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Getting Lottery Funding

August 24th, 2021|Comments Off on Getting Lottery Funding

This two-hour workshop will give you an overview of the three Lottery Funding bodies most relevant to cultural organisations and approaches to take for the best chance of funding success.

 

Thursday 14 October 2021, 2 – 4pm (with a break), on Zoom

 

What is it about?

National Lottery grants are distributed by different organisations who all have different priorities, different processes but also common interests. Researching all this information can seem like a minefield, so this workshop aims to cut through the confusion and present the main things to consider with each funder. We will discuss how to decide what to apply for and key tips to make sure you have the right things in place to give you the best chance of success.

This online workshop is relevant to creative and cultural practitioners and organisations who want to find out about approaches to winning funding from three lottery funding distributors: Arts Council England, Heritage Fund and Community Fund.

What is covered?

The workshop will cover:

  • A detailed look at the different funds open to you
  • Why ALL the different distributors might be relevant to your work
  • Their different priorities
  • How to decide how much to ask for
  • Tips for success for the different funders
  • How to present budgets, project plans and evidence
  • What you will need to do if you get funding

There will be time to ask questions and discuss approaches. The workshop will be led by our Arts and Heritage Consultant, Jo Dacombe, who has years of experience of successfully approaching all three funders and can give specific guidance as well as examples.

Who should attend?

The workshop is suitable for those with no experience of lottery funding, those who have had some lottery funding success and are ready to be more ambitious, or those who want to update their knowledge. It is relevant for all charities, community and voluntary sector organisations and creative individuals.

Trainers

The training will be delivered by Arts and Heritage Consultant Jo Dacombe. Jo has worked in the cultural sector for 25 years, fundraising for her own initiated creative projects as well as working in arts development and as a consultant. Since working at ArtReach, Jo has supported large and small organisations to access Lottery funds, DCMS and DEFRA funding, Trusts and Foundations grants and to develop fundraising strategies, membership schemes and individual giving.

About ArtReach

ArtReach has evolved over a 20-year period to offer a unique combination of consultancy support and creative producer delivery. From April 2018, ArtReach is a Band 2 ACE NPO. ArtReach has provided fundraising support for small and medium-sized organisations and venues and has successfully fundraised to develop its own major, original projects – Night of Festivals (15 editions delivered since 2010, from 2020 rebranded as Liberty UK Festival) and Journeys Festival International, a refugee arts festival with ACE Ambition for Excellence support, delivered annually in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. ArtReach has also secured European funding, including three consecutive awards through Creative Europe, for its festival activity.

ArtReach has secured over £60 million for arts and heritage projects across the UK from sources including Lottery, Local Authorities and other statutory sources, European Union (Creative Europe, ERDF, ESF and INTERREG), private Trusts and Foundations, corporate sources and individual donors. Over the last three years, ArtReach has written circa 50 successful applications to ACE (with over a 90% success rate).

Book your workshop space here: Getting Lottery Funding

Cost

£30 per person

A number of places are reserved on a first-come basis for individuals or organisations with an annual turnover of less than £30,000. Please contact admin@artreach.biz

Further Training Opportunities

ArtReach is also planning further training and development workshops throughout the year:

  • Fundraising Fundamentals on Thursday 2 September 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • Evaluation Basics on Thursday 25 November 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • How to create a Business Plan on Thursday 13 January 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • How to create a Fundraising Strategy on Thursday 24 February 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here

Great opportunities to work for and volunteer at Journeys Festival International 2021

August 10th, 2021|Comments Off on Great opportunities to work for and volunteer at Journeys Festival International 2021

ArtReach is now recruiting for Event Assistants and Volunteers based in Leicester, Manchester or Portsmouth to help the ArtReach team deliver Journeys Festival International in 2021.

Journeys Festival International (JFI) explores the refugee experience through the work of artists who either have a lived experience of forced migration or who explore the experiences of communities seeking sanctuary through their art.

Between 15 and 24 October, JFI will be delivered simultaneously in three locations – Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. The festival will bring together a vibrant mix of performances and exhibitions, including live music, visuals, installations, films and digital arts, storytelling, poetry, dance and theatre, along with discussions and workshops.

