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Nina Simon

OF/BY/FOR/ALL change network. Launching the First Wave.

The AMA is backing the OF/BY/FOR ALL change network and following its progress through a series of Blogs by Nina Simon. Find out more and join the movement including how well your organisation embodies OF/BY/FOR ALL outcomes and practices and how your work can grow.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Article

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Open Conversations: developing strong, effective connections to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

Voluntary Arts shares the process it undertook to create a national Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Advisory Panel. Explore the outcomes and learning that resulted from the work of this Panel.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

Re-framing risk

How does an arts organisation tackle change successfully in difficult economic times? This resource summarises discussions with leaders from four cultural organisations – Whitworth Art Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, Sadlers Wells and Arc, Stockton – about their approaches to organisational change and risk-taking.

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Governance in the not-for-profit cultural sector

This report looks at issues around governance in the arts. Why think about governance in the not-for-profit cultural sector? The governors of an organisation, whether they go by the name of trustees, directors or non-executive directors, are in a position of trust. They have a duty towards the organisation’s objectives and its provision of public ... Read more

Published: 2005 | Resource type: article

The Art of Living

In a follow-up to The Art of Dying, this article surveys the challenges and opportunities facing funding practice across the whole cultural sector. In a thorough and stimulating survey of arts and cultural organisations and all four funding communities, this is the first synthesis of all the funding issues the sector faces.

Published: 2007 | Resource type: article

The Art of Dying

This essay considers how arts organisations might live a little better.  Would a more concerted effort to correct deficiencies in evaluating performance, defining success and establishing a more developed culture of accountability across the sector instil greater dynamism and excellence?

Published: 2005 | Resource type: article

Becoming a social arts organisation

This paper is an attempt to understand what a “social arts organisation” would look like, and to describe how it would behave. It covers what it means to be social; how the online experience differs from the traditional one, and using analytics to see who is talking to you and when. It also examines organisational ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: article

Organisational change

A case study of organisational change at the Royal Shakespeare Company, guided by their ensemble principles: Emotions are important – acknowledge them Leaders are at the heart of a network, not at the top of a pyramid The realisation of creativity rests on collaboration Conceptual simplicity is the best response to organisational and contextual complexity Key ... Read more

Published: 2010 | Resource type: Case studies

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Cultural diversity and audience development

Discover arguments for focusing on cultural diversity, examples of good practice and practical advice for marketing, management and audience development in this comprehensive guide.

Published: 2006 | Resource type: article

How to understand branding and the value of being brand-led as an arts organisation

The Head of Thinking at Wolff Olins presents his experience of how a strong brand that faithfully reflects the organisation’s values and possibilities can make a big difference to its success. This is a transcript from Robert Jones’ presentation at Museums and Galleries Marketing Day 2009.

Published: 2009 | Resource type: Case studies

Influencing the resilience of your organisation

As a marketer, you can play a strategic part in moving your organisation forward no matter what your job role. This article explains how to step up, influence your organisation and community through ‘ROAR’: by being reflective, open, adaptive and responsible. You’ll find practical tips for increasing organisational resilience whilst remaining true to purpose.   ... Read more

Published: 2011 | Resource type: Research

How the changing economy affects the arts

What challenges do arts organisations face as a result of changes in the economy? This article looks at how organisations can transform to cope with change and become resilient, while focusing on long-term social and cultural goals.

Published: 2011 | Resource type: article

Organisational culture and engaging audiences

A dialogue between experienced arts professionals about how organisational culture, structure, governance and systems can be looked at to maximise audience engagement.

Published: 2013 | Resource type: article

Becoming an engaged organisation

The former Director General of the National Trust explains how she took the Trust  from an inward-looking, traditional membership organisation to being a highly engaged one, encouraging its members to connect and participate on many different levels.

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies

Art led and audience driven

How to develop an organisation that is artistically-led and audience focused.  Jodi Myers explains the importance of dialogue between the marketing and programming departments in arts organisations, seeing this as the key to developing ‘the audience for the art, and the art for the audience’.

Published: 1999 | Resource type: article


Leadership – from 'me, they' to 'me, we'

Transcript of a keynote presentation on leadership and eliminating your own biases.

Published: 2010 | Resource type: article