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All Creatives Need Help!

All artists need help, irrespective of where they were on their career path.

“Everyone and every organisation is perfectly designed to get the results they are getting.” Tim Knight

We needed a new model, one that put the artists role and ability to make a living wage at the forefront of the arts, so our entrepreneurship programme was born.

But to be honest the model was not new, the notion of the artist as we know today is founded in the Romanticism of the late 19 century.  However prior to this we had a different notion of the artist and also the artists role in society, art was still art but artists we able and expected to, make a charge for their work.

But – we need to go further, we need to show why it is important to share our gifts but we also need our gatekeepers to understand that sharing gifts, creating impact and by definition increases revenue which in turn increases impact is critical to the lives of artists and the lives of the general public.

“We have a duty to others to share the gifts we have been given, a duty to be seen, a duty to be heard but most of all a duty to create a discourse and change”

So how do we get from where we are at the moment, to over there, with artists making a living wage? But more importantly why is this important?

In March 2000 at the European Council in Lisbon, EU Heads of State and Governments agreed upon an ambitious goal: making the EU by 2010 “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”.

Lisbon wanted to boost R&D spending by governments, universities and corporations in the belief that growth and employment will be achieved by investing in the flagship industries of the digital economy and boosting innovation, in particular in the “knowledge economy”.

The role of the cultural and creative sector within this context was still largely ignored. Indeed, the move to measure the socio-economic performance of the sector is a relatively recent trend.

Moreover, the exercise is a contentious one. For many, the arts are a matter of enlightenment or entertainment. That leads to the perception that arts and culture are marginal in terms of economic contribution and should therefore be confined to the realms of public intervention.

Arts & Culture drive economic and social development, as well as innovation and cohesion. The cultural and creative sector is a growing sector, developing at a higher pace than the rest of the economy. The same applies to employment. Indeed, this sector provides many different and often highly skilled possibilities, and again the sector’s growth in terms of jobs out-performs the rest of the economy. It also drives many other sectors of the European economy, and in particular innovation and ICT sectors.

Culture promotes European integration and is a key tool to integrate the components of European societies in all their diversity, to forge a sense of belonging as well as to spread democratic and social values. Culture can contribute to “seduce” European citizens to the idea of European integration.

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Valentines Edition – New Voices of Ireland 4

Celebrate with us a different & very social Valentines evening! Enjoy a participatory, frivolous performance, dream while listening to a heart-warming poetry reading. Celebrate your mate, great company of other people, a really cool venue and a glass of your favourite drink from the pub downstairs.
Catch up with old CFCP friends, meet new people and spend the night in he-arty style.
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Harbour Bar!

Giving Creatives & Artists the Opportunity to Build Sustainable Careers

What I AM talking about here is the entrepreneurial skills creatives need to provide fulfilling sustainable careers, as to be honest, the lack of any basic entrepreneurial education taught in art colleges and schools at present is appalling.

Giving Creatives & Artists the Opportunity to Build Sustainable Careers

What I AM talking about here is the entrepreneurial skills creatives need to provide fulfilling sustainable careers, as to be honest, the lack of any basic entrepreneurial education taught in art colleges and schools at present is appalling.

Creative & Artistic Entrepreneurs Academy

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY bridges two apparently remote poles of human activities – CREATIVITY & BUSINESS to combat unemployment, create new jobs, support development & personal growth.

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY at the Centre for Creative Practices is the first entrepreneurial offline and online development programme which combines a physical space for desk / office sharing, an incubator programme, and accelerator programme and access to other creatives, funders, mentors, resources for CREATIVES in Ireland helping them to become successful and sustainable entrepreneurs.

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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CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

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