Events and Training

Fundraising Connections

Fundraising Connections

Date & Time: Quarterly event,  10am - 12pm
Cost: A&B NI Arts Members: Free 
Location: The Black Box Belfast 
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A quarterly event for our A&B NI Members. This is  a peer led, networking and information session for our members to collaborate by sharing ideas, resources, fundraising tips, successes, losses, potential funders and more. We will also be able to share upcoming funding/grant opportunities, fundraising events, training and other resources on different aspects of fundraising. This is open to anyone in our Arts network, engaging into any aspects of fundraising.

Stepping out on the tightrope

Stepping out on the tightrope

Date & Time: Friday, May 31 10am - 12pm 
Location: The Boardroom in The Crescent Arts Centre Access document here
Free for A&BNI Members. £20+VAT for Non Members
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Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice will share some the frameworks and tools for creative resilience from his book Tactics for the Tightrope, published by Future Arts Centre. This interactive session, which will encourage people to work together, will focus on how to build sustainable creative organisations and livelihoods, so that you can stay creative whilst earning a living.

During this session Mark will go through some of the key Tactics frameworks and tools to explore creative resilience and leadership. This will be a collaborative and interactive session to lead discussions on strengthens and weaknesses through the lens of creative livelihood assets.

Funding Resilience: The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising

Funding Resilience: The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising

Date & Time: 18th June 2024, 10am - 4:30pm
Cost: A&B NI members £30+VAT
Location: The Duncairn Access Doc here
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Join fundraising consultants OKC for a one-day workshop, "Funding Resilience: The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising," designed exclusively for Arts & Business Northern Ireland's members. Led by Mary O’Kennedy, Managing Director, and Oonagh O’Donovan, Head of Development, this practical course delves into the core principles of successful fundraising in the arts sector today.

Through interactive sessions, participants will explore essential topics such as fostering a culture of philanthropy within their organisations, crafting a compelling case for support, and identifying the most effective fundraising avenues to strengthen your organisation's financial resilience and drive its philanthropic impact forward. Drawing from real-world examples and case studies, attendees will gain invaluable perspectives and practical strategies to elevate their fundraising efforts.

With a proven track record of success, OKC brings extensive experience to the table. Since 2018, OKC has delivered the RAISE Programme on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland, which has enabled over 100 arts and culture organisations, to fundraise approx. €17 million in private and philanthropic income. Now, OKC extends this wealth of expertise to Arts & Business NI members, equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in today's competitive fundraising landscape.

Leaders on Arts Boards Information Session

Leaders on Arts Boards Information Session

Date & Time: 25th June 2024, 1pm - 1:45pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online Webinar 
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Curious about our Leaders on Arts Boards Programme? Leaders on Arts Boards is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone who is interested in joining the board of an arts organisation. Join our lunchtime information webinar to find out everything you need to know. We’ll dive into the details, discussing both the Young Leaders and Business Leaders programme tiers, covering the application process, course information, how we make board matches and the benefits of taking part. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and you’ll also hear from previous participants who are now arts charity trustees, who will share their first-hand experiences of the programme and the difference they make in the organisations they support.

Applications for the training and board matching programme are open from 13 May - 15 July. 
To find out more info about Young Leaders and Business Leaders on Arts Boards go to> https://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/business-membership/our-talent-development-programmes

Our Funders & Partners

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