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CFCP Festive 50: Happy Christmas from all at CFCP

We’d like to give you a little present to say thank you for all your support over the last 6 1/2 years

Ian Oliver

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship at the Centre for Creative Practices

CFCP Festive 50: 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 Pécs, 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 Pécs 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.


Our Christmas present to you……

So going back to our present for you, we would love for you to discover more about our creative entrepreneurs programme. Our next Intensive training programme starts on 3rd February 2017 here in Ashford and as the first part of our present we have a special Christmas price of €150 per person which is available until Christmas Day, from then on the price will be €250 until 31 December and €350 afterwards.

We only ever take up to 10 people per training programme as individual attention is critical to get the most out of the weekend.

So to receive the present and to give you and your practice the best possible start in 2017 all you have to do is to book a place on our next Intensive Training programme – easy

To register click the button below and it will take you to the dedicated page for the training programme. Here you can find out more about the programme, the tutors and the venue as well as book your place. We only have 10 places on the programme so that we can give you the individual attention you need. You need to move fast to not only get the special price but also to secure your spot.

The Training programme focuses on growing and sustaining your creative business – planning the strategy for development, growth and the necessary steps you can take to build a sustainable career.  This all takes place in an inspiring, creative and relaxed environment!

We will spend really exciting time together from 3rd – 5th February in Ashford, working on the Business Model Canvas – the visual alternative to the boring business plan; 4 questions that every creative business needs to answer: Why – What – How – Who; looking at who you are, why you do what you do, your motivation and much more…

Just to remind you, the Christmas Special of €150 ends on Christmas Day, the Early bird price of €250.00 is available until the end of the year and after this the price increases to €350.00.

Also registration finishes for the training programme finishes on the 29 November so if you want to secure your space then you need to act now!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, finally just again to wish you a great Christmas and New Year and to thank you for your support – you guys rock! 🙂

CFCP Creative Entrepreneurship Festive 50

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The Programme

The programme will be a mix of videos, articles, written questions and audio

The programme is based on 8 topics covering:

  1. The formula for success: Why, What, How, Who, Outcome
  2. Developing your business development model
  3. Target Market – Who has this problem? Who can you serve?
  4. Developing your Customer and user Segments
  5. Business Development Strategy
  6. The pitch – Defining Your Story – How, Why and What you tell your crowd  
  7. Plan your Outcomes. SMART Goals and Your Metrics
  8. The Budget

The Workbook

2 workbook stages:

Your initial plan

Filling in the 5 point business development plan:

  1. What am I trying to achieve?
  2. Who am I trying to reach and why?
  3. How am I going to reach them?
  4. What is my message to them?
  5. How am I going to measure success and failure?
Your Pitch
What makes you and your project remarkable?
Write down your story, record it, video it – need a 500 or so word story and them a video of you pitching it to me
Developing a pitch that you can give to people to get them involved in your project
the pitch will address:
  • Why they should care about your project
  • How you can motivate them to get involved in your project
  • How they can share it
  • Why your project is important to them

Follow-up: The Implementation

At the end of the Festive 50 we will look at how you can implement your plan, setting goals based on your plan and making sure that you have implemented them.


The CFCP Creative Entrepreneurship Festive 50

so far…

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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