We had a fantastic response to the open slots at the Arts Fundraising for Busy People conference.  A dozen people stepped up to share – in 2-minute lightning talks – their challenges and experiences of fundraising for their arts organisation, to extend collaboration opportunities and to announce news and events from creative projects they are involved in.

Please do leave a comment if you’d like to respond to questions raised, share your thoughts or experience on arts fundraising, or want to hook up for a collaboration.

If you’re going along to any of the events, performances or workshops announced, have a grand time – come back with pictures and tell us how they went!


  • Helen Moyes from Ecclesall Textile School is connecting people with what they want to learn, in the places that they are. Experience tells that free events and workshops, though, don’t inspire ‘valued.’ So the question is:

How can we connect arts and culture with the people that are most in need, but who are either too busy or don’t have the motivation to get involved?

  • Hilary Foster (@hilaryrfoster)is a part-time accidental fundraiser at Third Angel, among many other operational responsibilities. As well as announcing the Pulse Festival (26 May – 4 June 2016, Ipswich UK), she poses the question:

Can you really be a part-time fundraiser, and if so, how do balance the conflict between production delivery and fundraising?

  • Alison Lord (@alisonlordylord) runs the Arts & Culture volunteering programme (@ArtsCultureSHSU) at Sheffield Hallam University Student Union. As well as looking for projects to connect student volunteers, she asks:

As a charity, how do we build initiatives to support students to build careers in the arts?

  • Brett Lee Roberts (@brettleeroberts) and Mikey Cook are early career arts professionals. They are looking for advocates and patrons for their enterprise Target Theatre Company (@TargetTheatreCo). Bringing in experience is a great medium-long game approach to help improve their position when fundraising and developing projects. They ask:

How else can a young theatre company grow & diversify fundraising streams?


  • James Wallbank (@accessjames) is looking to introduce a Makers-in-Residence programme at Makers on the Edge (@makers555), which also unveils a series of laser-powered workshops.
  • Phill Nash is looking for collaborators to develop an exhibition that showcases the expressive artforms that are often used for storytelling in philosophy, including fable, dialogue, drama.
  • Tara Baker (@tara_e_baker)is looking to develop cross-artforms collaboration that can help The Dance Network (@dancesheffield) build on the success of their Cityscapes project.
  • Grace Brierley, Partnership Development Officer at Museums Sheffield (@museumsheffield) has been developing their case-cause support offer, is interested in exchanging fundraising experiences and techniques with those in the cultural sector.


   Other Announcements

  • Jane Dawson (@plainjanedawson) announced that Sheffield Creative Guild (@sheffieldguild) recently launched, offering grassroots and other arts providers a membership network, a platform to share creative projects, fundraising advice and growing event series. More info at sheffieldcreativeguild.com.
  • Annie Mayes from Arts on the Run (@artsontherun), who do creative projects with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants, announced an extensive programme of events for World Refugee Week, running 20-26 June 2016.
  • Natalie Hunt (@madamezucchini) announced the forthcoming appearance of Leek Sykwalker and Darth Tater at Rhubarb Farm in Derbyshire UK on 1 June 2016.
  • Sarah Christie shared the experience of how a pay-what-you-feel model has not only been very successful financially, but fits in well with the inclusion and accessibility goals of the Edge of the Universe Printing Press (@edge_universe), a social enterprise for self-publishing and printing that grew out of a hobby and now delivers arts workshops to businesses and communities.

Fundraisers and organisations can use Culture Everywhere to find the evidence they need to quickly develop fundable project proposals.

Organisations can strengthen their position to deliver better social outcomes through cultural activities.

The platform gives arts providers a place to research and develop their proposals, showcase their portfolio of work, find partners and funders, and track their impacts and social outcomes.

Data-driven fundraising for busy people