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Arts and Cultural Development updates!

As we roll into 2016 full of optimism and enthusiasm, the Arts and Cultural Development Team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy New Year and give you an update on their news. Heidi Hampson writes.

Match Funding
We received a great response to the match funding opportunity that ran throughout 2015, indeed so much so that we’ve reached our full allocation.

Through this opportunity we were able to support the following local projects that were successful in securing funding from other sources. The Hastings International Composers Festival, Black Huts Festival, Fat Tuesday, A picturesque guide book to Hastings & St Leonards (Cheeky Peek Publishing), Three Stages for Lazarus and Our Machines exhibition. A further two projects are still waiting to hear about their external funding bids.

We hope to have further match funding available later this year and will keep you informed of this and any other funding opportunities that may arise.

ROOT 1066 International Festival

English Heritage has highlighted the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings as one of the key events to be celebrated during 2016. This is great news for us here in 1066 Country.

The ROOT 1066 Festival projects and key partners are busy working away behind the scenes preparing for this exciting anniversary year alongside local company Joule Arts and Events who have recently been appointed as festival production managers.

Regular updates will appear throughout the year but for the most up-to-date news, sign up via @ROOT1066 / #ROOT1066

Mentoring Opportunity

At one of the recent workshops we discussed the qualities required to be a mentor and whether anyone would be interested in taking part in a new scheme.
As part of the recently awarded Coastal Communities funding, Hastings Borough Council is launching a new project to support creative and visitor facing businesses through a mentoring programme: The Creative & Tourism Mentoring Network.

This new mentoring network will offer one-to-one business guidance and support to new and expanding businesses within the creative and tourism sector. If you’re eligible to join this programme you’ll receive:

  • Up to 6 hours of one-to-one business mentoring from an experienced business owner or area specialist
  • Receive support in areas such as business development, marketing, sales and Personnel / HR
  • Access to a network of like-minded business owners / entrepreneurs within the creative and visitor facing sector
  • Free social media training and toolkit

Once you apply and meet the eligibility criteria, applications will be processed within 10 working days. If successful the aim is to have you matched with a mentor within 10 working days of approval.

For further information on the Creative and Tourism Mentoring Network, to check eligibility or to apply please complete the online form. Telephone 01424 451786 for more information.

Posted 06:25 Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 In: Public Arts

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