As an Events Assistant or Volunteer, you will play a valuable role in delivering this diverse arts festival over 10 days, helping thousands of JFI audiences enjoy their experience and discover something new.

More information about the Events Assistant and Volunteer roles and how to apply, is outlined below. If you have any questions after reading the information, email admin@artreach.biz

Event Assistants (Based in Leicester, Manchester or Portsmouth)

£9.50 per hour (Freelance)

Join the JFI Team and support the ArtReach Producers and Coordinators to deliver JFI 2021. With prior experience in supporting the delivery of arts festivals or projects (small or large), you will have excellent communication and practical problem-solving skills, with the confidence to approach audiences to share what’s on at the festival and get their feedback, and help artists present their work offering exceptional support.

What you can expect:

  • You will support the Festival Producers with coordinating volunteers at the festival.
  • There will be work on site in venues to support get ins and get outs, provide assistance in venues or on stage, and you might be the main point of contact on-site at specific events throughout the festival. 
  • You will provide technical assistance to artists and contractors as required. 
  • You will be briefed fully so you can answer questions and gather feedback from the public about the festival and provide a warm and friendly presence to artists and our audience.
  • To support the Festival Producers with any other duties within the scope of the job role as needed.

What we are looking for:

Please do apply if you have:

  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events.
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • Flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • Willingness to travel and to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Experience in supporting the delivery of arts festivals and projects e.g., venue liaison, working with artists or being a stage assistant.
  • Ability to think practically to deliver the needs of events.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a friendly and approachable manner. 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Knowledge of local arts and cultural organisations and venues in Leicester, Manchester or Portsmouth would be an advantage.
  • Commitment to equality and diversity.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover email outlining why you are interested in the role and what relevant skills and experiences you have. Please also provide details of two referees.

Please indicate your availability to work for the festival (i.e. specify which days) between 15 and 24 October and in which preferred location (Leicester, Manchester or Portsmouth).

You will need to attend an online briefing and training session in the week commencing 4 October 2021 (date to be confirmed according to availability)

Send to: admin@artreach.biz

Deadline to apply: 9am 1 September 2021.  

 

 

Volunteers (Based in Leicester, Manchester or Portsmouth)

Pay: This is a voluntary position but we will reimburse out of pocket expenses incurred whilst supporting the festival.

If you’re looking to gain some experience in Festival and Event Delivery or just want to support a project in your local community, then volunteer at Journeys Festival International and you will be able to shadow the professional team and carry out a range of different tasks that you feel able to take on.

What you can expect:

  • Shifts will be for a few hours at a time where you will support different members of the team as they prepare for and deliver the festival.
  • You will visit different installation sites and talk to artists and venue managers and get feedback or take action as necessary.
  • You may have to spend some time outdoors and could be on your feet for several hours.
  • You may be required to talk to members of the public and answer questions about the festival.

What we are looking for:

Please do apply if you have:

  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events.
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • A flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • The willingness to travel and to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Commitment to equality and diversity.

To apply, please tell us about you, your skills and experience and why you are interested in the role in an email to admin@artreach.biz.

Please also provide the details of two referees (these can be work-based or educational references).

Deadline to apply: 9am 1 September 2021.  

 

Fundraising Strategy and Implementation

July 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Fundraising Strategy and Implementation

A Case Study on our Relationship with The Music Partnership

Between 2018 and 2021, ArtReach supported The Music Partnership to develop, agree and implement a fundraising strategy (linked to a new brand refresh), which has helped leverage around £700,000 in revenue funding across its programmes such as Early Years music, In Harmony, supporting music-making with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and Workforce Development. Funding has also helped to ensure the partnership continues to offer excellent online music education opportunities for children and young people during the pandemic.

Over the last three years, ArtReach’s key objectives were to support The Music Partnership:

  1. Develop a fundraising strategy in collaboration with the members of the partnership to achieve diversity in its income sources and explore new potential areas of giving, such as gifts from individuals and memberships via its charitable partner Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians as well as accessing support from lottery funders, trusts and foundations.
  2. Agree a case for support in collaboration with members of the partnership that represents the breadth of its work with children and young people and their music-making in the region.
  3. Implement the fundraising strategy, which includes developing project outlines and writing applications to trusts and foundations, the development of individual giving platforms and applications for strategic funds from its major lottery funders.

