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Resources tagged with "funding"

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.  

By Dany LouisePublished:2019 Type: blog


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Mottisfont Abbey — Secondary Spend Case Study

Discover how Mottisfont Abbey has become a sustainable year-round business and the positive impact investing in its infrastructure has had on increased visitor numbers and secondary spend income.  

By Louise GovierPublished:2018 Type: case-study


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The funding mix for arts organisations

This Prosper resource explains the funding mix — grants, earned income, private and corporate donations, sponsorship, crowdfunding and loans —  and explores the benefits to arts organisations in getting the right mix of funding.

By Remi Harris MBEPublished:2018 Type: guide-toolkit


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Business Support for the Cultural and Creative Sector

In partnership with Coventry University, Prosper has produced Business Support and the Cultural and Creative Sector in England and Scotland: A Review. This in-depth review of business support activities in England and Scotland is part of Prosper's vision to build a creative economy making arts accessible for all. It has been shared to help increase awareness and understanding of business support for the cultural and creative sector. “…the cultural and creative sectors are increasingly aware of the need for business support and engaging substantially – and more so than other sectors – where appropriate support exists and has capacity.”

Published:2018 Type: research


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Fundraising Audit (training video)

An effective audit can be the starting point of creating a successful fundraising campaign or strategy. In these training videos, Wendy Smithers provides a detailed guide to carrying out a fundraising audit.

By Wendy SmithersPublished:2016 Type: guide-toolkit


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Choreographing your fundraising strategy

In this article, Fern Potter likens fundraising to choreographing a dance - starting with a clear vision that is developed into a strategy that can be used to achieve your organisation's fundraising goals. A good fundraising strategy can help fundraisers overcome the fear of asking people for money.  

Published:2015 Type: article


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Leveraging leadership into income growth

LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image. This paper written by Sarah Thelwall looks at how the models for the development of mixed income streams in non-profit arts organisations are evolving, how organisations such as LUX are leading these developments and the opportunities this presents for the development of artists moving image (AMI) as a whole and the potential benefits for the artists, commercial galleries and public institutions in particular.

By Sarah ThelwallPublished:2015 Type: research


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Mixture Matters: The challenges and opportunities in the business models of Craft Development Organisations

The Catalyst Craft Consortium - comprising of Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool; Craftspace, Birmingham; Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey, Devon; Manchester Craft & Design Centre; and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - has been working to develop skills and evidence to attract philanthropy and investment, and explore new areas of fundraising. The consortium commissioned this report to investigate the challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. The report is based on financial data and is written by Sarah Thelwall. The consortium is funded by Arts Council England’s ‘Catalyst 3: building fundraising capacity’ scheme (2013-15).

Published:2015 Type: research


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Fundraising negotiating: dark art or being empowered to get it right?

If arts and cultural organisations want to secure long-term, sustainable funding from corporations their fundraisers need to be empowered to negotiate and build partnerships – we know how companies can meet our needs, but we rarely find out how we can meet their needs. In this guide Sarah Winchester spoke to Beth Upton from Money Tree Fundraising Consultancy about her top tips and approach to being a good negotiator.

Published:2015 Type: guide-toolkit


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Crowdfunding: a guide by Blast Theory

A guide from Blast Theory, an artists' group based in Brighton, based on the research and learning from their crowdfunding campaign.

By Blast TheoryPublished:2015 Type: guide-toolkit


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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.

By Jessica HarrisPublished:2015 Type: article


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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 outcomes. With opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris, Project Manager, explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for. This article was originally published by Arts Professional.

Published:2015 Type: article


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Battersea Arts Centre's emergency appeal

On Friday 13 March 2015 a major fire at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) destroyed the Grand Hall and Lower Hall spaces. Before the fire engines had put out the flames a national emergency appeal had been launched by BAC and the National Funding Scheme (NFS). The flexibility of digital fundraising through mobile and online donations contributed to the success of this fundraising campaign. This case study includes a useful infographic mapping the key elements of this appeal.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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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 with visual impairments. This case study describes the objectives, process and outcomes of this successful funding application.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Setting up a department for Planned Giving

Learn all about how the Museum of Modern Art has successfully established a strategic department for fundraising to harness the untapped potential for Planned Giving and ensure the Museum's stability and future success.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Sound Investment: Making fundraising accessible

Discover how Birmingham Contemporary Music Group launched the pioneering audience development and fundraising scheme, Sound Investment, to raise funds for their new work.

