Helen Featherstone, Ignite Imaginations

The fully booked Arts Fundraising for Busy People conference is shaping up to be packed with great advice and examples for arts organisations to benefit from.

Helen Featherstone (@hjfeathers) from Ignite Imaginations opens up proceedings, and we’ll wrap up with lightning talks and roundtable sessions before networking lunch.

In the main programme, we’ve got three guest speakers covering a range of topics that can boost any fundraising endeavour for cultural organisations.

Arts Council England and Philanthropy

What is Arts Council England’s interest in philanthropy? What has it done and what is it doing to help the arts and culture sector.

Bill Vince, Arts Council England

As Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, Bill Vince (@that_bill) leads a team of specialist relationship managers working across arts organisations in the greater north area and nationally. He is the lead for Arts Council partnership working in the local authorities of Newcastle, Gateshead, Darlington North Tyneside and South Tyneside. Bill oversees dance, philanthropy and the ‘catalyst’ funding programme on behalf of the arts council in the north area.

Prior to Joining Arts Council England and relocating to the north east Bill was regional Youth Dance Strategy Manager at Yorkshire Dance, Creative Arts Project Manager at Leeds College of Music, Sounding Out Project Manager at Yorkshire Youth and Music and Education Director at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival where he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Education work in 2000. He enjoyed a long career as a community musician working on over 150 projects before moving into arts management.

Mixed Income Strategies, Sponsors and Organisational Assets

An insider look at Sheffield Doc/Fest and it’s income sources – a mix of grant funding, private sponsorship from industry businesses, and earned income. Focusing on what we feel the festival’s growth areas are, I’ll discuss how we package opportunities for sponsors, and how we use the company’s assets and data to support fundraising efforts.

Melanie Iredale, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Melanie Iredale (@littlemsmelanie) is Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world. Doc/Fest is a hub for all documentary and factual content and across all platforms, comprising: Film programme for the very best international documentaries; Talks & Sessions to inspire, inform and debate; Alternate Realities for digital and interactive innovation; and Marketplace for international business.

Starting her career as an usher at Tyneside Cinema, Melanie has worked as a film curator and festival producer in the North of England over the past ten years. Melanie managed Northern Lights Film Festival in Newcastle-Gateshead, whilst working as as Film Programme Director at Nordic International Cultural Events in Liverpool, before spending five years developing Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival as Director, commissioning new works which have gone on to be exhibited at festivals across the world. Having worked with Sheffield Doc/Fest in a freelance capacity for five years, Melanie was appointed as Deputy Director in November 2014.

Data-Driven Funding Stories

As fundraisers, we rely on hard and soft evidence to help us develop projects, produce funding bids, and understand our impact. This talk will focus on the growing role of data in our sector, and the continued value of story-telling for fundraising. We’ll also take a look at the development of Culture Everywhere, our platform for making data more accessible and useful to fundraisers in the cultural sector.

Danny Antrobus, Culture Everywhere

Danny Antrobus (@dantrobus) is a Founder and Director of Culture Everywhere, a web platform for fundraisers in the arts and cultural sector. He has spent most of his career in fundraising, including eight years at South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau. For the last few years has worked on open data engagement, supporting organizations to make better use of data.

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