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Let's finance our creative community together

Aixeta uses technology and social networks to leverage the joint force of the people in support of our creative community. The idea is to connect creators directly with their audiences so that the former can benefit from feedback and ongoing, dependable economic support while the latter enjoy the creations as well as a closer connection with the artists. Instead of depending on public institutions or middlemen, we community members can act directly, financing the artistic projects that interest us.

Between all of us, we can create a network of support for our creative community so that they can earn a living from their creativity and thus be able to focus on it, thereby increasing and digging deeper into their art. A society that takes care of its culture does not only strengthen the culture but also the society itself while becoming more interesting and fun.

Preguntes i respostes

General

Aixeta lives on the internet but will start to work in Catalonia. We think there are many, many people in this country who don't create because they don't have the time or the resources to do so. Aixeta will allow them to create, and they won't have to go to Barcelona to do so. The website will be available in Catalan, Spanish and English, to start, and contents can be in any language—or none!

No. 

     It's true that Verkami or Kickstarter, like Aixeta, are crowdfunding platforms where lots of people make moderate donations to help someone finance a new project that they wouldn't otherwise be able to finance. But Verkami and Kickstarter are crowdfunding platforms for projects that last a certain number of days and have a specific objective. If the creator doesn't receive the necessary level of donations, they don't earn anything. And once the campaign is over, the relationship between the creator and their supporters is finished. 

     Aixeta, in contrast, has no deadline, because it aims to help support the creator's entire production, not a specific project. Neither does it have a specific financial objective: the creator might have many or few supporters, depending on their work and on the campaign that they carry out. And the relationship is constant and longterm: the creator is committed to producing their work, and their supporters will continue to enjoy them as long as they continue to donate. Supporters can also offer comments and suggestions and other kinds of feedback. 

     Traditional crowdfunding sites like Verkami and continuous crowdfunding Aixeta are complementary. A creative person can use Aixeta to help create a stable, longterm relationship with a group of supporters, and at the same time use Verkami for specific projects that have special financing needs.

     The other important difference is that Aixeta is a non-profit association whose only objective is to promote the creation of culture, in the broadest sense.
 
 

Aixeta (a-SHEH-ta, which means 'faucet' in Catalan) is a continuous crowdfunding platform which connects creators with their audience. The creators open a page in Aixeta to share the things that they create—stories, poems, songs, scripts, comic strips, drawings, columns, and more—and makes them available to the followers that have subscribed to their page. The subscriptions are very accessible—as low as one or two euros a month—but in their entirety from the whole set of subscribers can serve as a stable economic cushion that allows a creator to concentrate their energy on their artistic work—in the broadest sense of the word artistic—and thus increase it, to benefit themselves, their subscribers and society as a whole. In addition to donations, subscribers also can contribute comments, questions, and suggestions.

Aixeta was created with an initial private investment by its founder but the objective is for it to finance itself. To that end, the platform retains 5% of the subscriptions that each creator earns.

This income is used to keep the platform up to date, host the server and pay the people who work for the association. The rest of the income from subscriptions—minus bank commissions and taxes—goes directly to the creators.

As Aixeta gets underway, it needs resources to keep funding creative projects. For that reason, and to ensure its autofinancing, we encourage you to become a sponsor of Aixeta itself at any of the proposed levels of subscription. 

Aixeta is a non-profit association. That means that any earnings of the association will be used to promote new creators, finance research and specific projects, and award grants. Aixeta is a community-based project that returns its profits to the community.

A creative person or group opens a page on Aixeta. They upload a photograph and a description of their work. They define three or four levels of subscriptions and specify a donation amount corresponding to each level. They periodically upload contents and specify the subscriber levels that will have access to them. They share information through social media. People who are interested in the creator and want to support their art can subscribe to their page by donating a small amount of money each month. The subscription gives them access to the contents of each corresponding level of subscription. The creator, thanks to the stable financing offered by all of their followers, can focus on creating things.

For several reasons. First, because it's too hard to earn a living as an artist on this planet and in particular in this country. And secondly, there are many people who want to follow and support our favorite artists so that they can continue creating—we need their art to live. Before, in order to live as an artist, it was necessary to earn the favor of some intermediary gatekeeper—a publishing house, a recording label, a movie studio—but today, with Aixeta, you just need the support of your community. None of us has enough money on our own to support an artist, but if we collaborate together we do have the capacity to do so. And by supporting artists we make it possible for there to be more art, and that makes us stronger as a society. 