By Naomi DavenportPublished:2015 Type: case-study


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How to attract a corporate sponsor

In this how-to guide you will explore key tips on building valuable relationships with corporate sponsors.

Published:2015 Type: guide-toolkit


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Creative Festive Corporate Fundraising

Learn how Sherman Cymru approached local businesses for financial support to enable schools, particularly those  based in disadvantaged areas of the city, to attend their Christmas production.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Crowdfunding for an established organisation

Learn how the Louvre managed to crowd fund over 1 million euros to purchase the national art treasure Les Trois Graces (1531), by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

By Marcella van CoevordenPublished:2015 Type: case-study


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Creating a community of philanthropists united by a theme or collective

Discover what happened when Netherlands’ leading cultural organisations decide to unite forces and launch an international fundraising scheme as a collective.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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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 being realistic and not too ambitious.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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53 Million Artists

In October 2013, Jo Hunter and her colleague David Micklem started work on an idea called 53 Million Artists -  a campaign that aims to unlock the creative potential of every individual in England by getting them to Make Time, Do Stuff, Think About It, and Share It. Having secured two small grants from Arts Council England and support from the Cultural Institute at Kings College London, Jo identifies five key areas that has helped 53 Million Artists to get to where they are now and to embark on the second stage of the project.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Responding to harder times

In hard times most arts organisations need to generate new revenue streams through better financial management and more imaginative exploitation of cultural assets. This detailed report examines the political economy of the arts and culture. Its conclusion is that with the wealth of creative talent and entrepreneurial traditions the UK should be capable of turning itself into a Silicon Valley for the arts.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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Trusts and foundations: are you ready to apply for funding?

For the arts, trusts and foundations are a vital source of financial support. This factsheet gives guidance on what their legal status, how to approach them and what to consider when making an application. It gives links to the biggest trusts and foundations in the arts and to further sources of information.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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Using full cost recovery to help fund overhead costs

Recovering the full cost of delivering your services can help you cope with some of the financial pressures impacting on your organisation. This NCVO tool describes the benefits of full cost recovery and how to understand your cost base. It also provides examples of cost allocation and full cost recovery, and recovering the correct level of overheads on contracts. This resource also includes a cost recovery template.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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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 Type: guide-toolkit


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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 NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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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 take action.  It has been developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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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 strategy.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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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 a directory of useful fundraising tools. It has been designed to provide practical checklists, templates and exercises to help voluntary and community organisations improve their funding and finance for long-term sustainability. 

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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Establishing a long-term individual giving programme

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is one of the UK’s three regional opera companies, touring Wales and central and southern England from its base in Cardiff.  In 2005 WNO moved into the new Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in the regenerated former docklands of Cardiff Bay. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how WNO not only had the challenge of selling 85% more seats than their previous home but also needed to develop a consistent programme of fundraising from individuals.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Tyneside Cinema's Capital Appeal

Tyneside Cinema is an arthouse cinema based in the North East of the UK showing the best films from around the world. It also acts as a showcase for regional film-makers as well as training upwards of 6,000 adults and children each year in filmmaking skills. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how Tyneside Cinema planned to raise £500,000 as part of the £6.5 million it needed to undertake a complete restoration.  