Building on ArtReach’s extensive experience with music education and in particular with Music Education Hubs and their ACE business planning requirements, ArtReach worked collaboratively with The Music Partnership to develop a robust and practical fundraising strategy, putting together a range of initiatives and opportunities that suited the structure of the partnership best, comprising many different independent organisations – some charitable and some for-profit.

The strategy presented the partnership’s shared objectives and strengths of its memberships and described the importance of these aspects in leveraging a range of different funds – from trusts and foundations to donations and lottery funding to individual memberships. The strategy explored how accessing these funds could revive previous initiatives that were unfunded at that time, extend the geographical reach of its existing work and also seek new projects to expand its offer as well.

ArtReach collaborated with project managers, head teachers, teachers and music specialists to draw together project proposals and plans, agree budgets and submit proposals.

Over the course of the contract, ArtReach was able to support the relaunch of SoundPots – an Early Years initiative that would take place in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum – as well as the continuation of The Music Partnership’s excellent In Harmony programme in schools across Telford and Stoke and further a new project to develop resources for teachers supporting children and young people to make music in special schools, funded by Youth Music. ArtReach was also delighted that its fundraising support helped The Music Partnership access Cultural Recovery Funds that enabled it to offer blended and flexible approaches to continue to support music-making for children and young people during the pandemic, including support for those without online access to music lessons.

Joanna Dacombe, ArtReach Arts and Heritage Consultant, explained that “it’s incredibly beneficial to work closely over a longer period of time with organisations like The Music Partnership, and these are the sort of relationships I enjoy the most. We get to know their organisation really well and this enables ArtReach to plan more substantial activity that makes a significant difference to the organisation over the long term. It also helps us, as we found in the pandemic, to be able to respond more quickly to changing situations because we are fully involved with the partnership and therefore able to adapt plans and continue to support success when the unexpected happens!”

John Callister, Head of Service for Entrust Music Service Staffordshire, further described that “working with the specialist knowledge of the ArtReach team has added tremendous value and capacity to our partnership. They have challenged thinking, supported priorities and ultimately delivered on raising additional income for vital new projects whilst supporting the development of on-going charitable giving.”

If you’d like to explore how ArtReach can help you with fundraising, business development, training or evaluation programmes, please contact Jo Dacombe, Arts and Heritage Consultant by email Joanna@artreach.biz 

ArtReach secures funding for ‘Building Communities and Community Buildings’

July 14th, 2021|Comments Off on ArtReach secures funding for ‘Building Communities and Community Buildings’

ArtReach is proud to have a long standing relationship with one of the UK’s leading Islamic arts, heritage and cultural organisations as we have worked with Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture for a number of years. From artistic programming to supporting fundraising, this relationship has helped to shape MKIAC’s organisational development over a number of years with practical advice, business planning and further event delivery. The MKIAC festival is a regular highlight in the Midlands’ cultural calendar and each year ArtReach looks forward to the vast array of intriguing artists, exhibitions and events that the festival brings to the area.

More recently, Jo Dacombe from the ArtReach consultation team has been working with MKIAC on securing funding for a new project ‘Building Communities and Community Buildings’. This project will explore the diversity of migrant stories on the initial and ongoing development of Milton Keynes as a city. The project will look at the communities who relocated to Milton Keynes and the buildings, partnerships, relationships and cultural or creative groups that this migration has created.

Together, we’re thrilled to announce that with fundraising support from ArtReach, MKIAC have been awarded £94,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver this extensive programme alongside some key cultural and creative organisations across the city.

Milton Keynes Museum will support researching, recording and the digital archive of interviews of older migrants to the area, being led by young participants who’ll be trained with interview techniques in a series of workshops. Local community centres MKMA, Zainabiya Madressa Centre and Ramgarhia Sabha Sikh Community Centre will be on the programme as well and explore the migratory stories of some of the long term city residents too. MKIAC will further work with MK Museum to set up a new Community Panel that will input into the Museum’s new exhibition about the development of Milton Keynes as a New Town.