The founder of Aixeta is Liz Castro. As an author of books about computers, she used to explain how to use technological tools. As an activist, she has seen how the Catalan society has been able to come together to undertake huge projects in order to promote democracy. Aixeta, inspired by the American company, Patreon, is a natural progression of these earlier projects: taking advantage of technology in order to connect people so that they can create and support artistic creations and thus strengthen democracy. 

     Mireia Domènech, a specialist in international and cultural communication strategies, is the head of communications, and in charge of bringing Aixeta to all the different sectors of the creative community as well as introducing the platform to the public. Elena Fonts is a creative person, an activist, and a designer.

     Aixeta's head programmer is Carles Jove, an expert on Ruby on Rails and open source code, as well as a musician who not only can see the need for Aixeta but knows how to bring it to life.

     Joan Riba is the designer who has made Aixeta's interface not only attractive, but also intuitive and engaging. 

Creators

Your page won't be public until you activate it, by clicking the Activate your page button on the Configure your page page (which you get to by choosing Settings in the menu).

Once it's activated, it will be listed on the Explore page and will come up in search results. 

If you need to hide your page a while, without losing the publications you've posted, you can always deactivate it.
No way. The creator always holds the copyright on their work. They only have to give permission to Aixeta to publish it and to subscribers to enjoy it. 

You must declare the monies that you receive via Aixeta on your personal or business income tax return as a result of economic activity for the goods and services you offer your subscribers.

The subscription amounts are VAT inclusive and therefore you must deposit the VAT that you have received to the proper authorities. You can deduct the VAT of the expenses related to having a page on Aixeta (see FAQ: How much does it cost to have a page on Aixeta?)

At the end of the year, Aixeta will send you a certificate of the gross amounts received that you must include on your tax returns. 
 
Aixeta can orient you about your fiscal obligations, but you should always consult your own lawyer or accountant.

No. They can also be political projects, volunteering ideas, or tangible things like artesanal cheese or historical visits. The only limit is your imagination.

1. When a patron subscribes to a creator’s page, the subscription fee is immediately charged to their credit card. 1,4%* + 0,25€, which corresponds to the commission charged by Stripe, our payment manager, and 5% for Aixeta are deducted from the total. The remaining amount is transferred to each creator’s Stripe account.

*The Stripe comission is 2,9% + 0,25€ for payments made with non-EU credit cards.

2. On each creator’s page, there is a running total of how many patrons and the total amount of monthly subscriptions that they should receive, as well as the total amount that they have received to date from Aixeta. 

3. On the 10th of each month, Aixeta orders a bank transfer for the amount it has collected in subscriptions and received payments for the creator since the last transfer was made (it’s possible that subscriptions collected just before the transfer order will not be included in the transfer since they will still be in process). The transfer may take a few days to arrive in the creator’s bank account. Stripe charges 2€  + 0,25% of the total transferred quantity, which will be subtracted from the amount that Aixeta transfers to the creator.

4. Aixeta sends a bill to the creator for the previous period corresponding to 5% of the income collected (to cover Aixeta’s operating expenses), including 21% of VAT.

5. Each creator can consult the details of their subscriptions, incoming monies and invoices on the Income dashboard. Choose Income in the menu and then the desired option from the submenu at the left in order to see all the details. You can also view and download invoices. 


Minors can have a page on Aixeta as long as they have permission from their parents or legal guardian. Aixeta will provide a document with which they can certify this requirement.

The income that you receive via Aixeta is considered income from your economic activity. If your annual income does not go over the minimum salary for that year (12.600€ in 2019), you can have a page without it affecting your pension.

Remember however that Aixeta offers neither legal nor accounting services and we recommend you consult your own experts.

Subscribers/Patrons

Your credit card will be charged on that day you subscribe and from then on, on the first of each month until you decide to unsubscribe. 

It's up to you. Each creator defines their own subscription levels, which you can find on the Subscription levels panel on each creator's page. There are subscription levels as low as one euro, and there are others that are much higher. You can subscribe to as many creators as you like—or just to one. 
You can change the subscription level at any time. You can decide to make a larger donation this month and then go back to an earlier amount for next month. Or you can decide to support different creators. As a patron, you decide who you help and to what degree. And you can decide to cancel your subscription at any time by going to Subscriptions in the menu and canceling your active one. 
In general, you subscribe to a specific creator (or more than one!). Go to their page and subscribe at the desired level in order to make a microdonation to their work.

You can also subscribe directly to Aixeta itself to help us fund this community platform. We need your support too!

We are in Beta mode. It's possible you might find an error. Please tell us about it at info@aixeta.cat