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.

  • Lunchtime Session - Get GDPR Ready!


    Belfast Exposed

    As the GDPR enforcement date approaches, Arts & Business NI Member Vertical Structure will take us through the data privacy changes and steps you need to take to get your organisation GDPR ready!

    This Lunchtime Session will take place on 1 September 2017, 12.30pm to 1.15pm in Belfast Exposed, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Modelling Not Muddling


    Grand Opera House

    Mark Robinson is founder of Thinking Practice, an organisation that works to build a more adaptive and more resilient arts and cultural ecology. He is best known in cultural policy as the author of the influential papers such as, Making Adaptive Resilience Real, and has given keynotes, talks and workshops both nationally and internationally.

    Mark will be speaking at our event Modelling Not Muddling and sharing case studies of the business models of 18 cultural organisations that have changed and become more resilient. He will also highlight some of the uses of business modelling in addressing the challenges organisations face, and the roles of leaders and boards in making change. 

    This event will take place on 5 September 2017, 8.30am to 11.30am in Grand Opera House, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • How to Write an Award Winning Application


    Arts & Business NI Offices

    Nominations for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 close end of September 2017 and we want to make sure that you make a real impression on the judging panel and give your application the best chance of winning. This workshop will introduce you to the application form, the categories and help guide you through the key elements that the judges will be looking for. These awards celebrate innovative, creative and entrepreneurial partnerships between commerce and culture across Northern Ireland and we want to help you sing your success from the rooftops. 

    This workshop will take place on 14 September 2017, 12.30pm to 1.15pm in the Arts & Business NI Offices, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Introduction to Board Membership


    Arts & Business NI Offices

    The role of a Board Member 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 Board Membership 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 21 September, 1pm to 5pm in the Arts & Business NI Offices, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • For Board Members & Cultural Leaders – Volunteer Fundraising Board – Godsend or God Help Us!


    James Street South

    Guest speaker Jennifer Coleman, Director of Development at the Institute of Imagination, formerly Head of Volunteer Board Fundraising at the NSPCC. She is a bit of an evangelist about charities working with volunteers to enable them to make the greatest possible difference for their cause. She also knows that volunteers and volunteer boards can be a drain on resources if not managed well. Come hear her share her hard-won experience in this field!

    This event will take place on 19 October, 4.30pm to 6pm in the Private Dining Room at James Street South, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Sponsorship Insights


    Cunningham Coates

    An insight from local businesses as to what motivates them to support the arts. With an opportunity to network.

    This event will take place on 23 November 2017, 2pm to 4pm in The Oh Yeah Music Centre, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Lunchtime Session - Writing a Successful Sponsorship Proposal


    The Oh Yeah Music Centre

    Creating a compelling proposal can be a daunting task. This practical workshop will take you through the steps you should follow in order to secure your next sponsor.

    This Lunchtime Session will take place on 30 November 2017, 12.30pm to 1.15pm in The Oh Yeah Music Centre, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2018


    Lyric Theatre

    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 sixth 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 Trusts and Foundations to Northern Ireland, including Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Ireland Funds, Wellcome Trust and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

    The event will take place on 6th February 2018 in Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Our Members will be notified by email when booking for this event opens. 


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