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Arts Business Models Project

Update November 2016

Opportunities are still available to be matched with either of two inspiring case study organisations: Graeae Theatre Company and Lighthouse, Brighton.

The following case study organisations have already been matched with museums:

Multistory                                Egham Museum

Aspex, Portsmouth                 Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Battersea Arts Centre             Aldershot Military Museum

Tobacco Factory Theatres      New Forest Centre

Contact your local Museum Development Officer to find out more about how this project can help your museum and to discuss which partner organisation might be the best match for your ambitions.

Update May 2016

Expressions of interest to be partnered with a successful arts organisation through a peer-to-peer approach, supported with seed funding, are now open. Whilst this project is primarily focused on Hampshire Solent museums, one or two museums from other parts of the Museum Development South East or South West regions will be given the opportunity to take part.

  • Why are museums thinking about business models?
  • What do we mean by business models?
  • What are other cultural organisations doing?
  • What do museums need to do?

This project is designed to enable museums to learn from successful arts business models through a peer-to-peer approach.

By ‘business models’, we mean the model by which an arts organisation operates as a business, including its value proposition, sources of revenue, customer base, services or products, operating systems and processes, financial arrangements, relationships with suppliers and partners, workforce arrangements and organisational culture

We commissioned arts business experts Alchemy Research & Consultancy to undertake a significant piece of research to identify 6 case study arts organisations with successful business models, willing to share their learning with museums.

Through the research project, six case studies have been written and warm contacts brokered with the case study organisations:

The case study organisations have been chosen to demonstrate a diverse range of approaches to success in the arts. They show the rich variety of ways in which successful organisations work to ensure their financial future and to build positive relationships with communities and other stakeholders.

In addition, Alchemy has written a report providing an overview of key business models found in the cultural sector: what are established and new approaches, which models are emerging as ‘successful’ in the sense of enabling organisations to continue to deliver on their missions in a sustainable way? How can museums improve their own sustainability by learning from other arts organisations’ business models? We are publishing this report to provide valuable learning to the wider museums sector.

As the next stage of the project, we are now offering the opportunity for six museums to each be paired with one of the case study organisations, in order to embark on an 8-month partnership of peer learning.

To apply to take part in this exciting project, download and read the applicant information pack, then complete the online Expression of Interest form.

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Download all six case studies in a single document:

Please find below a Word template for use if you would prefer to draft your application offline, ready to copy and paste into the online form. All applications must be submitted via the online form. You may alternatively choose to work directly into surveymonkey,

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Update April 2016

We will shortly be launching the application process for  project to provide opportunities for museums to learn from successful arts business models.

The project features relationship brokering with 6 successful arts organisations, idenfitied through research carried out for the South East Museum Development Programme by experts Dawn Langley and Susan Royce of consultancy Alchemy. The project will also publish a report providing an overview of key business models found in the cultural sector in the South East of England with key learning for the museums sector, as well as case studies of each of the 6 highlighted organisations.

We will be promoting the opportunity to benefit from this project to museums via this website and newsletter. The report and case studies will also be published via the website.

This project is designed to enable museums to learn from successful arts business models through a peer-to-peer approach.

By ‘business models’, we mean the model by which an arts organisation operates as a business, including its value proposition, sources of revenue, customer base, services or products, operating systems and processes, financial arrangements, relationships with suppliers and partners, workforce arrangements and organisational culture

We commissioned arts business experts Alchemy to undertake a significant piece of research to identify 6 case study arts organisations with successful business models, willing to share their learning with museums.

Through the research project, six case studies have been written and warm contacts brokered with the case study organisations:

Aspex

Lighhouse

Graeae

Battersea Arts Centre

Multistory

Tobacco Factory

The case study organisations have been chosen to demonstrate a diverse range of approaches to success in the arts. They show the rich variety of ways in which successful organisations work to ensure their financial future and to build positive relationships with communities and other stakeholders.

In addition, Alchemy have written a report providing an overview of key business models found in the cultural sector: what are established and new approaches, which models are emerging as ‘successful’ in the sense of enabling organisations to continue to deliver on their missions in a sustainable way? How can museums improve their own sustainability by learning from other arts organisations’ business models? We will be publishing this report to provide valuable learning to the wider museums sector.

As the next stage of the project, we will be offering the opportunity for six museums to each be paired with one of the case study organisations, in order to embark on an intensive 8-month partnership of peer learning. The opportunity will be promoted via our website and newsletter in May 2016 and the application process will close in June 2016.