ISAN update July 2015

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E-Bulletin – July 2015 #1 
News and Opportunities for ISAN MembersCall for Content: National Outdoor Arts Conference 2015 (ISAN)
Urgent: Survey, Charging Rates for Event Sites (Event Industry Forum)
News: Arts Council Response to 2015 Budget Announcements
Research: Employment boom in music, performing & visual arts (DCMS)
Expressions of Interest:  Without Walls Associate Touring Network, 2016 – 2018
Event: Accessing EU funding opportunities for arts (Liverpool)
Event: Outdoor Arts Encounter (Wales)
Funding: Creative Europe Desk UK
Funding: GALA European Funding Guide (Environmental Sustainability)
Funding: The FUND-FINDER, A Guide to funding for arts and culture in Europe
Funding: Arts Buildings, ACE Large Capital Grants programme
Funding: Building Better Opportunities, Big Lottery
Funding: Paul Hamlyn Foundation, New Strategy
Funding: Artists in Residence Grants, Levehulme Trust
Fundraising: DONATE, Mobile giving platform free to arts sector
Learning: Digital R&D Fund- Films, Guides & Tools
Training: Dance Artists, working with artists with learning disabilities 
Call for Performers: Maison Foo
Job: Programme Coordinator, Julie’s Bicycle
Job: Head of Programming, Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Image: Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebrations, Emergency Exit Arts. Photo by Lucy Barriball. 

Call for content, National Outdoor Arts Conference 2015
Deadline: Tuesday, 21 July 2015We are part way through programming our biennial conference, which this year is taking place in Hull on the  24th and 25th November 2015. The National Outdoor Arts Conference will bring together 230 UK and international outdoor arts professionals for an invigorating two-day programme of debate, discussion, learning and practice sharing.

We are now inviting proposals for workshop and special interest sessions, case studies and suggestions for topics that you would like to see discussed. Please send your ideas through  by Tuesday 21 July and we will submit them to our Conference Working Group for consideration.

More on all events and activities will appear at over the next few months, so please watch this space (and reserve the date for the conference in your diaries now). A gentle reminder that accommodation booking is now open. Rates are discounted and set, include breakfast, and are free to cancel up until the day of arrival.

URGENT – Event Rates Survey
Deadline: Thursday, 16 July 2015

As you may be aware, the Valuation Office (VO) has moved to start charging rates for some event sites – and to make matters worse – backdating these charges to 2010. This backdating can potentially run into tens of thousands for some sites.

Although they have only targeted a few sites so far, the threat now exists for all greenfield sites which are currently exempted for other purposes, such as agricultural land.

Action is already being taken by The Events Industry Forum (of which ISAN is a part) to counter this through lobbying Government as well as arguing the case  with the Valuation Office against rates being charged.   And with the new rating review getting under way, we are at least asking for a moratorium until that is completed.

However, we need as much information as we can gather in order to fight this battle and it would greatly help us if you could complete the attached questionnaire by no later than 16th July.   The information we gather will help us to build a case to take to both Government and the VO.

This issue has potentially serious consequences for some events – and for some of those supplying them, so I would urge you to support us by providing the information we need.   Please also pass this on to other organisers who may be affected as the wider the response we get the better the information we will have for the fight.

You will find the survey at


ACE response to 2015 Budget announcementsArts Council England have released their response to Wednesday’s budget papers: what does it mean for arts and culture?

For more information, please click here. 


Research: Employment boom in music, performing and visual arts (DCMS)

Employment in music, performing and visual arts across the UK increased by 33% between 2011 and 2014, more than double the rate of the creative industries as a whole, according to the latest figures from the DCMS. The rise in the value of exports by arts organisations also far outstripped any other area of the creative industries. £704m of music, performing and visual arts services were exported in 2013, a 146% increase on 2009. The creative industries include a number of sectors, from arts, publishing and film to advertising and software development. The DCMS data reveals that employment across the industries, including non-creative roles, is growing at twice the rate of the wider UK economy. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said the figures prove the sector is “one of our great success stories”.

For more information, and to download the full report, please click here.


Expression of Interest:  Without Walls Associate Touring Network
Deadline: Friday 17th July, 5pm.

Without Walls are looking for up to 8 partners to join the Associate Touring Network: 2016 – 2018.

