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Getting value from data: the second paradigm shift

3 February 2016, Sophia Woodley

Last December I was lucky enough to attend a conference put on by Ctrl-Shift, on the theme of the personal information economy and growth through trust. Since then I’ve been musing on what I heard. There is a paradigm shift underway when it comes to data – the second of the digital age. The first shift, enabled by digital technologies, led to companies being able to exploit and generate value ...


Bringing Theatre to the Screen

24 November 2015, Mandy Berry

Miracle Theatre has published A Manual for Bringing Theatre to the Screen, with practical information about ‘Live and Digital,’ its Digital R&D Fund for the Arts project. Golant Media Ventures was a partner on this project, focusing on business models. The manual includes two case studies – ‘Waiting for Godot’, a filmed stage production and ‘Tin’, a micro budget feature film version of ...


How animation and VFX companies can benefit from R&D tax credits

16 November 2015, Patrick Towell

Stop press (30 November): The new Advance Assurance scheme from HMRC means that, if eligible, you could receive approval that 'for the first 3 accounting periods of claiming for R&D tax relief, HMRC will allow the claim without further enquiries.' *** For many sectors and businesses – those that aim explicitly at scientific and technological innovation – research and development is t...


Ways of collaborating and deciding

26 October 2015, Patrick Towell

We often don't notice our habits around how we interact with people - our clients, colleagues, associates, partners... And because we don't notice, we tend to unconsciously repeat what we have done before, or seen others do. This may not matter. Everything may be going swimmingly at work - your teamwork may be impeccable, your project delivery flawless, decision making effortless. But if thi...


Speech at Arts Council Theatre Futures event on resilience

22 October 2015, Patrick Towell

I was asked by the Arts Council North to speak at their Theatre Futures event in Leeds, attended by executive, artistic and other board directors from their twelve theatre NPOs in the region. The theme of the day was ‘resilience’ and I addressed how to uncover the hidden value in arts organisations – and alternative ways of funding and exploiting that value... I’m Patrick Towell and I ru...


Making Digital Work

15 October 2015, Mandy Berry

Last week I went to Birmingham for Making Digital Work – an event jointly run by Nesta, Arts Council England and the Arts & Humanities Research Council, intended to share the learning from Digital R&D Fund projects. It was a really inspiring day packed full with fascinating insights from across the arts spectrum. I was there – along with Annie Ukleja from Miracle Theatre – to talk abo...


Live and Digital final report published

5 October 2015, Mandy Berry

The final report (PDF) from ‘Live and Digital,’ our Digital R&D Fund for the Arts project with Miracle Theatre, has now been published. ‘Live and Digital’ set out to test whether the concept of ‘Theatre for Screen’ is viable for the small-scale producer Can it bring in additional revenue? Is it technically feasible? Can it create increased visibility and market reach, and help to d...


Funding by the seaside

5 October 2015, Sophia Woodley

Less than two weeks after our funding event at the Digital Catapult, we took the show on the road to Brighton. Targeted at creative and cultural enterprises, these events aim to demystify the process of finding funding – discussing not just the ‘what’ but the ‘how.’ This was an intimate round-table event, where our speakers – John Spindler of Capital Enterprise, Tom Campbell of the KTN, and Ro...


Event Cinema goes from strength to strength with theatre coming centre stage

5 October 2015, Mandy Berry

This article has been edited. It was originally published 28 October 2014. The Event Cinema Association Annual Conference last week celebrated another successful year for the sector, which is made up of filmed theatre, music, opera, dance, TV, comedy, art and museum exhibitions. Event cinema or alternative content, as it is also called, grossed £18m at the UK box office in 2013, more than do...


With a view to funding

18 September 2015, Sophia Woodley

Last Friday we continued our series of “Funding for Innovation” events as part of the Digital Catapult Centre’s Design for Business week. Targeted at creative and cultural enterprises, these events aim to demystify the process of finding funding – discussing not just the ‘what’ but the ‘how.’ The fantastic views overlooking the British Library provided a suitable backdrop for thinking about th...


