Tailored support and training to enhance and refresh your fundraising strategies.

Based on proven case-studies, our training is delivered via seminars, master classes, workshops and events. It covers all levels – from first-time fundraisers to sophisticated executive level strategies. Many of these services are free to members, while others are offered at a discounted or subsidised rate.

Free events for A&B NI Members. Book now:

  • New Business Models in Practice

    6th December, 10.30pm – 2.00pm
    Belfast Exposed

    Delivered in partnership with Creative Europe Desk UK. 

    In an ever-changing and uncertain funding landscape, building reliance and financial sustainability is critical for the arts and culture sector to ensure long-term survival. However it cannot be done at the cost of an organisations’ artistic integrity and values.

    New Business Models is a priority of the Creative Europe – Culture Sub-Programme and the Creative Europe Desks from Northen Ireland and Ireland are joining together to deliver an event that aims to help the arts and culture sector gain a deeper understanding of this priority. We will hear from arts and culture organisations who are employing innovative practices to ensure that their businesses grow and thrive. The event will also provide an opportunity for networking with peers from the North and South and also from across Europe.

    There will be an opening session led by Sandy Fitzgerald of Olivearte who will present on the Creative Europe funded Creative Lenses project. This keynote will be followed by flash presentations and round table discussions.

    Click here to book. 

  • Introduction to the Role of a Trustee

    The role of a Trustee is a complex one. There are many responsibilities that go with accepting a Board placement however not all new Board Members are made fully aware of what those responsibilities are, or how they can make a positive contribution. This Introduction to the Role of a Trustee course introduces new Board Members and those who would like a refresher, to their roles and responsibilities and to current good practice. The cost of the training course is £25 + VAT for members and lunch will be included.

    This event will take place on 11 December 2018, 12.30pm to 4.30pm in the Arts & Business NI Offices. To book your place email Tania Carlisle at

  • Webinar: The Art of the Pitch

    10th January, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    Go To Webinar

    Fundraising is about inspiring a potential sponsor or donor, timing your “ask” perfectly and telling a compelling story about your organisation. It’s about being open and responsive to the motivations and passions of those who might partner with your organisation. The Art of the Pitch webinar will help you to hone your pitch and learn how to sell your organisation to anyone at any time. To book your place, please email Kate Livingston on

  • Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2019

    6th February, 10.30pm – 12.30pm, 1.00pm  4.30pm 
    Riddel Hall

    Aimed at enabling informed applications to Charitable Foundations, our annual Trusts & Foundations Symposium offers the opportunity to hear key note speakers from leading UK Charitable Foundations, and to meet their representatives for a one-to-one surgery.

    This year we will host our 7th Trusts & Foundations Symposium. Over the years we have facilitated nearly 400 one-to-one funding surgeries for the Cultural Sector in Northern Ireland and welcomed a number of London based Trusts and Foundations to Northern Ireland.

    The Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2019 will take place on 6th February 2019 in Riddel Hall, Belfast. 

    A&B NI Arts Members will be notified via email when this event is open for booking. For more information, please contact Kate Livingston on 

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Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.