Programme News

CultureHive online survey

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9th March 2016

The Arts Marketing Association is currently running an online survey to find out what people think about CultureHive. It mainly focuses on your views of the CultureHive website, but there are also a couple of questions about the wider CultureHive programme. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is open until Wednesday 16 March 2016 via this link.

Find out more about CultureHive via this link.

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate update

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3rd March 2016

Led by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Cause4, the first ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship ran very successfully in 2015.

Of the initial group of students undertaking the certificate, the examiners awarded two Distinction grades and seven Commendation grades. The course tasked the graduates with a variety of assignments with the aim of helping them to develop specific best-practice commercial skills for the direct benefit of their organisations. Find out more via this link.

We are delighted to confirm that the ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate will run for a second year, from 1 September 2016 until 31 January 2017. This unique qualification is for practitioners in the arts and cultural sectors who deal with commercial relationships. Find out more via this link.

Fundraising training courses April-June 2016 on sale now

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2nd March 2016

Between April and June 2016 we have expanded our range of one-day fundraising training courses, suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector.

We have further dates confirmed for our five existing Essential Fundraising Skills one-day training courses, as well as the introduction of two new courses: Arts Fundraising: the fundamentals with Amanda Rigali and Making Friends in fundraising with Sarah Gee.

Our locations include Exeter, Leeds and Nottingham as well as our usual training hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Find out more and book online via this link.

The Musician as Fundraiser

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26th February 2016

Last year, the Association of British Orchestras – in association with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and the MU – announced a brand new training course for musicians, focusing on their potential role as fundraisers. A training day has now been scheduled for Wednesday 6 April 2016.

This course will be delivered in London by Sarah Gee, covering a range of fundraising techniques and sources of support, and will leave participants with greater background knowledge and confidence to approach organisations or individuals for support, either solo or working alongside fundraising colleagues in orchestras. The content has been developed following a survey of ABO members and musicians in 2014, and will include video case studies and a training manual. Find out more via this link.

Theatre Charities – Out and Proud

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22nd February 2016

Amanda RigaliAmanda Rigali, Head of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, has written an article for UK Theatre, sharing her thoughts on the barriers that theatre charities face when growing their fundraising and the first steps to overcome these.

You can download the article here.

Twitter Q&A with Frances Tipper

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15th February 2016

We are holding a Twitter Q&A with our trainer Frances Tipper on Wednesday 24 February 2016 from 12.30pm-1.45pm. Frances will be answering your questions on developing relationships with donors and funders ahead of her training course Networking and Making the Ask in Birmingham on 9 March 2016 and in Manchester on 5 April 2016.

Join the online conversation using hashtag #AskAFP – click here to visit our Twitter page

Network funding – February 2016


9th February 2016

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy actively encourages and supports networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector, and we have set funds aside to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising networking events.

Following a popular funding round in August 2015, we held a second round in February 2016, receiving 23 proposals and funding a further 10 Networks across England. These include an event in Brighton to support disabled artists to work in the arts and gain access to funding; a conference event for arts organisations near Sheffield; support for The Fundraising for Circus group; The Market Place based in Forest Heath & Fenland and the Midlands Arts Fundraising Forum. Find out about all 10 Networks via this link.


NewProfessionals career guide: arts fundraising

Amanda Rigali

2nd February 2016

NewProfessionals is a brand new service from Arts Professional for those just beginning their career in the arts. In her career guide to arts fundraising, Amanda Rigali (Head of Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy) reveals why it’s never been a better time to enter the field.

I didn’t really find fundraising, fundraising found me. Having worked as a senior manager in arts organisations, then as a Director at Arts Council England, I could see how important it was to get involved with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, both for the wider arts and cultural sector and for me personally. The programme offers fantastic opportunities for arts and cultural professionals to develop relationships and secure new funds. Managing this Programme has given me invaluable opportunities to learn and share fundraising knowledge across the breadth of the sector…”

Read the full article on the NewProfessionals website