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We mean business

First Art is no one-hit wonder, we're in it for the long run. And with our Cultural Enterprise programme we're putting money where our mouth is.

Generating income from other sources other than public funders is essential not just for First Art but also for the cultural sector to grow and thrive in the area.

The Cultural Enterprise scheme is designed to inspire and develop the creative ideas of local people, allowing people to be innovative and creative, but also to provide the essential business skills and attributes to commercialise their creative ideas.

We want to support budding cultural entrepreneurs every step of the way from training to transport; we’ll inject the inspiration and investment needed to provide unique opportunities for people to take part and develop business ideas.

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We want to help that next step for those that are keen to develop their creative skills into a business

These steps are so important to support talent development and to strengthen the cultural offer of the area. We’ll work with a range of business partners including our consortium partner Prince’s Trust to:

  • Provide training and mentoring to help people explore, evaluate and develop their own business ideas
  • Actively seek and build business opportunities in the area, connecting with colleges, universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Chamber of Commerce
  • Attract match funding to support initiatives and projects.

This will all go to helping us achieve our vision of increasing arts audiences and attracting resources to strengthen the cultural sector.

Drop us a line to find out more