The aims of this project are to extend the reach of the existing Without Walls programme and to deliver an ambitious programme of Audience Development initiatives, ensuring that diverse audiences across England have access to the highest quality UK outdoor work.

Priorities for Without Walls ATN
Our priority is to find new partners who can demonstrate the following;

  • Ability to offer a performance platform for selected outdoor performances in the context of a professional festival or events programme in England
  • A minimum 2 year – preferably 3 year – commitment to the project
  • Commitment to booking a minimum of 3 shows per year from the Without Walls back catalogue
  • Commitment to delivering an ambitious programme of Audience Development activities over 3 years linked to the Without Walls programme
  • Commitment to delivering a consultative audience research project into the festival’s audiences and to share the results with the project partners
  • Attendance at a minimum of 3 meetings per year and additional activities as required. This would be the organisation’s Artistic Director / Programmer or Marketing/Audience Development representative(s)
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with the rest of the ATN members and Without Walls festivals

It is a priority of the Strategic Touring scheme to support activities in areas with relatively low levels of attendance and participation. These are the bottom third for levels of arts engagement in England, according to a two-year average from the Active People Survey. You can find out more information about this on the Arts Council website.

How to apply
If you would like to be considered as a member of the Without Walls ATN please read the Guidance Notes and return the  Expression of Interest Form  to by Friday 17th July, 5pm.

More information
For further information about this opportunity please email Anaïs Biaux, Without Walls ATN Manager:

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 17th July, 5pm
Confirmation of new members: Friday 24th July
ATN Partners Meeting: Thursday 13th August (London tbc)
Submission of Strategic Touring Application: Friday 18th September
Confirmation of funding: Monday 9th November
ATN Programme Planning Meeting: w/c 9th November (pending funding)


Low hanging fruit, high flying ideas and a load of fun!
Accessing the easier EU funding opportunities for arts, culture & heritage
14 July 2015 – LiverpoolA one day festival flavoured conference, aimed to help unlock the easier European funding opportunities:

  • Be inspired and learn about EU opportunities and successful EU projects.
  • Be entertained by performers from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Be at Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
This one-day seminar will focus on the “low-hanging fruit” of EU funds for the arts, culture, heritage and creative industries. Following an introduction and overview, there will be three separate sessions, each focusing on a key programme: Erasmus+, Creative Europe: Culture and Europe for Citizens. Although the Erasmus+ and Europe for Citizens programmes are not directly focussed on arts and culture, they provide a number of opportunities – and are in many ways easier to access than the Culture programme – for example, most of their strands are based on lump sum funding so no detailed budgets to prepare. Erasmus+ is focused on training, lifelong learning and young people, and Europe for Citizens offers support for mobility or projects which link to key moments in Europe’s history in the last 100 or so years, or which bring citizens closer to the EU democratic process – a key issue as the UK faces an in/out EU referendum within the next 2 years.The Erasmus+ session will be led by Brouhaha; the Creative Europe: Culture session by the UK Creative Europe Desk, and the Europe for Citizens session by Euclid, who has acted as the UK Contact Point for this programme. Each session will provide both information and examples of case studies, and there will be an opportunity for delegates to meet with the speakers to ask questions and discuss your own project ideas. There will also be opportunities to share project ideas and to engage in round table discussions with the lead speakers.

The delegate cost for the day, including lunch, coffee breaks and a drink at the end of the day, is £60 – and just £20 for Connexus members.

For more information and to book your place, please click here.


Outdoor Arts Encounter @ Pontio’s Gwledd Syrcas Feast
19 July 2015

Calling all Wales based artists, arts organisations, arts officers, funders, festival directors, makers…

Join Articulture for their latest outdoor arts encounter in Wales – a laid back sunny Sunday get-together at Pontio’s brand new festival of circus and street arts ‘Gwledd Syrcas Feast’, Bangor, 19th July, 11am – 3.30pm.

All are most welcome to join in at any point during the day’s events, and bring family and friends.

To book email or call 0777 5781897.

11am – 12pm – See new work – Café Nero & Bangor High Street

Enjoy a coffee provided by Articulture and ‘Kaboom’ by the extraordinary Wales based performer Hugo Oliveria, the latest Articulture commission in partnership with Pontio.


