Cultural Playing Field

Creative Europe launch by Robin Simpson
February 7, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Last Tuesday afternoon I was at the British Library in London for the launch of Creative Europe. Creative Europe is the single EU funding programme for the culture and creative sectors for 2014-20. It merges three existing EU funding programmes and represents a 9% increase in funding, with €450 million available for culture and €800 million for film over the next 6 years. We heard from a number of speakers including Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the British Film Institute, Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts at the British Council, Sarah Healey, the new Director General of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Culture and Michel Magnier, Director of Culture and Creativity at the European Commission. 

Robin Simpson.

ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage special interest group meeting by Robin Simpson
February 7, 2014, 2:29 pm
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I was in London last Tuesday for a meeting of the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage special interest group. Our guest speaker was Virginia Haworth-Gait, the outgoing Chief Executive of Music Mark, who gave us a presentation about the process of merging two organisations together. Music Mark, the UK association for music education, was created as a merger of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators. Virginia gave us a fascinating insight into the legal and operational journey as well as the human and emotional journey involved in a merger and the particular complications when merging two membership organisations.

Robin Simpson.