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Raising funds through a capital appeal

In 2000 the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) unveiled an ambitious project to refurbish the Royal Scottish Academy Building and to build an underground link adjacent to the National Gallery of Scotland. The project was partly funded by the Scottish Executive and Heritage Lottery Fund with the remaining funds raised through a capital appeal. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how the appeal raised a total of £14 million from individuals, trust and companies over a five year period.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using ticket donations as part of a wider appeal

The Tyneside Cinema is the North East of England’s full-time independent, first-run specialised cultural cinema and cross art form venue. As part of its fundraising activity to raise £1.3 million to expand the venue, Tyneside Cinema introduced a 20p ticket donation to each transaction over the period of this one year appeal.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Maximise your existing business model to generate new income

Ten years ago the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry had to find new sources of income.  In this article, Joanna Reid describes how, in addition to promoting its events and conferencing services, the theatre turned its in-house workshop into a commercial set-building operation, which now contributes £400,000 a year as a production services subsidiary.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Regeneration through cultural investment

Twenty years ago Salford City Council had the ambitious plan to regenerate a working dock and The Lowry project was born. This area is now one of the most significant cultural and media destinations in the world and the fastest growing visitor destination in the UK. In this article, Julia Fawcett discusses The Lowry's impact study 'Beyond the Arts' and how of this type of financial investment can affect change far beyond artistic organisations and help shape the landscape.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Britten Sinfonia's 'A Tenner for a Tenor' campaign

Britten Sinfonia is the UK’s flagship chamber orchestra. In 2010 the orchestra launched a nine-month campaign called ‘A Tenner for a Tenor’ with the aim to generate support for a commission from acclaimed British composer Jonathan Dove, for a chamber ensemble and solo tenor voice. It was the first time Britten Sinfonia had used a crowdfunding approach to fundraising with a single donation of £10 to help commission this piece of work. This case study describes in detail the campaign and how it has sparked a new approach for Britten Sinfonia’s fundraising programme, with crowd-funding now embedded within the orchestra’s …

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Gifts in kind sponsorship

When the Birmingham Repertory Theatre - The REP - celebrated its 100th birthday and the re-opening of its refurbished building in 2013, it wanted to secure sponsorship from a wide range of companies including gifts in kind packages. In this short case study, Development Manager, Anya Sampson describes how the beauty, hair and equipment suppliers Ellison's gift in kind sponsorship provided The Rep all it needed to open the new wigs and make-up room ready for its 100th Birthday season.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Buy one donate one – ticket donation scheme

Spitalfields Music asks ticket bookers to its Summer and Winter Festivals to donate the value of a ticket when they buy their own ticket – effectively buy one ticket and donate one. Money generated through this scheme is used to offer free tickets to local residents who could not otherwise afford a ticket. The value of the ticket donated is decided by the ticket booker. In this case study, Richard Scandrett, Director of Marketing and Development at Spitalfields Music describes how this successful scheme works.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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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 the contemporary orchestra. 

Published:2014 Type: article


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Getting your supporters to invest in newly commissioned works

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is one of Europe’s leading ensembles - performing new and 20th century music, and regularly commissioning new works from living composers from the UK and abroad.  Over 20 years ago the BCMG launched its 'Sound Investment' scheme that allows people to invest in the commissioning costs of new work. Since 1991 £300,000 has been raised supporting over 65 Sound Investment premieres. This case study describes the process and benefits of participating in the Sound Investment scheme.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Strengthening private sector support for the arts in New Zealand

In May 2010, Creative New Zealand commissioned the Allen Consulting Group to conduct research into private sector support for the arts, and to develop an action plan for increasing this support. The private sector - made up of individuals, trusts and foundations, and business - is the most viable source of external support for arts organisations, including: financial; in kind goods and services; and skills-based volunteering. This report offers 33 recommendations.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Community Engagement Terms and Definitions

Whether targeting community organisations, local authorities or preparing a funding bid, knowing the right language will make a difference. This guide supports understanding of community engagement terms and definitions.  

