Creative Scotland chief apologises for funding backlash—though questions remain | The Art Newspaper

Creative Scotland chief apologises for funding backlash—though questions remain | The Art Newspaper
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Can arts organizations in the UK survive such cuts when they rely so heavily on public funding? The model in the US of tax incentives to motivate philanthropy is not an option in the UK. Most arts organizations survive through depressed ticket fees and support from local government. The decision of Creative Scotland to cut its support of many organizations effectively sets them on a pathway to closure.

“Internet of Things” – not in theatre, please!

I recently wrote about technology trends affecting nonprofit organizations in 2017. In that blog I highlighted one trend that would be particularly challenging for live theatre to accomplish. The ability to embrace the “Internet of Things” has given me something of a mental workout over the past week. How can you design theatre that is interactive and on demand? Continue reading

Myers Briggs – Reflection

e1fac2b294cd2234f6db190a5bd6b262As with any personality-based assessment tool, Myers Briggs personality types are best interpreted by looking at how a particular score would interact with individuals with similar and opposing types.  In this reflective article I will consider some key traits of my Myers Briggs personality type before considering how I
will use my understanding of my assessment type in leadership situations.
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Factors That Threaten Community Theatre Sustainability in the United Kingdom.

Historical Context

It’s difficult to imagine an industry so enduring as theatre throughout the United Kingdom’s history. Prolific contemporary playwrights and spectacular technology-rich West End productions have superseded the early determinations of travelling performers and entertainers of royalty. For any industry to survive many hundreds of years it must adapt to the changing tastes, desires and demands of its patronage. Theatre in the UK has time and time again evolved to ensure its place in our communities, culture and hearts. However, there remains a sub-group of theatre in the UK that, continues to struggle more than others due to a complex set of circumstance and occasional media rhetoric (The Guardian, 2015).

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Happy New Year

This time last year I was living in a different country on the other side of the world wondering what the future would bring for me. I’m happy to report that, so far, things are going well!  That said I still have a long way to go to achieve my dreams. So here’s to 2016; a year of new adventures. 


Social Media: Shift-funding

As a follow up to my last post Social Media – From “novice” to “novice who watched a webinar once” I began thinking about the importance of social media not to generate sales for an organization but rather to pique interest.

The Capture Your Flag video posted above covers in 2:30 minutes my strong thoughts of the power of social media.  Having spent 4 years in a very traditional non-profit organization I fully appreciate that educating your peers in the positive’s of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc… can be an uphill battle.  After all many of these individuals are used to a time when a poster pinned up in the local library or supermarket was the beginning and the end of the organizations marketing strategy.

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Social Media – From “novice” to “novice who watched a webinar once”

hashtag-useThis afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in the University of Kentucky‘s webinar “Look Who’s Talking: Encouraging Your Audience to Drive Digital Change”.  Hosted by Ben Sheridan (@B_Sheridan) and Rachel Shane (@rachelshane) it provided an introduction to the best ways to get the public working for you on social media.

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