/channels/bankaustria

UniCredit Bank Austria Media Relations 
Matthias Raftl, Tel.: +43 (0)5 05 05-52809;
E-Mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at