The power of shared ambition

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01 Mar 2018

A unified view of audience behaviour has increased sales and donations for Exeter Phoenix. Alice Young explains how.

Finding the magic money tree

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01 Mar 2018

By looking at admissions, ancillary sales and affiliation in isolation you may be missing a trick. Tim Baker advises on how to maximise upgrades and offer cost-effective membership benefits.

A dedicated director of business development

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28 Feb 2018

As a small but fast-growing touring theatre company run by part-time staff, Hubbub Theatre Company has benefited from appointing a Director of Business Development. Jo Kemp explains what her job entails. 

Heritage Lottery Fund consults on becoming more commercial

Battersea Arts Centre
21 Feb 2018

Grant-giving will be disrupted for the next year, as the funder considers introducing loans and corporate funding objectives from 2019.

How we raised £35k for refugees

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21 Feb 2018

When orchestra professionals Tamzin Aitken and Libby Papakyriacou decided to stage a fundraising concert to support the refugee crisis – outside of their normal day jobs – they were overwhelmed by the response. 

Research questions value of Gift Aid scheme

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16 Feb 2018

The Government spends more money incentivising donations than charities receive through the incentivised donations, researchers at a new independent Tax Centre have concluded.

Where are our young and diverse trustees?

01 Feb 2018

Given that trustees have financial and legal responsibility for their charity, it’s no surprise many people lack the confidence to take on the role. It’s time to change that, says Michelle Wright

Making the transition to producing house

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28 Nov 2017

London’s West End is full of receiving theatres, but the Jermyn Street Theatre has recently rebranded and restructured itself as a producing house. Tom Littler tells the story.

Reader’s question: Flamenco Productions asks ‘what should I do next?’

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27 Nov 2017

Do you have any advice for Vicky Rodríguez-Altuna, who wants to take her successful flamenco show around the UK but is struggling to raise the necessary funding?

Arts investment: The north-south divide

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23 Nov 2017

In an era of funding cuts, how can a town like Barnsley find the level of support it needs to encourage badly needed cultural regeneration? Helen Ball describes the challenges.

My experience with crowdfunding

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21 Nov 2017

Amy Zamarripa Solis’s first attempt at crowdfunding was not a success. She explains what went wrong and reveals how – after raising less than 50% of her target – she still managed to stage a successful fringe theatre production.

Charity Commission gears up for charging

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10 Nov 2017

Some arts organisations could be asked to pay fees to support the work of the charity regulator in England and Wales under proposals being prepared for consultation.

How much hope should we put in trusts and foundations?

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02 Nov 2017

With local authority arts funding slumping, are trusts and foundations picking up the bill? Christy Romer assesses a landscape under strain.

Why your organisational values should inform your fundraising

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02 Nov 2017

Fundraising in the arts has never been more highly regulated, but that doesn’t mean organisations should forget their own ethics and values, argues Michelle Wright.

Matched crowdfunding increases public donations and fundraising skills

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13 Oct 2017

The average public donation to arts projects increased from £63 to £74 when backed by match funding.

Welsh arts leaders call for national arts advocacy campaign

Wales Millennium Centre
06 Oct 2017

A ‘brand Wales’ campaign would raise the profile of culture and help the sector raise more non-public funds, the Welsh Assembly has been told.

Fundraising Regulator faces backlash over “naughty list”

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08 Sep 2017

Arts leaders have hit back at the Regulator for “behaving like a mobile phone company who refers a dispute to the debt-collector without engaging with the client”.

Fundraising Regulator names arts organisations that failed to pay levy

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01 Sep 2017

Unicorn Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Shape Arts have been listed among the charities yet to pay the controversial voluntary levy charged by the Regulator for policing fundraising activity.

National Funding Scheme under review again

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01 Sep 2017

The Charity Commission is reviewing the activities of the charity behind the DONATE digital fundraising platform for the second time, to determine whether there are ongoing “regulatory concerns”. 

Making contact

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04 Aug 2017

Contactless technology presents an exciting new fundraising opportunity. Rob Cawston explains how National Museums Scotland created a contactless donation experience.

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