Jason Sweeney on finding the right supporters
A partnership with a like-minded foundation gave Match recipient Jason Sweeney a platform to explore new creative pathways.
About Jason Sweeney
Jason Sweeney has forged a continuous practice in the field of experimental and interdisciplinary art since 1999, exploring net radio, sound art, streaming video, live performance, social media and the way humans interact online. His work has often had a focus on public participation and direct audience interaction.
About Silent Type
Silent Type formed the third element of a trilogy of ‘quiet’ works about the future of listening and acoustic ecology. Sweeney determined that, while crowdfunding could potentially source donors for this new work, he could also target specific contacts who had demonstrated a desire to donate or invest in his particular style of practice, or may have had connections to potential philanthropists who welcomed the opportunity to support investigative audio works.
Building the connection
While managing an Australian Cultural Fund campaign, Sweeney was able to connect with the Vasudhara Foundation, an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs to build creative and innovative projects that deliver positive social impact. There was a logical fit for both foundation and artist, with Vasudhara drawn to projects that engage with courageous, creative and controversial ideas, and Sweeney keen to work in that very space.
Once it was determined Sweeney met the foundation’s investment criteria, they collaboratively developed an investment proposal and funding agreement. As part of the agreement there were monthly project updates, and an evaluation period at the conclusion of the work to assess the impact of the project and identify learnings to take forward.
The support Sweeney received allowed him to continue to explore the challenging audio space, developing a new creative research exploration into the effects noise has on human anxiety and well-being in urban space titled ‘Quiet Ecology’.