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Arts Engagement with older people and families

Twelve case studies of arts engagement projects working with older people and families in London. The case studies share the learning from Audiences London's Family Advocates Programme, BAC's work with non-professional older artists, a skills exchange with Building Exploratory, an architecture centre and Cubitt, a gallery and studios regarding work with older audiences, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Tate Britain's project working with children to explore artwork through classical music among others.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Creating an audience development strategy for a consortium-led tour

Learn how the Philharmonia Orchestra prepared their audience development bid to Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund.  Find out what was learned about the process, even before the success of the application was determined.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Why we must measure cultural value economically

For the arts to be in receipt of public money, so it must be economically accountable for what it spends. This keynote speech delivers, in no uncertain terms, why the cultural sector must be come better at measuring its worth including its monetary value for funders, and furthermore the public.  

Published:2013 Type: article


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Encouraging higher levels of philanthropy in the arts

The Philanthropy in the Arts Agenda was launched in December 2010 and advocated a wide range of aspirations and proposals for encouraging higher levels of philanthropy to arts organisations. In 2011, arts organisations shared views on key aspects of the Agenda at that time. A year on, and Arts Quarter return to the cultural community to see how organisations feel about what has been implemented to date – what has succeeded and where further work may be needed to encourage giving to the arts from the perspective of those seeking support.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Developing private sector funding in the arts

This report is part of an on-going review of organisations who have received Arts Council England Catalyst funding to develop private sector fundraising. It aims to provide a benchmark for performance and to share learning so the wider arts community can learn from the experiences.

By Arts QuarterPublished:2013 Type: research


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How the LIFT Business Arts Forum has helped raise funds and ideas for a major performing arts festival

This is a personal presentation of Sally Bibb’s experience of working for The Economist magazine and becoming involved in the LIFT Business Arts Forum and the challenges of meshing two very different management processes (arts and business) to achieve professional and personal growth for The Economist’s staff, Julia Rowntree gives the other perspective of how the Forum helped LIFT become more secure.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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How endowments might be used to support the funding economy of the arts in Britain

This report reviews literature about endowments and other arts funding, to conclude that endowments are an underused tool in the English arts sector, but that they are not and can never be the whole answer. It suggests action that the Arts Council can take to support organisations at all levels of development, and the points made about fundraising and capital structure are pertinent at any stage in an organisation’s development. The report may be of use for arts organisations in considering their approach to alternative sources of funds that can complement, but not replace, public sector funding sources.

Published:2013 Type: article


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Crowdfunding explained for voluntary arts and crafts groups

This brief guide explains what crowdfunding is, what the benefits are for voluntary arts and crafts groups and gives some tips about how to use WeDidThis effectively.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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CreativePeople Cultural Diversity and Disability Co-ordinators – an overview

Whilst the New Audiences Programme focuses on audiences, CreativePeople is about CPD at a national and cross-artform level, and the Cultural Diversity and Disability Co-orinators roles played a vital part in developing projects and supporting a network of coaches and mentors.  This report outlines some of the key evaluation findings surrounding that work.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Fundraising information at your fingertips

A detailed breakdown of the many resources that are available to help you plan and execute your fundraising strategy, including printed and web based material, useful contacts and recommendations.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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An evaluation of the Greater Manchester strategic arts fund

The Greater Manchester Strategic Arts Fund was established in 2004 and aimed to broaden access to - and raise the quality of - the arts experience across ten local authorities. This article provides an overview of the eight different cross-authority projects, along with the key outcomes and impacts found during the project evaluation.

Published:2013 Type: article


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How cultural regeneration is vital for placemaking

Explore how cultural regeneration can transform small centres in this article by Suzanne Dimmock.

By Suzanne DimmockPublished:2013 Type: case-study


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Creating a healthy visual arts ecology: how to strengthen your business model

This report was commissioned by Arts Council England and the Turning Point Network to assist members of the network to review and strengthen their own business models. The primary focus of the report is on what these organisations could (and need) to change - rather than what is working well. The report offers several change recommendations for individual organisations, funders and the network; underpinned by the belief that sound business models are a necessary component in a healthy visual arts ecology.

Published:2013 Type: research


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The economic impact of museums and galleries

Make a strong case for your organisation with key facts about the economic impact of museums and galleries in this handy guide.

