June 2019 Networks:
ArtsTrain is a pioneering creative music programme. The programme supports children and young people in South East London, targeting those who are not engaged in formal music and face challenging circumstances.
The workshop series is designed for artists and practitioners with a focus (though not exclusively) from across South/outer London who are new to submitting funding applications. The workshops aim to demystify the funding process and equip local artists with the essential foundations for writing successful funding applications.
The ABO’s mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector. It exists to provide advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.
The ABO held a Network day for Fundraising Managers on Day 2 of its annual Conference, which occurred 29-31 January 2020 in Manchester. The ABO Conference is the major gathering of the classical music industry in the UK, with over 350 delegates drawn from orchestras both from within the UK and abroad, plus funding agencies, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers.
BLACK* artists on the move is a UK-wide organisation supporting artists of Afrikan, Caribbean, Asian, South American and non-European descent. We believe that unity is the way forward to consolidate the outstanding work that BLACK* artists are currently producing.
BLACK* artists on the move held 3 day events in November 2019 at Derby West Indian Centre, Malcolm X Centre, Bristol and using the online platform zoom acknowledging that our organisation serves artists from around the country and this is a practical tool for reaching artists over a wider geographic area without burdening them with travel costs.
Bristol Festivals is Network established in 2013 to undertake key sector development and address common challenges. Designed to support, develop and sustain the rich festival and events ecology across the city.
Bristol Festivals delivered two sessions with support from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy with a focus on Fundraising; Diversification and developing the next generation and Collaboration to build capacity and resources, what can we learn from other sectors and mainstream charities?
Hip Hop Producer Collective
The purpose of this network was to equip the current and next generation of producer’s working within Hip Hop dance theatre with the resources and thinking needed to strategise on fundraising. With the current rising success of Hip Hop dance theatre, the Hip Hop Producer Collective addressed the lack of development for producer’s working within the genre, by providing a days training from some of the Hip Hop sector’s most experienced fundraising producers. By sharing fundraising and partnership experiences, the Hip Hop Producer Collective has started to build resilience for this marginalised peer network.
New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region's cultural richness and diversity. It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing free programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre.
They ran a one-day symposium held at New Art Exchange in October 2019. The event was delivered and facilitated by experienced fundraising professionals with support from guest speakers who related their own experiences of fundraising
SHARE Museums East established two Digital Fundraising Networks which will came together to develop their museums’ fundraising knowledge and implement improvements to their digital fundraising capacity. The groups participated in structured training with a professional fundraiser.
The South West Museum Development (SWMD) programme offers a range of advice, support and development opportunities to Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation across the South West.
Rather than deliver a conventional training session or workshop on ethical fundraising, SWMD ran a Hack Day, called “Hacking through the ethics of fundraising”, to encourage debate and discussion between museums on the ethical issues.
November 2019 Networks:
The Cumbria Arts and Culture Network (CACN) was founded in 2016 with financial support from Cumbria County Council and administrative support from Cumbria Voluntary Service. The Network’s purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy and development opportunities for the creative industries and cultural sector in Cumbria and ensure it plays a full and growing role in the creative and economic life of residents and visitors alike. CACN will use Networks funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to develop and deliver a pilot fundraising project that brings together smaller creative and cultural organisations in a working relationship with their larger neighbours and builds ongoing fundraising partnerships based in sub-regions of Cumbria.
The War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (SSN), run by Imperial War Museums, builds capacity, connections and confidence in the cultural heritage sector to improve the public understanding of war and conflict. It provides a forum for sharing good practice, knowledge and skills; and delivers national programmes to increase and diversify public engagement. Funding is an area that is raised frequently by the network as requiring support. It has become clear that there are great challenges for organisations to deliver activity in the face of a reduced workforce, public funding cuts and a high dependency on volunteers. Without the necessary knowledge and skills, it can be difficult for small organisations in the cultural heritage sector to take full advantage of the different sources of funding available for the variety of activities that they wish to undertake. Network funding will be used to run a full-day workshop in Manchester that covers both theory and approaches to fundraising and offers participants a chance to write a funding bid with expert guidance.
The National Performance Advisory Group Arts, Heritage and Design in Healthcare Network (NPAG-AHDHN) is a membership group of NHS managers and professional leads who are involved in the leadership and delivery of Arts, Heritage and Design services across hospitals. NPAG-AHDHN is also a strategic alliance member of The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) which is a national alliance committed to promoting the role of the creative arts in health and care. The consortium will use the Networks fund to support a professional development day exploring the fundraising challenges around infrastructure fundraising and skills gaps within the arts and health sector and in particular hospitals.
Sheffield Creative Guild is a cooperative with a membership of over 800 artists and creative professionals based in and around Sheffield. The Guild provides a peer support network through social events, online resources and a time-banking scheme which enables collaboration and skill sharing between members. Using the Networks funding It will run three workshops from January – March 2020, taking members through the stages of sourcing funding, putting in an application, and evaluating a project. These will be available as a complete course, or as individual workshops for members who feel that they need support in only one or two of these areas. The Guild’s membership is hugely varied, meaning that workshop attendees will represent very diverse groups of creative individuals. Its intention is that these workshops will develop peer networks that respond to demand across the membership.
The Ely Cultural Strategy Group’s aim is to develop and then deliver a cultural strategy for Ely and its neighbouring parishes. The work of the group is intended to enhance existing cultural offers and infrastructure. It will look for ways that, through partnership and collaboration, it can increase the cultural vibrancy of the city, to have a positive impact on the local economy and engage with both local residents and visitors. Networks funding will support the development of an effective fundraising strategy as part of the overall Cultural Strategy for Ely, as well as develop a shared approach to effective fundraising in partnership.
Queer Arts National Network
The Queer Arts National Network is an informal network of UK LGBTQ+ arts organisations comprising festivals, venues and promoters. Historically, the LGBTQ+ cultural sector has been poorly funded, meaning that organisations are small-scale, inadequately resourced and working in isolated circumstances. The purpose of forming this network is the development of the LGBTQ+ cultural sector, promoting peer-to-peer support and encouraging collaborative/strategic approaches to fundraising that build the capacity and resilience of the organisations involved. Networks funding will support Queer Arts to run a day of facilitated training and development, with a focus on developing collaborative projects and fundraising from LGBTQ+ communities.