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Arts Impact Fund launched

11 March 2015, Sophia Woodley

Very excited to hear today's news - the launch of the Arts Impact Fund, which will provide £7 million in social investment to arts organisations in England. As Helen Goulden, the Executive Director of Nesta's Innovation Lab, writes, "the need and appetite for other forms of finance in the arts has been growing for some time now" due to cuts in national and local funding. But this programme is ...


Technology for Marketing and Advertising 2015

26 February 2015, Sophia Woodley

Yesterday I had a great visit to the Technology for Marketing and Advertising exhibition at Kensington Olympia. The hall was packed and the queues for talks were intense - proving what a valuable resource the event is for anyone wanting to stay at the cutting-edge of a fast-changing sector Customer insight and data analytics were key themes this year. Understanding customers better leads to ...


Last Monday's event on funding for innovation

23 February 2015, Sophia Woodley

Thank you to everyone who attended and spoke at our event last Monday on funding for innovation in the Creative Industries! We had an energising and enlightening morning in the spectacular setting of the Digital Catapult Centre, overlooking the spires of St. Pancras. Highlights included Rosa Wilkinson of the Intellectual Property Office making a case for the essential role of IPR management in...


Funding for innovation in the creative industries: free workshop 16 February

25 January 2015, Sophia Woodley

(This event has taken place already. For our thoughts and reflections on the day, click here.) Join Golant Media Ventures, in collaboration with the Digital Catapult Centre, on 16th February for a free workshop on funding for innovation in the creative industries. Finding funding is not just a matter of applying for the right grant. As well as helping you find the right opportunities, the wor...


Protecting your assets

22 January 2015, Matthew Hives

Starting a business or running a trust? Tempted to put-off protecting your Intellectual property? Matthew Hives, from One Stop IP, explains why you need to think again! Intellectual property impacts our lives on a daily basis, countless times even before we have brushed our teeth in the mornings. The products we use, the music we listen to, the websites we visit, are all likely to have ...


Innovation Vouchers from Innovate UK

20 January 2015, Sophia Woodley

Digital innovation is not easy - and neither is finding the money to pay for it. But it may be easier than you think. This month we’re running a series of articles on some of the opportunities out there for arts and culture organisations, with a focus on non-traditional funding sources that you may not have been aware of, or realised that your organisation was eligible for. Innovate UK is the ...


€500,000 per annum for European Platforms

20 January 2015, Sophia Woodley

Would you like an opportunity to forge closer ties with other European creative and cultural organisations? Creative Europe is offering funding for pan-European partnerships through its European Platform programme. The aim is to “promote new and emerging talent though co-development, co-production and programming” across national boundaries. Highlighted in particular is a clear vision for audi...


New funding and business models - free seminar on 29th January at Somerset House

12 January 2015, Sophia Woodley

Thank you to all those who braved the cold weather to come out last week! We are holding another event on Monday 16 February which will cover the wider context of the creative industries, including arts & culture. You can find out more and sign up for this event here. Join Golant Media Ventures on 29th January for a free seminar on new funding and business models for arts, culture and he...


New year - new funding and business models

12 January 2015, Sophia Woodley

The start of 2015 is a good time to look forward to new opportunities and projects. But innovation and creativity require investment - so, if you work in the creative industries, this is also the time to think about innovative funding sources and business models. Over the next month, both on this blog and on Twitter, we'll be guiding you through some of the alternative funding opportunities ...


Making your content work harder for you -free event on 4th December at Somerset House

24 November 2014, Sophia Woodley

Arts and cultural organisations are always being asked to do more with less. In a time of shrinking or static grants, it’s no longer possible to rely on ticket sales and individual donors for support. It’s time to consider innovative ways of making your creative content work for you. Join Golant Media Ventures for a free seminar on this topic, from 4pm to 6pm on 4th December, at Somerset House ...


Golant Media Ventures announces collaboration with GrowthAccelerator

24 November 2014, Sophia Woodley

Golant Media Ventures announces an innovative new collaboration with GrowthAccelerator which will make it easier for eligible arts and cultural organisations to access leadership and management development training. The scheme brings Golant’s expertise in the arts and cultural sector to GrowthAccelerator as well as bringing these organisations a new source of support for their enterprise work. ...


Business model template for filmed performance public consultation launched

23 October 2014, Patrick Towell

We have now launched the final versions of the templates. Please see here for further details. Golant Media Ventures has created a business model template for filmed performance for cultural and arts organisations. It is shared under a Creative Commons licence for the sector as a whole to use. The template is intended to help cultural and arts organisations plan and structure the way the...


GMV win tender to deliver the Digital Strategy for the Archives of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

7 October 2014, Mandy Berry

Golant Media Ventures is delighted to announce that it has won the contract with Cornwall Council to deliver a Digital Strategy for Kresen Kernow – the new flagship centre in Redruth for Cornwall's archives. The aim is to make digital delivery central to connecting people to the collections, both in the centre itself and remotely, widening the audiences locally, nationally and across the Corni...


What’s an intangible asset and how do I find mine (1)?!

7 October 2014, Patrick Towell

Whether you run a commercial business, social enterprise or not-for-profit that trades, managing and exploiting your intangible assets will almost certainly be key to your continued success – or possibly even survival. In our recent report for the UK government's Intellectual Property Office, we quote the World Bank which says: "Intangible assets are assets in a firm like software, new knowle...


Debate prompted by report on trading in intellectual property

3 October 2014, Patrick Towell

Update 3 October 2014: A penny for your thoughts: raising finance from IP appeared in Elite Business Magazine in print and online includes discussion from Juan Mateos-Garcia, economics research fellow for the creative and digital economy at Nesta, Adam Tavener, chairman of Clifton Asset Management, the pension-led funding provider, Jackie Maguire, chief executive of Coller IP, the provider...


The ‘who’ of intellectual property – how can OpenCorporates and OpenLEIs help?

16 September 2014, Patrick Towell

One of the key recommendations of our report for the IPO on how to make Intellectual Property and other intangible assets more easily traded and financed was: “Bringing together the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to develop and trial publicly accessible information services to help build IP markets – focusing initially on accurately identifying who has rights in what.” Of all th...


Our report on how to make intellectual property more easily traded and financed published by government

8 September 2014, Patrick Towell

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the UK Government commissioned GMV to examine the key characteristics of IP markets and the information needed to help businesses raise finance against and trade in their intangible assets. This was a follow up action from the IPO's response to the Banking on IP report published in late 2013. The resulting report is a review of primary research and inp...


Tales from the coalface – Intellectual Property and intangible assets (1)

8 September 2014, Patrick Towell

Intellectual Property and wider intangible assets are critical to making modern, high growth enterprises thrive and – for that matter – highly usable public services as well. For more on how this applies in particular to the creative, cultural and digital sectors and some (hopefully) useful definitions, see here. At GMV, we’ve always woven considerations of Intellectual Property and inta...


Uncover the hidden value in creative, cultural and digital enterprises

8 September 2014, Patrick Towell

Here at GMV, we believe in the power of ideas, knowledge and information. In a sense these are what define businesses in the ‘creative industries’ from film, TV and publishing through design, fashion and architecture to computer games and interactive media. The arts in the widest sense are about communicating ideas. As a society, we rely on cultural organisations to hold the knowledge that is...


Taking creative innovation thinking into finance

1 September 2014, Patrick Towell

Just before everyone fled London to go on holiday, I spoke at an event about innovation in the financial services sector designed by knowledge management whizz Victoria Ward and the rest of the team at SparkNow for FIA Europe. Not working in financial services day to day, I had to think about how to describe innovation from our experience in the creative, cultural and digital sectors – but...