Anouar Kassim, Founder & Director of MKIAC, explains that there is “a rich vein of heritage in Milton Keynes, a diverse pot of cultures that have come together, integrated and grown with the town itself. Considering Milton Keynes was built just over 50 years ago, it’s incredible to see how many cultures, religions, businesses, families and communities from all over the world are settled here. Not only do we want to capture those stories, we want the next generations to be able to understand, learn from and celebrate that history too.”

Jo Dacombe, Arts and Heritage Consultant for ArtReach, expands: “The idea is stunning in its simplicity and will allow us to understand, empathise and enjoy this vast tapestry of heritage stories that would otherwise remain hidden from view. Through a series of partners and workshops we’ll upskill young people in the city to host the interviews with the generations above. The young people will then be involved in the digital archiving and creative celebrations that will form part of the programme of events as these stories are discovered. We aim to explore the depths of these stories with local schools, finding creative ways to celebrate and bring the communities together to truly celebrate this unique town in all its glory. We’ll also set up a Community Panel that will work to represent the diverse communities of MK in the Museum’s exhibition.”

A significant output for the project will be the digital archive of the interviews, which audiences will be able to access on the MKIAC website, spreading these intimate tales a little further around the world. The project begins when current restrictions will allow and will culminate with creative celebrations in schools across the area in 2022.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the support shown with this project. It’s a unique approach to exploring unique communities in a rather unique town and we’re excited to see the final results next year.

 

 

Fundraising Fundamentals – Top tips and tools for fundraising success

July 5th, 2021|Comments Off on Fundraising Fundamentals – Top tips and tools for fundraising success

This two-hour workshop is about supporting you step by step to prepare and write a range of funding bids.

 

Thursday 2nd September 2021, 2.00pm – 4.00pm (with a break), on Zoom

 

What is it about?

Fundraising can be a challenge and extremely disheartening when applications for funding are declined. It takes time to develop high-quality bids. For many, it is also about having a bit more confidence.

This online workshop is about supporting you step by step to prepare and write a range of funding bids and approaches to funders such as Lottery, Trusts and Foundations and also individual donors. The workshop will share some top tips and tools to save time, boost your confidence and increase your success.

What is covered?

Topics covered include:

  • The key elements of a fundraising strategy
  • Tools for planning your projects (and thus the content of your funding bids)
  • The language of funders and tailoring responses
  • Starting to write your bid
  • Building relationships with your supporters

The workshop will be interactive, encourage discussion and include step-by-step practical activities to take you through the process. At the end of the workshop, you will have all you need to start drafting!

Who should attend?

This is an introductory session for those with little or no experience in fundraising or for those people in need of a refresh or confidence boost. It is relevant for all charities, community and voluntary sector organisations who are looking for guidance on how and where to start.

From previous attendees:

”Thank you so much for the opportunity – I really feel I gained useful practical skills.”

”The session really opened my eyes to the work that goes into creating a funding proposal.”

Trainers

The training will be delivered by Arts and Heritage Consultant Jo Dacombe. Jo has worked in the cultural sector for 25 years, fundraising for her own initiated creative projects as well as working in arts development and as a consultant. Since working at ArtReach, Jo has supported large and small organisations to access Lottery funds, DCMS and DEFRA funding, Trusts and Foundations grants and to develop fundraising strategies, membership schemes and individual giving.

About ArtReach

ArtReach has evolved over a 20-year period to offer a unique combination of consultancy support and creative producer delivery. From April 2018, ArtReach is a Band 2 ACE NPO. ArtReach has provided fundraising support for small and medium-sized organisations and venues and has successfully fundraised to develop its own major, original projects – Night of Festivals (15 editions delivered since 2010, from 2020 rebranded as Liberty UK Festival) and Journeys Festival International, a refugee arts festival with ACE Ambition for Excellence support, delivered annually in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. ArtReach has also secured European funding, including three consecutive awards through Creative Europe, for its festival activity.

ArtReach has secured over £60 million for arts and heritage projects across the UK from sources including Lottery, Local Authorities and other statutory sources, European Union (Creative Europe, ERDF, ESF and INTERREG), private Trusts and Foundations, corporate sources and individual donors. Over the last three years, ArtReach has written circa 50 successful applications to ACE (with over a 90% success rate).