Two upcoming funding events

2 September 2015, Sophia Woodley

Does your creative or cultural enterprise need funding? Gain the tools you need to succeed at our two upcoming events. Securing funding is not just a matter of finding the right sources of finance. To make the case, you need to demonstrate that you have a viable business model. And if you’re combining funding from different sources – especially private and public – you’ll need to tell your stor...


Funding for Innovation for Creative and Cultural Enterprises on 22 September in Brighton

5 August 2015, Nina Douglas

Does your creative or cultural enterprise need funding? Gain the tools you need to succeed in a workshop by Golant Media Ventures on 22 September. This event is part of the Brighton Digital Festival and presented in association with Culture24, who are running the Let's Get Real conference on 23 September. Finding funding is not just a matter of applying for the right grant. To make the case...


Creative enterprises learn about funding for innovation in Manchester

16 July 2015, Sophia Woodley

If you missed this event then we have two more coming up. Join us in London on 11 September or in Brighton on 22 September. We took to the rails last week and headed to Manchester to run an event on funding for innovation for creative enterprises. It was hosted by Digital Innovation at Manchester Metropolitan University. Their base of operations, The Shed, was a great venue to discuss collab...


Arts venues and producers share challenges to getting value from data

15 July 2015, Sophia Woodley

The heat was no barrier to our round-table discussion on getting value from data in the arts... Thanks to everyone who attended from the Bush Theatre, Hackney Empire, Improbable, Live Art Development Agency, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, The Space and Unicorn Theatre. Challenges brought to the table included:• How to gather data when you don’t present work in your own ...


Funding and support to help unlock the hidden value in arts, culture and heritage enterprises

23 June 2015, Patrick Towell

Last year we were lucky enough to work with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to look at how small to medium enterprises in the UK could better trade in – or raise finance using – their intangible assets. When we did this study for them, we included the creative industries as a whole – and within that the cultural sector. Cultural organisations – in which we include the arts, culture and...


Funding for innovation for creative enterprises in Manchester on 9 July

19 June 2015, Nina Douglas

Does your creative enterprise need funding? Gain the tools you need to succeed in a workshop by Golant Media Ventures, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, on 9 July. Finding funding is not just a matter of applying for the right grant. To make the case, you need to demonstrate that you have a viable business model. And if you’re combining funding from different sources – ...


The godsend of R&D tax credits

4 June 2015, Patrick Towell

Hands up if you have in your work… • Managed to solve complex technical or scientific challenges for the first time even though a number of your ‘experts’ disagreed on how• Wondered if you would ever get to a half decent resolution of a bundle of unexpected problems you all discovered along the way• Got to the end and realised that you’ve all spent a lot more time and money on it than you ever...


Funding for innovation for creative enterprises 9 July

2 June 2015, Sophia Woodley

Does your creative enterprise need funding? Gain the tools you need to succeed in a workshop by Golant Media Ventures, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, on 9 July. Finding funding is not just a matter of applying for the right grant. To make the case, you need to demonstrate that you have a viable business model. And if you’re combining funding from different sources – ...


Cinegi in LA

20 May 2015, Mandy Berry

I was in Los Angeles at the end of April where Golant Media Ventures’ spin-out company Cinegi was showcased at TIF-IN LA – the Technology Innovators Forum. Cinegi was selected by UKTI to be one of the group of innovative creative-tech businesses to take part in this forum attended by the top names from the UK and US creative and technology sectors. This was the fourth edition of TIF-...


SME Instrument - your route to European funding?

18 March 2015, Sophia Woodley

Don't European funding calls require you to put together international partnerships across several different European countries? Sometimes, but not always! The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument funding call is a very exciting opportunity for a single company to put in a bid for funding. As the name suggests, it's aimed at EU small-to-medium enterprises which are aiming to develop innovative new prod...