Spring hasn’t sprung, but audience development shoots are growing

A busy couple of months in arts audience development land continue …


19th April sees the next deadline for applications to the Arts Council England Strategic Touring Funds. So all the work on the Philharmonia Orchestra’s application is being brought together, reviewed by partners and prepared for submission. Meanwhile I’m helping new clients such as State of Emergency polish their exciting tour bids, too.


Kazzum, and Thomas Guthrie have drawn breath to review their website development so far – both have had busy a March too, with new shows and youth work projects coming to fruition.


My STF bid experience will be shared at the panel on audience development at the Touring Exhibitions Group‘s annual Marketplace in Cardiff on 22 April – helping spread best practice and interesting approaches between art forms.


There’s a new training date in the diary: I’ll be leading my Press and Marketing Basecamp workshops for craft artists and small creative businesses, for Craft Central on Wednesday 29 May. And don’t forget the sessions I’ll be giving at the Independent Theatre Council on Friday 17 May (Exploring Arts Marketing) and in Edinburgh on 20 June (a workshop on audience development for Government Knowledge).


Meanwhile, look out for the AMA’s new CultureHive website launch on the 23rd – some brilliant resources on there (I’ve had a sneak preview while uploading some of them). And perhaps I’ll see you at the first Family Friendly Conference in Birmingham on the 15th, the TEG Marketplace in Cardiff on the 22nd or the What Next symposium on the 29th April?