A broad funding base

Outdoor performance
14 Apr 2016

Over £400k has to be raised every year to stage the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. How do they do it? Toby Smith outlines his strategy.

A sound investment

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31 Mar 2016

Encouraging individual giving may not make financial sense, but it’s helped Unfolding Theatre build invaluable relationships, says Annie Rigby

Job ladder – Rod Hebden

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03 Mar 2016

From engineering to managing cream teas at the National Trust and now fundraising for Cheltenham Festivals, Rod Hebden tells us about his career so far.

Life after regular funding

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25 Feb 2016

Audiences and rural promoters are the life-blood of Northumberland Theatre Company. Gillian Hambleton reveals how the company harnessed that loyalty to keep the company going through hard times.

Arts becoming less reliant on government funding

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05 Feb 2016

Cultural organisations in receipt of local authority funding are bracing for cuts, but the sector remains optimistic about its financial outlook, according to a new survey.

One coin, two sides

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04 Feb 2016

For small arts companies, it’s a fiercely competitive time to be applying for funding from trusts and foundations. Annie Rigby and Natalie Querol share their very different experiences. 

Career guide: Arts fundraising

People collaborating
28 Jan 2016

What kind of person makes a good fundraiser? Amanda Rigali answers your questions and reveals why it’s never been a better time to enter the field. 

The year ahead

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26 Jan 2016

What will the next 12 months bring for the arts and cultural sector? The Audience Agency team share their predictions for what lies ahead.

Taking back control

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20 Jan 2016

After moving to a new box office system, an Atlanta theatre secured nearly three times more in donations in the last half of 2015 than its 2014 total. Libby Penn shares the story.

Facing up to failure

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19 Jan 2016

Are fundraisers too scared to take risks? Michelle Wright examines the issue and asks three arts fundraisers what they’ve learnt from their own failures. 

Getting more from trusts and foundations

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11 Jan 2016

How can small arts organisations fundraise more efficiently? Joanna Ridout shares her tips for attracting greater investment whilst filling in fewer forms. 

Nurturing a new generation

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06 Jan 2016

Wendy Gadian explains why finding the right funder was key to helping the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama support emerging musical directors.

Back to basics

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04 Jan 2016

Fundraising experts Adam Lopardo and Ellie Turner share their dos and don’ts of applying for funding from trusts and foundations.

Success home and away

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10 Dec 2015

David Curtis reveals how the Orchestra of the Swan has secured funding from trusts based as far afield as New York.

A strong application

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10 Dec 2015

Do trusts and foundations really favour some organisations over others? Sarah Miller explains what can move the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to offer repeat funding.

When times are tough

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10 Dec 2015

With a fundraising target of £18m for Hull 2017, James Trowsdale knows how to present a project application that stands out from the competition. He shares his tips.

If at first you don’t succeed…

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10 Dec 2015

The National Theatre isn’t shy about re-approaching a foundation that has previously turned it down. Emily Horn and Bryony Mills explain why.

Competing against the rest

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10 Dec 2015

Deborah Larwood reveals how Sheffield Theatres secured foundation funding for an access project and shares her top fundraising tips.

Managing the money

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03 Dec 2015

Do you regularly find your head pickled by the financial rules and regulations pertaining to fundraising? Accountant Pete O’Hara is on hand to steer you safely around the pitfalls.

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