14 August 2017, Sophia Woodley
Organisations in the publicly funded arts, culture and heritage sector need to innovate.
They are facing both funding cuts and heightened standards from funders. Audiences are bringing new expectations in terms of how they connect with arts organisations and the experiences and content they produce – through social change which is, in part, driven by technological change. These factors bring n...
2 August 2017, Sophia Woodley
The tools created by the digital age are now enabling a second paradigm shift – to a world where ordinary people are able to control their personal data and gain value from it themselves. In a previous post I examined the implications for arts organisations. In this post I will discuss the impact of this paradigm shift on media and entertainment companies.
‘Big data’ has already had a big i...
23 July 2017, Patrick Towell
We’re delighted that Richard Leeming is joining the Golant Media Ventures team as a Digital and Content strategist. He’ll help our clients work how to use their amazing assets to tell the stories that their audiences want to hear.
One of the important things that Richard learned from his early career as a journalist is that the story always starts with the audience. It’s the same in digita...
6 June 2017, John Denton
Innovation agency Golant Media Ventures has worked with contemporary arts support organisation Artsadmin to create a ‘culture edition’ of an open source CRM solution.
Our starting point was to look at what kinds of data are important to cultural organisations. We created a model that reflects the diverse array of people beyond ticket-buying audiences – and the wide range of ‘stuff’ that a c...
26 May 2017, John Denton
From the number of news stories on British designers, you might think that we all understand the importance of design. But a recent Innovate UK report states that 68% of businesses never, or rarely, use design. If it is used, it is to make something look good rather to create better services or products.
The Innovate UK report reiterates that they “see the greatest value potential in design [w...
22 May 2017, Patrick Towell
…or why art & entertainment are not just about their authors and their works
(with apologies to Susan Sontag)
Each person’s experience of a ‘piece of art’ or ‘entertainment product’ is different, as it is subjective. Our experience is made up of our feelings – physical sensation as well as emotions – and more conceptual reactions which we may perceive as thoughts or which perhaps may...
15 May 2017, Mandy Berry
In the Tailored Review of Arts Council England, published on 25th April, DCMS recommends that its role and functions as a development agency should be defined, “provid[ing] a framework for its priority setting and decision making that will complement and strengthen its ten year strategic framework.”
This offers opportunities for Arts Council England to look beyond current investment and fund...
15 May 2017, Patrick Towell
iBeholder is an online platform that enables non-ticketed arts, culture, heritage and entertainment venues and events to capture data about their audiences.
It has been developed by g39 in Cardiff, with the support of NESTA’s Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales – and with our collaboration on business modelling, design and technology.
To date, we have taken iBehold...
8 May 2017, Sophia Woodley
The Royal Opera House is one of the biggest arts organisations in the UK, employing over a thousand staff in addition to thousands of freelancers. And it is deeply immersed in the riotously international and multilingual worlds of ballet and opera, where a singer and a répétiteur might rehearse an aria from an opera seria in preparation for the first sitzprobe. It’s no wonder that they understa...
13 April 2017, John Denton
Our view of innovation is based on many years of experience helping arts organisations to embrace it.
Innovation is often dryly defined as “the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.” For those of us in the arts or creative industries, this is something we are constantly doing – creating work that we hope people w...
6 April 2017,
We are excited to welcome John Denton to the Golant Media Ventures team. He will bring his fifteen years of experience leading innovative projects to help our clients and partners use digital to create opportunities and deliver value.
An early digital convert, he has focused on helping organisations harness and implement ‘digital’ through successful change programmes. He has worked with many...
22 March 2017, Sophia Woodley
How can arts organisations adopt and make use of new digital technologies – and transform their business models as a result?
Innovation is more important than ever for the arts sector, which is facing both budget cuts and heightened expectations from funders. But this is not just a matter of tightening budgets – the march of technological progress means that audiences are bringing new expectat...
14 March 2017, Sophia Woodley
Do you have an innovative digital project in need of funding?
Innovate UK, in the second round of its ‘Emerging and Enabling Technologies’ competition, is targeting some of the most cutting-edge themes in digital, including ‘big data’ and virtual or augmented reality.
It is also specifically targeting the creative economy, with funding available for:
“enabling higher-quality, faster and...
8 March 2017, Sophia Woodley
What’s the point of investing in digital technology?
Where can we find inspiration and support?
What kinds of digital technology should we be considering?
How can we make new stuff stick?
How can digital help our resilience and sustainability?
Innovation is now more important than ever for the publicly-funded arts sector. This is why we’re delighted to work wi...
30 January 2017, Mandy Berry
Cinegi, GMV’s spinout digital film distribution company, has launched its Arts&Film service making theatre, music, ballet, dance and opera available to all kinds of venues across the UK. Arts Council England is supporting Cinegi Arts&Film as an action research project to test how such ‘alternative’ distribution can bring such content to new and wider audiences as a shared experience in ...
24 November 2016, Elizabeth Cochrane
The Royal Opera House is a particularly complex organisation. It is the home for two orchestras and a ballet company, and the company's iconic London venue is in itself a major project to run! Its shows are by their nature huge, and they are recorded and documented in numerous ways - so that productions can be toured, or put on repeatedly, so that audiences can see them in cinema broadcast as w...
31 October 2016, Elizabeth Cochrane
Turning relationships and activities into powerful, actionable information
Having spent several months envisaging a data strategy for its organisation, Artsadmin is now working to map this vision onto the real world to meet its priorities. With the support of innovation agency Golant Media Ventures (GMV), and funded by Arts Council England, it is creating a system that will link up the inf...
12 October 2016, Mandy Berry
GMV’s spinout company Cinegi Media has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England to test how a digital distribution service can bring arts and cultural content, alongside BFI programming, to new and wider audiences as a shared experience in non-traditional venues and in places offering limited arts infrastructure and engagement.
Cinegi Arts&Film will be a public benefit version of the C...
3 October 2016, Katherine Reid and Sophia Woodley
Arts organisations have increasingly recognised the power of data – understanding their audiences can help deepen relationships, make the case for impact, and even earn more revenue. But those who work with non-ticketed audiences face a particularly pressing issue: the lack of good methods, apart from ticket sales, for gathering audience data.
Over a year ago, Chris Brown – the co-founder of g...
16 August 2016, Patrick Towell
Two of the purposes of GMV, our company, are:
"To help people understand more about themselves, other people and the world”
“To engage people through authentic and compelling narratives”.
Storytelling is perhaps as old as society, helping people to make sense of the world: particularly to understand their place in it in terms of the community or communities to which they belong and recog...