Book your workshop space here: Fundraising Fundamentals

Cost

£30 per person

A number of places are reserved on a first-come basis for individuals or organisations with an annual turnover of less than £30,000. Please contact admin@artreach.biz

Further Training Opportunities

ArtReach is also planning further training and development workshops throughout the year:

  1. Getting Lottery Funding on Thursday 14 October 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  2. Evaluation Basics on Thursday 25 November 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  3. How to create a Business Plan on Thursday 13 January 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  4. How to create a Fundraising Strategy on Thursday 24 February 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here

Refugee Week 14 – 20 June 2021

June 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Refugee Week 14 – 20 June 2021

Journeys Festival International celebrates Refugee Week 2021 with a great variety of exciting events from 14 – 20 June, accompanied by the theme of unity and solidarity ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ – coming from Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech. Refugee Week is an invitation for everyone to extend their hand to someone new – in a bold, collective act of reaching out; in a space for everyone to listen, to exchange and to connect; in order to find out what each one of us can learn from others and what we can build together.

This year’s programme brings to you a wide spectrum of events including multi-media art programmes, community projects, book launches and film presentations:

Starting the festival with extraordinary musical highlights on 13 June is Journeys Live at HOME in Manchester. Exploring musical traditions and fusion styles, musical artists from East Africa and Syria showcase their art in this live outdoor event as part of Horizons Festival 2021 by HOME. You can enjoy the sounds of DJ Chande, Dilzat Turdi, Young Amani, Rihab Azar, Zee Guveya and the Heritage Survival Band and more to follow.

With Global Kitchen, the beloved community project in partnership with Soft Touch Arts and volunteer chefs led by Linton Magume is part of Refugee Week again! Global Kitchen unites people through food: With the first ever recipe book available in shops and launched at a small event for participants and partners on 15 June. The recipe book features dishes shared by members of the local community from their home nations, allowing you to recreate a truly global menu.

This year again, Refugee Week offers a great variety of digital events for the duration of the entire festival (14 – 20 June), accessible from all over the world! Presenting the ‘book of ideas’ by sanctuary seekers at Words of Welcome, showcasing a selection of contemporary short films at Journeys into Film and introducing an amazing multi-media experience with Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises:

In the brand new Words of Welcome project, Manchester City of Sanctuary members created a book in collaboration with ArtReach and SBC Theatre. During lockdown, sanctuary seekers were helped to develop their own storytelling in a series of creative workshops whilst improving their English skills. In the ‘book of ideas’, which you can download from the website, now they present these stories in their own words with beautiful illustrations!

Journeys into Film showcases an extraordinary selection of contemporary short films that look into collective experiences of displacement – focusing on the stories of the sounds, languages, histories and memories, which shape our relationship to space and identity. Journeys Festival International wants to specifically thank Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands for the amazing support! Book your free tickets for Journeys into Film from 14 June onwards on the website, to view the series of short films at a time of your choice throughout Refugee Week.

The multi-media project Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises offers an exciting interactive experience – taking place in specially selected locations across the UK – introducing different stories from around the globe whilst allowing a glimpse into the memories of each writer. Illustrated posters in each location allow QR code access to the audio stories written by Phosphoros Theatre, illustrated by Pickle Illustration and accompanied by musical compositions of Mira Siegel.

On 18 June, Journeys Festival International introduces Reckoning – a multimedia short film, created in collaboration with European artists, telling the stories of generations of displaced people in their own words. To celebrate Refugee Week 2021, the team will be sharing a teaser trailer for this forthcoming short film. For Journeys Festival International main festival of 2021 (15 – 25 October), the work will be developed further into a live show.

 

The Other Side of Hope is a UK-based literary magazine edited by refugees and immigrants, offering journeys into refugee and immigrant literature. They exist to serve – via words – the refugee and immigrant communities worldwide. For Refugee Week 2021, The Other Side of Hope is open to submissions until 31 July 2021!

With this extraordinary programme the festival team invite you to visit, engage and participate in the events and activities of Refugee Week 2021 in order to share the message of unity and solidarity as ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’!

Find more information on each of the events on https://www.journeysfestival.com/ and visit Refugee Week 2021