Programme News

Simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefit rules consultation

Gift Aid consultation

7th April 2016

At Autumn Statement 2014, the government announced a review of the Gift Aid donor benefits rules, to consider whether the existing rules could be simplified. This document has been informed by discussions with a range of stakeholders and, particularly, the responses to the government’s call for evidence, which ran between July and October 2015. This consultation document invites respondents to submit their views on a number of options, and asks whether they represent a welcome simplification of the existing donor benefits rules. The deadline for responses is 12 May 2016.

Find out more and download the consultation document via this link.

Network funding – apply by 3 May 2016

Groups & Networks

31st March 2016

We know that there are lots of fundraising groups and networks in place in the cultural sector, linking people through geography or sector area. We also know that networks can be fragile, dependent on one or two individuals, and subject to members having the time and money to attend meetings.

We want to support groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. To do this, we set aside some funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events.

So far we have supported 20 cultural fundraising networks across England. The next deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 May 2016, and activity will need to take place by the end of September 2016. Find out how to apply via this link.

The Musician as Fundraiser videos

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22nd March 2016

As part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, the Association of British Orchestras has been working with the Musicians’ Union on a new initiative focusing on the contribution that musicians can make to an arts organisation’s fundraising efforts.

Key to this are the video cases studies where musicians are contributing to their orchestra’s fundraising activity. You can watch all four videos from The Hallé, the LPO, London Sinfonietta and Manchester Camerata via this link.

The gig economy explored: Arts Professional article

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17th March 2016

How do we best manage an economy in which many people don’t have a salaried job? In the latest in our series of articles for Arts ProfessionalMichelle Wright discusses the move away from 9 to 5 employment in the arts.

“The way that we work has become very different in recent years. It used to just be musicians and actors who organised their lives in a series of ‘gigs’, but the practice is now becoming the norm for much of the working world. The very notion of the stable 9 to 5 job with a fixed salary each month is becoming rare. So the challenge now is how arts and cultural organisations adapt to accommodate a more flexible workforce. This will require some new thinking.”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

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.