Creative and Cultural business advice

AN opportunity for cultural, creative and heritage professionals to find out advice and training prospects in workshops being held in Stornoway and Lochmaddy this month.

The workshops include specialist advice and support in the areas of Crafts, Visual Arts, Heritage, Music, Screen and Broadcast, Writing, Marketing and Audience Development.

Taking place on Wednesday September 12th in An Lanntair arts centre, Stornoway; and on Thursday, September 13th in Lochmaddy, all workshop events are free, but must be booked.

The day will begin with a ‘Crowdfunding’ Workshop – explaining this modern, online and interactive way to raise funds for projects and activities directly from the public – of the Crowd.

With the advent of Crowdfunding audiences become supporters and funders of a project, by collecting multiple small donations online and offering unique incentives to encourage giving.

The Crowdfunding workshop covers all aspects needed to create, implement and market a project; and is suitable for all individuals, organisations and professionals who work within the cultural, creative, heritage and arts sector.

After lunch the day continues with a question and answer session with people involved in supporting the development of the creative and cultural sector in the Highlands and Islands – and there’s a chance for 1-2-1 sessions to discuss individual’s professional development, future plans and seek advice on a wide range of topics.

Speakers at the sessions are: Sian Jamieson (HI~Arts) talking on Audience Development and Marketing; Robert Livingston (HI~Arts), Governance, Project Planning, Fund-Raising; Pamela Conacher (HI~Arts), Craft and Designer fashion; Amanda Millen (Creative HI), Screen and Broadcast; Alex Smith (Creative HI), Music; and the Outer Hebrides Business Gateway speaking on Business Start Up and Development.

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