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#SaveIdeasTap

Within minutes of announcing closure on 9 March 2015, we were overwhelmed by an incredible response from our members. The #GoodbyeIdeasTap hashtag was trending in the UK by the end of the day. Tens of thousands of messages flooded in exclaiming the importance of IdeasTap, how much we'd be missed and, most fervently, that we had to be saved. This is how it unfolded...

 

So first of all it all kicked off on Twitter...

 

 

Countless thousands of tweets followed. Then members started talking to each other and on that first day a group came together and kicked off the #SaveIdeasTap campaign. Within 24 hours they had a website, petition, Twitter account and Facebook page – which received 10,000 likes in a matter of hours. Not surprisingly, the press started to pay attention...

 

 

 

 

The campaign gathered momentum, and soon thousands of members were writing to their MPs, local papers, The Arts Council and anyone else who might be able to help. They created memes, produced campaign videos and gathered endorsements from arts organisations. There was even a vote of support at the TUC Young Workers' conference... 

 

 

Thanks to the noise our amazing members made, some very interesting people and organisations started getting in contact to see if they could help. And out of those conversations came our partnership with Hiive. We agreed to offer more than £100,000-worth of new funds and competitions, funded by IdeasTap but hosted on Hiive's website as a final farewell.

Sadly, IdeasTap still had to close – despite our members' hard work, we couldn't secure the funding needed to keep us going, But it was thanks to their campaign that we found a way to keep helping creative people even after shutting our doors.  

One of IdeasTap's main objectives was to build a network of young creative talent, and we believe that the #SaveIdeasTap campaign is a testament to the strength, drive and scale of the community we created together. We will always be incredibly grateful to our members for coming to our aid in our darkest hour – thank you. You guys are incredible.

 

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