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Arts Funding: The New Reality

In this extended blog arts writer Dany Louise poses some provocative questions for the arts and cultural sector about the future of arts funding in a post-Brexit landscape.  


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

Arts Council England – The Conversation

In Autumn 2019, Arts Council England will publish a new strategy for 2020-30, setting out its mission, vision and ambition for the next ten years. Consultation with the sector and the public continues throughout Autumn 2018.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

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Demonstrating impact

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations in showing their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at how arts and cultural organisations are providing it. This article was originally published by Arts Professional.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

Getting to grips with commissioning

The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England.The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

In praise of projects: funding an independent museum

The Thorney Society, a community charity in the village of Thorney just outside Peterborough, has run the independent Thorney Museum since 1987. Housed in a converted Victorian building, it is open to the public during the Summer. In 2013,  the Thorney Society approached the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) East of England for funding to develop resources for people ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Case studies

Opportunities for alignment

This research paper highlights opportunities for collaboration between arts and cultural organisations and public sector commissioners. It provides an overview of the current cultural landscape, examines both the providers and commissioners perspectives and identifies the key areas where their interests match. This report also contains key recommendations and messages for public service providers, commissioners and ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Research

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A funder’s view on making a funding application

This guide written from a funder’s perspective provides useful advice about what you need to consider when making a funding application. It includes: researching the funder before approaching them; highlighting what you are trying to achieve and what you have already achieved; referring to the aims of the funder; having a balanced and clear budget; common mistakes and ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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mac birmingham's capital fundraising appeal

mac birmingham is a pioneering arts complex offering a programme of theatre, dance, independent cinema, music, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions and special events, as well as a wealth of practical classes in all aspects of creativity. Following a successful capital appeal mac birmingham was redeveloped and reopened on 1 May 2010. This case study describes the ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Case studies

Ten steps to financial sustainability

The Sustainable Sun tool combines six key aspects – the sun “rays” –  that contribute to financial sustainability and places them alongside a journey of ten steps that can help organisations to systematically increase their financial sustainability. It can help you work out where you doing well with financial sustainability and where you need to ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Income spectrum: finding the right income mix

This useful income spectrum tool will help you understand your income options and make stronger funding decisions for your organisation. It will help you identify the different income streams what will fit with your organisational needs. It looks at the four main streams of income: gifts, grants, contracts and open market. It has been developed by the ... Read more


Published: 2012 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Identifying and assessing the right income streams for you

This useful income exploration tool will help you review your current income; identify new and potential income streams; and explore the impact that different income sources will have on your organisation and beneficiaries. It has been developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Tools for fundraising for long-term sustainability

Developed by the NCVO as part of its Sustainable Funding Project, this resource provides five tools each designed to achieve a specific aim and set of objectives. The five tools are: deciding who should fundraise; applying to grant-making trusts and foundations; raffles and lotteries; running charitable events and hiring a fundraising consultant. It also includes ... Read more


Published: 2007 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Funder needs analysis tool

This useful tool provides an income spectrum that will help you understand the expectations and requirements that different income streams will have on your organisation. It will help you focus on the different approaches needed for funders, clients and customers. It was developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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The Orchestra Business Model – that’s no way to run a business!

A survey in 2013 by the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) of its members revealed a paradox that while audiences increased by 16% between 2009/10 and 2012/13, earned incomed declined by 11% in real terms. In this article, Mark Pemberton, Director of the ABO, considers whether there is a genuinely new “business model” that could be the salvation of ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: article