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First Art is no one-hit wonder, we're in it for the long run. Our Cultural Enterprise programme supports local people to set up social enterprises that inspire more people to experience the arts and bring long-term benefits to the communities we work in

Giving local people jobs, increasing skills and 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 cultivate their creative ideas.

It is essential in the current climate that we find ways to inspire and support people to have the confidence to set up cultural enterprises. We want to support them every step of the way; this could be through training to offering transport costs; we’ll inject the inspiration and investment needed to provide unique opportunities for people to take part, to develop and realise their enterprising potential and business ideas. These ideas must provide public benefit to local communities and allow more people to experience the arts.

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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 that enhance cultural opportunities and experiences for local people
  • Actively seek and build opportunities in the area, connecting with communities to find those most in need and to link to the business, skills development and education sectors
  • Attract match funding to support initiatives and projects.

This will all go to helping us achieve our vision of inspiring more people to experience and shape the arts as well as strengthening the cultural sector.

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