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Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community for creative projects and ideas. The two founders of Pozible, Alan Crabbe and Rick Chen (pictured together) met on a road trip while travelling around the east coast of Australia and have been friends ever since. They developed Pozible as a platform for artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, designers, social change makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, event organisers, software developers and all creative minded people to raise funds for their projects. Rick Chen talks to arts interview about Pozible as a crowdfunding platform and how it assists aspiring creatives in realising their projects.

Interview by Iris Si Yi Shen

Can you tell us how Pozible works and the catalyst behind the start up of this online funding platform?

Pozible is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects; we provide an online platform for these projects to accept financial support from a worldwide audience.

The idea of starting a crowd-funding platform started when all my visual artist friends were caught in a cycle where they couldn’t find money to make their work, so they worked extra hours to fund their projects. But by working extra hours, it meant they didn’t have enough time to work on their projects. We thought it would be great if we created a platform where fans and supporters could pre-purchase their artwork.

There are other online crowdfunding platforms, what is the difference between Pozible and other existing online crowdfunding platforms?

Pozible focuses on the Australian creative industry and our system is specifically tailored to Australian users. We work with a local financial institute to provide a payment service that’s comfortable for Australians. We also work with a lot of local organisations to offer discounts, and to deliver support and education about crowdfunding.

Can you tell us about a project that successfully received funding through Pozible?

We’ve had so many projects that have successfully received funding through Pozible. One of our recent successful projects was The Melbourne Cabaret Festival. They needed funding for their entire festival and if they didn’t make their goal, the festival wasn’t going to happen. The guys behind the project Neville Sice and David Read worked incredibly hard to reach their funding goal. They consulted with us, and really worked their connections in the cabaret scene to their advantage. They ended up raising over $18000, $3000 more than their funding goal, which is just incredible.

We have heard many successful stories of groups and individuals getting funding through Pozible. Can you tell us how Pozible assists with its users’ campaigns?

Whenever a campaign is launched on Pozible, we work with you and give you tailored advice on the set up. We suggest particular articles for you to read and learn about crowdfunding. We even call you on the phone to discuss the campaign and give you suggestions and tips from previous projects.

We feel incredibly proud of what they’re achieving and it’s always fantastic to be a part of their journey.  We are humbled by the generosity and unconditional support of the crowdfunding community every day.

In your experience, what are the benefits and challenges working in an arts organisation in a small team with limited resources?

The benefits are definitely being able to make important decisions thoroughly but quickly, and being able to work really closely with our project creators and give them tailored advice to their projects. The challenges are being too busy. Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough time so we have to sacrifice a few weekends and holidays.


The inspiration

I’ve had a lot of interesting and sometimes disconcerting discussions at forums and in foyers about the Australian arts industry. As a lecturer in arts management and organisational psychology I daydreamed about gathering such discussions into a consolidated, easily accessed site to allow them to be shared with not only students, but also others in the arts community. I’m rather excited about this actually happening through the blog project.

The development

The blog’s development has taken many months, many meetings and many cups of coffee. It has been great to be able to meet with the passionate and inquisitive fellow arts interviewers and ask (and be asked) ‘Who is this blog for?’ ‘What questions do we want to ask?’ ‘How long should the interviews be?’,  ‘Who would we like to answer those questions?’ ‘What format will work?’ ‘How do we let people know about the project?’ ‘When can we all meet next?’ ‘Who wants another coffee?’, and so many other others.

The result

The result of all of our questioning is a succession of short interviews with diverse Australian arts practitioners (and stakeholders) released every Monday morning (starting next Monday) at  The interviews are based on what we believe are highly relevant arts management themes such as should the arts act like a business?, all pervasive politics, creative collaboration and many more. Each month we begin a new theme, and each week we ask a new interviewee for their responses to that theme.

We hope that through these interviews we can:

• contribute to personal and organisational reflection

• further discussions about the arts in Australia

• share experiences of working in this field

• offer opportunities to learn from each other

• further strengthen our sense of community across arts platforms, regions and experience

The readers

We can only speculate whom our blog readers may be at this stage. We imagine that arts workers at every level, from students and volunteer interns, to CEOs and artistic directors, even funding agencies and politicians will find something useful in the interviewees shared personal and professional thoughts and experiences. Though it is intended to be an Australian resource we hope that we can inspire international readers. Even though it is created for the arts industry, we expect others outside of the industry would benefit from a peek too.

A quick thanks

Initially I intended to do the project on my own- in hindsight that seems a bit ridiculous. Thanks to the generosity of a select group of impressive former students I haven’t had to. Our group of four independent, volunteer developers has now expanded to a group of 12 interviewers, editors, designers and marketers. I want to thank all of them for supporting the project and generously offering us their time and talents. Particular thanks goes to our project manager, Kim Goodwin whose management skills and commitment to this project made it happen.

We are, of course, incredibly grateful to our interviewees for their time (which is already in high demand), for their support and, importantly, allowing us to share their thoughts with their current and future colleagues and peers. Thank you.

Eliza Muldoon