Arts charity asks for feedback on support strategy

Arts & Business has developed a strategy to help it deliver training and professional support to the arts sector.

The organisation, which works to form partnerships between businesses and arts organisations, is inviting arts groups to give their feedback on the plan by taking part in an online consultation on its website.

It has drafted the plan based on ongoing conversations with members of the Arts & Business Development Forum. Key aspects of the strategy are listed on the charity's website, where the people affected by it can also comment if they choose to. These include:

  • A&B will provide free online access to basic information, advice and best practice for organisations new to arts sponsorship and philanthropy.
  • A&B will partner with existing training providers to provide learning and professional development in fundraising, philanthropy and other forms of commercial income development for cultural leaders.
  • A&B will provide information and advice on charity and tax issues relevant to the arts and for individual donors.

"We are developing a fresh relationship with the arts community, the views of which are critical in shaping our plans," said Lesley Wake, operations director at A&B. "We are currently engaged in consultation with our arts clients and invite arts groups to contribute to our thinking."

The results will be published in September. Everyone who submits a comment will be entered into a prize draw to win artwork from Arts & Business' online arts gallery, Visual.

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