By Museums AssociationPublished:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Why we should be engaging with European and international work

This document takes a look at some of the key developments across Europe in terms of funding and collaboration providing a framework for increased cross cultural engagement. This is a detailed discussion that develops the theory that the creative and cultural industries are increasingly recognised as a powerful motor for jobs, growth, export earnings, cultural diversity and social inclusion. It provides information on Europe wide funding programmes that can be utilised to improve international engagement and collaboration.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Commissioning services in the changing structure of local authorities

In the face of an increasing trend towards commissioning services from bodies outside of local authorities, this ‘Outside In’ report gives advice to local authority arts officers on how to manage the process of ‘contracting out’ strategic commissioning of services. It includes an exploration of benefits and issues from interviews with arts officers working within a contracted out environment; an explanation of what strategic commissioning is and the opportunities it offers; and technical and legal issues that leisure and cultural management teams need to consider when approaching contracting out.

Published:2013 Type: research


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Explore the concerns raised by local government arts officers in 2008

The summaries of breakout sessions at nalgao’s 2008 conference reveal the issues of concern to local authority arts officers, including 1. How do nalgao and ACE work together? 2. Arts Strategies 3. How can artists and art organisations and local authorities work better together? 4. DCMS open space – What can DCMS do for you? 5. Rural Touring (RT) and Rural Cinema (RC) Open Space Forum session: “ Inspired by the carbon footprint debate” 6. Arts & the Under 5’s 7. Can we make the Cultural Olympiad less boring?

Published:2013 Type: article


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Lessons for the arts to adapt and remain resilient under pressure

This substantial report looks at theories behind a ‘resilient, adaptive ecology’ and applies them to the arts ecology at a time of increasing funding stress and change for nearly all arts organisation. It aims to: • explore the relevance of resilience thinking to the arts • suggest a basic or simplified hypothetical version of an ‘arts ecology’ • identify characteristics of resilient arts organisations and sectors • make recommendations for how Arts Council England and others could enhance resilience in the arts sector, especially through the funding frameworks and expectations.

Published:2013 Type: article


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A look at the impacts of 15 year’s of Lottery funding for ‘good causes’ including arts and culture

This report presents research into the impact Lottery funding of good causes – including arts and culture projects – has had in the 15 years since it was established. It covers such regeneration, the economy, natural environment, employment and enterprise, visitor activities, stronger communities, health and well-being. It concludes “strip away all the projects that National Lottery money has made possible over the last decade and a half, and Britain would be a sadder, poorer and greyer place.” Research shows the breakdown of how the money was distributed, size of grants, and includes several case studies that demonstrate the impacts.

Published:2013 Type: research


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How the arts can survive in tough times

The All About Audiences conference in 2011 was framed by the increasing funding crisis in the arts. Arts marketers heard from keynote speakers Ivan Lewis MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport), Mark Robinson (Founder and Director of Thinking Practice). Susan Royce (Change Management Consultant) and Paul Smith (Executive Director of Liverpool Biennial). Their speeches on how to help the arts survive are summarised here.

Published:2013 Type: article


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How social media is changing behaviour

Looks at how social networks are changing the way audiences engage with arts and culture. What do we have that makes our content more interesting? How can organisations promote the experience of a physical event or performance to online audiences?

Published:2013 Type: article


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How to manage multiple priorities

How can you manage a mix of priorities while still meeting the targets and expectations of artists, funders and line managers? How should you decide on your top priorities? This article describes how to manage your time effectively in order to achieve a balanced working pattern while still meeting all your objectives and deadlines.

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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Spending cuts – the end of audience development as we know it

As the English audience development agencies lost their regular Arts Council England funding, Local Authority organisations said they must focus on increasing earned income to make up for lost subsidy and rural touring all but disappeared, Heather Maitland asked the AMA membership for their thoughts. Were these just extreme examples or would the spending cuts mean less access to the arts?

Published:2013 Type: research


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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:2013 Type: article


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The real front line

People working in the arts know all about the impending funding crisis, but Tim Wood, AMA board member and director of communications at The Place, believes only arts audiences can prevent the worst fears coming true.

Published:2012 Type: article


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