Angela Swan, the West Midlands Based Partnerships Officer, Regeneration for Arts Council England talked about how to go about applying for Arts Council funding, incorporating lots of ideas, hints and tips into her presentation. Angela Swan Presentation (ppt, 4.5mb). Alan Gill, Regional Organiser for the National Youth Theatre gave an verbal presentation on the NYT’s recent experience in winning at £100,000 Arts Council Grant. Alan will be happy to share his experiences with anyone contemplating an Arts Council bid.
The government has announced a grant of £52,000 to Dudley Council to try and open up empty premises in High Streets. Rupert Dugdale’s presentation covered the background and context of the initiative and, although early days, set out Dudley’s approach to the scheme and asked for suggestions and comments on how the funding could be best utilised. Rupert Dugdale Presentation (ppt, 81mb)
Business Link’s Sector Development Director for Creative Cultural and Digital enterprises, Lara Ratnaraja set out her role – advising and linking creative industries to regional and national strategies. A range of potential business opportunities, events and very useful contacts were given during her presentation. Lara Ratnaraja Presentation (ppt, 4.6mb)
Duncan Lowndes is coordinating the revision of Dudley Borough’s Cultural Strategy. This is a key strategic document which will help determine where organisations choose to direct their resources. Duncan commented that the existing strategy is very council centric and he hoped that the revised document will be much more inclusive and include sections on the role of creativity in the local economy. Duncan Lowndes Presentation (ppt, 126k)
Pamela Smith runs her own business, Sited and is a horticulturist who creates walks, pamphlets, talks and promotes community engagement through observation of nature in the urban environment. She has been granted lottery funds through the University of Birmingham to develop a walk in the Brierley Hill area. In her presentation Pam talked about her work and gave her practical tips for anyone setting up their own creative enterprise. Pamela Smith Presentation (PPT, 29mb)