Creative Europe Desk UKCreative Europe is the European Union’s support programme for the creative and cultural sector. They have funded a range of projects including €500,000 funding (80%) for Live Europe at Village Underground and €1,750,000 funding (50%) BeSpectACTive! by London International Festival of Theatre. Creative Desk UK has a Europe-wide budget of €1.46 billion from 2014-2020 and run regular information seminars on its objectives and current funding opportunities. Find out more here.

The Creative Europe programme is being delivered through the UK’s ‘Creative Europe Desk’, a partnership between the BFI (The British Film Institute) and the British Council. It combines the European Commission’s existing Culture and MEDIA Programmes and is expected to benefit over 300,000 cultural professionals and reach 100 million European citizens. To help promote the programme and to provide information and advice to support applications, the European Commission is funding a ‘Creative Europe Desk’ in all member states.

The service offers advice and support to UK cultural organisations wanting to broker effective European and international partnerships. Led by the British Council and BFI, Creative Europe Desk UK brings together partners from across the UK including Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales and the Welsh Government, and has a dedicated information office in each of the UK’s nations, and in one of the English regions outside of London. Read more at:


GALA European Funding GuideThe GALA funding guide is a first inventory of public and private, international, European, national, regional and local funds, calls and initiatives that can support arts and culture projects onenvironmental sustainability.

With this guide the GALA partners hope to help artists and cultural professionals to access funding to experiment and develop sustainability projects and facilitate future European cooperation and activities linked to sustainability and the arts.

The funding schemes, resources and tips were collected by GALA partners and through an online call. The overall research was coordinated by On the Move and supported by COAL.

Find the guide online on GALA website.

A Guide to funding opportunities for arts and culture in Europe, beyond Creative EuropeThis new IETM publication – coordinated by On the Move – provides a detailed and easy-to-read overview of public and private funding opportunities for the arts and culture in Europe and beyond: it provides a comprehensive list of funding programmes at national, regional and local level and describes in a simple and clear language how artistic and cultural projects can fit with the objectives of several EU funding programmes other than Creative Europe.

The FUND-FINDER is available to download here. 


Funding Available for Arts Buildings
Deadline: 27 August 2015

Arts Council England is inviting application to its Large Capital Grants programme.  A total of £45 million is available in this funding round and arts organisations in England can apply for grants of £500,000 and more improve of existing arts buildings rather that to fund new buildings.  The Arts Council will support organisations to develop resilience by having the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative businesses.  This includes increasing the environmental performance of buildings and equipment to support a reduction in carbon emissions. The Arts Council will also use the programme to further develop digital infrastructure for the arts sector and to support the quality, volume and reach of digital content.

There is a two stage application process and the closing date for stage 1 applications is 12pm on the 27th August 2015.

Read more here.


Building Better Opportunities opens for applications

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the Better Opportunities Fund is open for applications. The Better Opportunities Fund is a joint funding mechanism between the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and aims to fund local projects run by not for profit organisations that tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth. The Fund will be delivered in 37 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by the LEPs, and will support projects ranging from improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, to improving financial literacy.
There are currently 71 funding opportunities open for application in 25 of the 37 LEP areas, totalling £175 million. Further funding opportunities will open in autumn 2015.  Further funding opportunities will open in autumn 2015. A total of £175 million is available to support local projects. For further information on which LEPs are currently seeking applications, the application process and the type of projects they are looking to support please click:


Paul Hamlyn Foundation launches new funding strategy

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant makers in the UK, has announced a new funding strategy. The Foundation will be focusing its grant making on achieving six strategic priorities. These are to:

  • Support imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas
  • Widen access and participation in the arts
  • Improve people’s education and learning through the arts
  • Show that arts makes a difference to people’s lives
  • Support the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change
  • Improve support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

The Foundation will be making £25 million of grants per year in support of organisations and individuals working towards these goals. Some of the new funds are now open for applications. For further information on which grants are open for applications and for more detail on the application process, please click:


Artists in Residence Grants
Deadline: 10 September 2015

The Levehulme Trust is offering grants of up to £15,000 to UK universities and museums to foster a new creative collaboration with an artist (visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets) working in a discipline outside the institution’s usual curriculum. Artists may not apply directly – all applications must be made by the host institution. There must be a distinct contrast between the artist and host department’s expertise (for example, a poet being hosted by a physics department, a composer by a geography department). The residency must be a newly constituted collaboration between artist and hosts.

