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Need Help With Your Creative Business?

Are a freelancer or SME working in the creative sector?  Do you need help with building a strategy for your business? Have you tried to write a business plan but failed? Then I’d like introduce you to our new Creative Entrepreneurship course on Building a Strategy for Your Creative Practice

Then read on

CFCP’s Online Courses For Creative Entrepreneurs

From running our Creative Entrepreneurship Programme over the last 3 years I totally understand that having access to the right information and training are critical, but the most important fact is that this information and training are focused on topics and issues that really affect you as a creative.

So, I’d like introduce you to our new online Creative Entrepreneurship courses. The first course that we have produced is on Building a Strategy for Your Creative Practice.

The courses focuses on starting, 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 online environment!

We will spend really exciting time together online between the 1 and 28 February 2017 working on our Creative Business Model Canvas – the visual alternative to the boring business plan which we have developed and based on the business model canvas developed by Alex Osterwalder and the Lean Business Canvas developed by Ash Maurya.

We will answer the 4 questions that every creative business needs to answer: Why – What – How – Who; We will look at your vision for the future and the value propositions that you are basing your creative business around but critically we will ask, who are you? why you do what you do, your motivation and much more…

The delivery will be online but what’s different is that we will be there to work in partnership with all of the participants.  We will create outcomes together that we are both responsible for and we will be on-hand to help you via group and one-to-one online meetings, email support, webinars and mentoring. We will run the course over the 4 weeks with a group workshop once per week for 2 hours, a 1 hour group Hangout once per week for any group questions / feedback you might have and a 1 hour one-to-one online session with us each week.  So all in all you will get a minimum of 4 hours working with us per week plus a lot of videos, workbooks and assignments to complete each week that will really move your creative business forward.

The course works just was well for individuals as well as companies, however, because of the nature of the course we can only take 5 people at a time on the journey with us at this stage.  The price of the course will be €250 per person so if more than one person from your organisation would like to take part then you can.

We will also close the registration of interest on Friday, 20 January 2017 at 11.59pm GMT.  Only those who register their interest will have an opportunity to be invited to join the course, so if you would like to be one of the five then please fill in your details below.

In exchange for our help I’d like to give you something back, a little thank you from me to you. I want to understand your needs, the needs that you really have, the pain points that you want addressing, the solutions that you have or are looking for and the way you feel comfortable in moving forward, so I thought that the best way to find out was to ask you.

I’d like to ask you to help in defining our new range of Creative Entrepreneurship courses. I don’t know everything least of all everything that you all need or want, so hence I need your help to make sure the course is just what you need.

Ian…

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship
Centre for Creative Practices 

P.S. One final thing: I know that for most people it is a large sum of money to hand over to someone you only know online.  So to find out more about us then please see a brief run-down of what we have done in 2016.  I know that feeling secure and safe in the knowledge that you have made a wise investment is crucial and so we want to make sure you know you are in safe and experienced hands.

CFCP in 2016…..

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 because without your support none of this would have been possible.

We started in 20013 our Creative Entrepreneurs Academy which has provided training / mentoring and strategy consulting to over 1000 individuals and organisations.

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.

The Team

Monika Sapielak

CEO ArtConnected & Founder of CFCP

Award-winning Artistic Director, Curator, Arts Manager, Producer, Social Entrepreneur and CEO with 25 years of work experience in the Arts.
Special interests include: Interculturalism, Participatory Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts Programmes, Transnational Artistic Programmes and Collaborations, Artistic Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Arts Sector.
Strongly dedicated to developing and presenting artistic programmes that are inclusive, socially engaged, supporting integration of migrant, experimental and emerging artists as well increasing participation of disadvantaged members of society.

Ian Oliver

Head of Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship, CFCP

Ian has over 15 years’ senior management and entrepreneurial experience in the Arts, creative and technology Sectors and 4 years’ experience working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Local Arts Offices, Arts Organisations and Venues, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Ireland, auditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions.

Currently Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.