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Free seminar – Cracking the Safe

Free seminar – Cracking the Safe

Cracking the Safe – A free seminar on funding, finance and income-generating initiatives for artists, groups and creative businesses.

Artists, designers, performers and writers are invited to attend a special seminar this Spring which promises to unlock the secrets of securing financial investment. The seminar, called Cracking the Safe brings together special guest speakers and expert panelists who will offer unique insights into ways to finance your ideas and fund your projects.

Emma Wilcox of Arts Council England (ACE) South East will talk about Grants for the Arts, ACE’s open access funding scheme for artists and arts projects, as well as the newly launched Artist’s International Development Fund which will support artists to travel, explore and collaborate internationally.

Henrietta Norton is Co-Founder of We Did This, a website which enables artists and groups to access ‘crowd-funding’. A relatively new phenomenon, crowd-funding is the process of pitching your project to many people and offering each of them an incentive to invest a small amount in making it happen.

Emma and Henrietta will be joined by Maxine Horn, CEO of Creative Barcode, a revolutionary system for creative people to sell, license and protect their ideas, and Simon Frost, CEO of Portsmouth-based, Parity Trust who offer community investment and ethical business finance packages locally.

Paola Campari-Moss, Director of event organisers, Cibas said: “Cibas has offered advice, support and professional development training, to creative professionals in and around Portsmouth for the past 6 years.  Cracking the Safe is a timely intervention during a period of cut-backs and closures allowing creatives a chance to look at alternative funding for their ideas and businesses.”

So, if you’re looking for the code to crack the safe — whether it’s attracting sponsors for your short-film, funding for your festival or investment in your new business idea — this event could provide the key to the success that you’re looking for.

By the way, the cost of attending the seminar won’t break the bank, as it’s free of charge.

Cracking the Safe: funding, finance and income-generating initiatives for artists, groups and creative businesses will take place at Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth on Thursday 26 April (6-8pm). Visit the Cibas website (www.cib.as) for full details and to book your place or call 023 9284 6232.
Presented by Cibas and Aspex Gallery and supported by the University of Portsmouth.


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  1. mydogsighs

    21 March

    Thanks for the heads up Claire. Just booked myself in.

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