testbeds arts enterprise zone will provide Luton-based artists at all stages of their careers the opportunity to access a needs-driven hub for knowledge-exchange and creative enterprise development

 
 

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The testbeds arts enterprise zone is a needs-driven programme of training and skills-development opportunities designed to help people that work or volunteer in Luton in the arts, culture or creative sectors to increase their capacity to thrive in whatever they do.

We recently asked the Luton creative community to tell us what they wanted from the arts enterprise zone. A summary of what was said and what we will offer is below. If you would like to contribute to the enterprise zone programme, contact us and tell us what you would like to see offered. 

 
 
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you told us what you wanted

We asked the Luton arts community to tell us what was needed from our training programme.  Here is what you said: 

  • You want practical help with completing funding bids and approaching funders.
  • You want development in strategic thinking, leadership skills and business planning.
  • You want help with professional resilience, particularly in sustaining outreach work and partnerships.
  • You want to build networks across different artistic and creative disciplines.

this is what we will deliver

September 2017: Practical help with completing funding bids. 
Access to specialised help in completing funding bids, including the opportunity to book one-to-one advice with arts funding experts.
October 2017: Professional resilience. 
Training in developing and sustaining partnerships from the University of Bedfordshire and sector experts.
November 2017: Development in strategic thinking. 
Presentations from industry experts on strategic and business planning, offering practical advice for furthering your professional sustainability.
November 2017, A Sense of Place conference: Network building. 
Interdisciplinary sessions with other creatives, where you can build connections and collaborative partnerships. 

 
 
 
 

the arts enterprise zone September programme

The arts enterprise zone will launch with a series of funding-focused training and skills-development opportunities throughout September. We encourage you, no matter where you are on your fundraising journey, to attend all three sessions. The programme is as follows: 

 
 
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Thursday 14th September

starting your successful fundraising journey 

A practical session that will introduce you to a variety of funders, provide training on the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts, and develop your skills on constructing budgets for funding applications. 

University of Bedfordshire, G101, Campus Centre
Thursday 14th September
2pm - 6pm
FREE for Luton-based creative community members

  • 2pm - 2.45pm: Support from Luton Borough Council by Sandra Hayes, Service Manager, Strategic Community Services. Hear about the different community funds and ways that Luton Borough Council can support your project.
  • 3pm - 5pm: Grants for the Arts workshop by Arts Council England. Learn about the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts programme and hear about what makes a successful application. This is an essential session for anyone starting out on their fundraising journey and an excellent refresher for anyone that has previously applied to Grants for the Arts.
  • 5pm - 6pm: Constructing budgets for funding applications by Antoine Mercier, Research Grant Team Leader, Innovation & Enterprise, University of Bedfordshire. Learn about how to approach constructing budgets for funding applications. Antoine will cover a range of topics including in-kind costs and balancing income and expenditure. This is an essential session for anyone starting out on their fundraising journey and an excellent refresher for anyone that has previously applied for funding.
 

 

Thursday 28th September

expand your fundraising horizons

During this session, creatives looking to take the next step in their careers will have the chance to hear from ArtReach about European and strategic funding, from creative consultant Dipak Mistry about diversifying your income streams and from the Arts Council about the International Development Fund. 

Expand your fundraising horizons
University of Bedfordshire, Art & Design Building, Cultural Quarter
12pm - 3pm

FREE for Luton-based creative community members

For: This session will be tailored for Luton-based creative practitioners looking to take the next step in their careers. It is however open to anyone and all Luton-based creative and community practitioners are encouraged to attend.  

  • 12pm - 1pm: European and strategic funding workshop by David Hill of Art Reach. Learn about the range of strategic funding initiatives available through European funding and develop your knowledge of the ways in which to expand your capacity to fundraise through partnerships. 
  • 1pm - 2pm: Diversifying income streams by Creative Consultant Dipak Mistry. Hear about the variety of ways outside of grant funding that can be used to enhance your financial sustainability and the ways in which to approach working across multiple funded projects at a time.  
  • 2pm - 3pm: International Development Fund by Arts Council England. Hear about the Arts Council's International Development Fund in the lead-up to the closing dates in December 2017 and March 2018.
 

 

Thursday 28th September

one-to-one fundraising advice

Book in to have a one-to-one meeting with a number of funders and arts funding experts including representatives from Arts Council England and ArtReach. 


One-to-one fundraising advice
University of Bedfordshire, Art & Design Building, Cultural Quarter
3pm - 7pm

FREE for Luton-based creative community members
Please note that at this stage, you can only book one session. After the initial sign up phase we will open any remaining slots for second meetings.

Note: You will be required to submit a short statement (one page maximum) in advance of your meeting. You may submit this now, or any time up until one week prior to the session. This simple form can be used for structuring your statement.

You have the choice of four experts for your one-to-one session: 

Samantha Martin, Arts Council England: Young people Relationship Manager

  • See Samantha for advice on: Grants for the Arts proposals or ideas for projects that benefit young people
  • Suitable for people at all stages of their fundraising journey

Natalie Phillips, Arts Council England: Engagement and Audiences Relationship Manager

  • See Natalie for advice on: Grants for the Arts proposals or ideas for projects that benefit a diverse range participants, communities and audiences. 
  • Suitable for people at all stages of their fundraising journey

Dipak Mistry: Creative Consultant and Bedford and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) board member

  • See Dipak for general advice on acquiring funding and diversifying your income streams, and for advice regarding the Bedford & Luton Community Fund. 
  • Suitable for people at all stages of their fundraising journey

David Hill: Managing Director, ArtReach

  • See David for advice on projects with a national and international focus and advice on accessing strategic and European funding. 
  • Most suitable for creatives looking to take the next step in their fundraising journey
 
 
 
 
 
 

testbeds arts enterprise zone is a flexible programme that will respond to the needs of the creative community in Luton

If you have suggestions for training, resources or opportunities that would enhance your creative capacity, please get in touch. This programme is for, by and with the people of Luton, so make it your own.

 
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