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The CFCP Creative Entrepreneurship Festive 50

50 ideas on Creative Entrepreneurship over 50 days

CFCP Creative Entrepreneurship Festive 50

The Festive 50 is designed to help your Creative career come alive. The CFCP Festive 50 will include thoughts, ideas, tips, interviews, downloads and much more over the next 50 days so make sure you keep watching 🙂

We hope you enjoy our Festive 50 and if you have any comments, questions or suggestions then please get in-touch, we’d love to hear from you


The CFCP Creative Entrepreneurship Festive 50

so far…

Getting in the Christmas spirit at CFCP

We’d like to wish you a Happy Christmas from all at CFCP.

Thanks to your help and support over the last 6 1/2 years we have managed to engage with over 1500 creatives, 750 organisations and 16,000 audience members, run over 800 events and provided training / mentoring and strategy consulting to over 1000 individuals and organisations.

And as such we’d like to give you a little present to say thank you, because without your support none of this would have been possible.

Earlier this month we held our final intensive training programme of the year in Ashford and it amazes us every time the enthusiasm, engagement and clarity the programme generates with participants, who even after the long and demanding weekend come out inspired and ready to embrace their creative dreams.

This year we have held training programmes in Dublin, Wicklow, Shannon, Dun Laoghaire as well as travelling throughout Europe with it to work with festivals and conferences in UK, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Denmark and Hungary.

We have been invited to give presentations by the European Commission, the Slovak Government, Intertrade Ireland and fine art and music departments in the University of PĂ©cs, DIT, University of the Basque Country and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn.

In November we were invited to represent Ireland at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen to showcase ArtConnected our online platform that matches Creative Talent with Opportunities.

We have been asked to participate in discussions to help form governmental policy and also European policy on Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship. We have worked with a number of Local Enterprise Offices throughout Ireland such as our good friends in Wicklow, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown, Clare, Leitrim and Donegal as well as with the South Eastern Creative Corridor Project and the Shannon Venue development project.

We are working closely wth a number of institutions on including creative entrepreneurship into higher and further educational teaching of creative disciplines; building the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy; developing Irelands first incubator and accelerator programme dedicated to the creative industries and working on a new and updated model of the Business Model Canvas that is specific for the creative sector.

We have met some incredible people doing some incredible things and hopefully the work we have done with them on the entrepreneurial side of their creative business will give them the living conditions they are looking for. We have also worked with educational institutions on helping graduates and post graduates to look at building sustainable careers through working in the creative sector.

And finally we have spent more time on airplanes going in odd directions than we can both remember for a long time, like having breakfast in Bratislava, lunch in Madrid and Dinner in Dublin or arriving in PĂ©cs at 4.30am having travelled through the night from Copenhagen to give a presentation that same day!!

A busy and exciting 2017 awaits us all in CFCP, one that we are looking forward to and on continuing the journey we have been on so far.

CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs Festive 50: 14 – The Journey

Over the past few weeks I’ve been immersed in figures, futures and figuring out which has been great and has also opened up some great ideas and new directions. BUT, and there is a but, what do these new directions mean, where are they headed and most importantly should I take them?

CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs Festive 50: 13 – Making the numbers stack up

A recent survey by the National Campaign for the Arts summed up the key issue facing the sector. It noted that “Ireland has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for artistic excellence, at home and abroad, despite the fact that Government spending on arts and culture is just 0.11pc of GDP. This has placed Ireland at the bottom of the list of EU countries compared with an average of 0.6pc, surely something no country can condone.

Festive 50: 10 – Telling Your Story so that people listen and act

Firstly lets introduce a little MAGIC into the equation. Now I can’t take personal credit for the invention of the MAGIC system – that falls to none other than Peter Guber, Chair and CEO of the multimedia Mandalay Entertainment Group. So what does MAGIC do in storytelling? Well let’s break it down into its constituent parts.

Festive 50: 9 – Getting Your Crowd Involved

marketing objectives are the marketing strategy set in order to achieve the overall organisational objectives. We need to outline what your OBJECTIVES are, make them TIME bound – state when you will achieve your objectives – and make a PLAN and SCHEDULE to know wether we have achieved them.

Festive 50: 8 – Who Are My Crowd?

Basically what we are trying to do is to take the marketing plan that we looked at last time and identify exactly who it is you are trying to get involved, what they look like, who they are, where they meet etc. – So basically you could say we are looking at Persona’s and in some ways you would be right.

Festive 50: 6 – How am I going to get people to come on the journey with me?

do. Not only does understanding your Why mean that you can stay true and authentic but it also means that we can bring our crowd on the journey with us. Remember we talked about how your crowd will have similar goals, values and outcomes that align with your goals, values and outcomes, so knowing your Why is critical.

Festive 50: 5 – Who are you?

Who are you really? It might seem like a strange question to ask but it is a serious one. Can you articulate exactly who you are? Why are you doing what you are doing and what is your motivation for doing it? Unless you can do this and really identify why you are doing it then it will be very difficult to move forward.

Festive 50: 4 – What’s so bad about failure?

We all fail, only we are never allowed to fail. Education Teaches us this. Education is wrong, failure helps us learn. What we mean is that throughout our school education we are told that we can’t fail, failure is bad, failures do not go anywhere and failure stops you achieving your ambitions. But how can we achieve success if we do not fail? – my guess is that we can’t because we can’t really look at what success looks like unless we know what failure is and be able to address this.

Festive 50: 3 – We have nothing to fear but fear itself

When someone says they are afraid…
what are they actually saying they are afraid of, most of the time?

Fear of moving country, starting a new job, starting a new relationship, ending an old relationship, fear of spiders, fear of the outdoors, fear of the dark…. the list goes on.

What do these all have in common?

Festive 50: 2 – Why fear failure?

If there’s one thing that devastates us, that stops us from doing what we’re truly capable of and prevents us from achieving our dreams, it’s fear of failure.

Creative Entrepreneurs Training

Creative Entrepreneurs Intensive Training Programme

3 - 5 February 2017

Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Early Bird Price €250 till 31 December 2016 then €300

You know that feeling? You want to develop your creative or artistic practice and give it some structure. But there is never enough time or resources to focus on the business side of your practice. On the other hand it drives you mad that it doesn’t work as it could and should. You are not making enough sales, not getting enough contracts or you simply do not know how to start to build a sustainable creative career.

We have been there ourselves and know exactly how frustrating it can be. All we can recommend to you is to STOP, take 2.5 days out and join us for our intensive Creative Entrepreneurs Training Programme.

You will spend this time working on the business side of your creative practice. Together with you we will (re)define where you are right now with your creative business and where you want to be. You will formulate goals and steps to take with the primary focus on your specific creative niche.


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