The grants provide a stipend of up to £12,500 for the artist and consumable costs, such as artist’s materials, of up to £2500. A typical residency would be for ten months based on the artist being present at the host institution for two days per week. The deadline for applications is 4pm on the 10th September 2015. Read more at:


DONATE – Mobile giving platform now available for all charities

From today DONATE will be available to all charities and, from September 1st, to all organisations with a charitable purpose. The National Funding Scheme (NFS), a registered charity, operates the mobile giving platform DONATE. DONATE provides this platform for free to the arts and heritage sector, thereby totally transforming the way that the public can give to cultural and heritage organisations. DONATE combines SMS texting, QR code and web apps into one simple platform meaning that people can give in any way they choose to through one recognised brand.  As all of us carry less cash, DONATE provides an immediate means for anyone with a mobile phone to make an immediate donation to a specific cause.

Given the fact that many local councils are no longer in a position to support the many heritage and cultural organisations within their areas, this may offer a solution to some of the funding difficulties that these organisations are facing. Since March of last year over £200,000 has been raised using the DONATE platform with just short of 6,000 donations being made (60% of all donations are gift aided).

Visit the website to find out more. Any questions, please or call Olivia on 020 3174 2276.


Digital R&D Fund: Films, Guides & Tools

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts have published their first set of exciting films, guides and tools. Here is a summary of what has just become available for you to download and explore:

#1. Video: Making Data Work for You
The first of a series of five videos that will be published over the summer. In this one we hear from a range of projects on how the arts and culture sector could make more of the data they have.

#2. Digital Toolkit for Arts & Culture
Inspired by the supported projects, this is a guide to successful product development. From concept development to launch and beyond, this guide is packed with the tried and tested tools and methods you need to make new digital products and projects.


Dance Artist Training: Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities
6 & 7 September

Where: Cheshire Dance, Winsford Library, Winsford, CW7 2AS
Time: 10-4.30/5pm

Cost: £75 /£50 Students and concession holders (evidence required)

For Artists interested in developing or refreshing their skills in delivering dance to adults with learning disabilities including adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Over the two days we will explore methods of inclusive practice and include topics such as translation, communication, additional tools, structure, and support. The training will also include the opportunity to apply direct learning by delivering to a Cheshire Dance project group, as well as having the opportunity to share both your own practice and experience.

The training will be delivered by Ruth Spencer alongside Cheshire Dance. Cheshire Dance is a leader in inclusive dance practice. Our program spans health, wellbeing, adult services, youth, early intervention, performance, professional training and development. We are currently developing our program for people with disabilities and will be recruiting Dance practitioners from this CPD to take over the delivery of 5 project groups that currently meet weekly across Cheshire. For more information or to book on email :

Call for performers for Person Birds
Maison Foo

Person Birds is a new, street theatre, show commissioned by Derby Feste for premiere on 26th September 2015 and will then be available for touring in 2016.

We are looking for 3 performers, male and female to help us devise and create the piece and to join the cast of performers who will tour the piece in 2016.

For more information on the show and how to apply, please click here.

Julie’s Bicycle is hiring a Programme Coordinator!
 Deadline: 10 August

This is an exciting time for Julie’s Bicycle, as they embark on an ambitious nation-wide programme to raise the profile and impact of cultural leadership on climate change and environmental issues over the next few years. JB is looking for an exceptional person with ambition, love of the arts and culture, creative flair and commitment to environmental sustainability to join a thriving team at the heart of the cultural response to environmental sustainability.

The Programme Coordinator will be an important member of the Arts Team, focused on delivery. The role will be involved with coordinating JB’s annual programme of events and workshops, developing resources for the Julie’s Bicycle website, writing case studies and website content, and supporting the delivery of consultancy projects designed to increase engagement in environmental best practice across the music, festivals, theatre, dance, visual arts, museums, literature, and other creative and cultural communities.

For more information, please visit the website here. 

Head of Programming, Stratford Circus Arts
Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 31st July 2015
Interviews: Friday 7th August 2015

Stratford Circus Arts Centre is looking for a talented and dedicated individual to become our Head of Programming. This new leadership role will oversee the development and delivery of the creative programme with partners across the range of the venue’s work. The post holder will work closely with the Director to ensure a cohesive artistic programme across adult, family and children’s work that is representative of the international communities of east London. This is an exciting time to join the organisation and work in an area with a dynamic and rapidly evolving cultural ecology.

For more information, please click here. 

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