Fundraising in turbulent times – a short course designed to help you write more compelling funding applications and improve your strike rate with funders.

About the course

With funder budgets under greater pressure than ever, and all of us in the jazz sector having to re-imagine what we do or at least how we might do it in the short term, it’s more important than ever that any funding application you submit is ‘on the money’. But how to do that when many funders use jargon that leaves us none the wiser about what they fund and why, and whether or not what we do hits the spot? 

If you’re confused by the jargon, not sure how best to answer funder questions, or which story to tell, this course is for you. Course leader Julia Payne will help you get inside the real value of what you’re doing, think about how to tell a compelling story, and how to make sure that your budget storytelling adds up too. You’ll get inside the following: 

Getting the prep right, to maximise your chances

Are you a good match? How to know who to apply to

Funder jargon

what they really mean, and how that relates to what you do

The who – how to talk about who you’re working with

The winning ingredients in a good funding application

what do they look and sound like?

So what? How to tell a compelling story

How to demonstrate need

How to describe project aims, objectives and milestone

Making the budget add up – literally and metaphorically!

Over 2 half day modules, Julia will share a host of useful insights, tips and tricks and real life examples.  Plus, JPN’s Chair, Kim Macari, who works part time as a Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, will be dropping in to share her thoughts on what you need to do to up your strike rate with funders. 

About your trainer

Julia is Director of the hub, a creative social enterprise she founded back in 2002 with the aim of building the capacity of her peers in the independent music sector. With a background in the jazz sector (she worked at The Stable, the Barbican and Jazz Development Trust earlier in her career), she’s raised over £12m in her career, and has worked with hundreds of artists, freelancers, promoters and venues to help them improve their fundraising skills and understanding.  

The details

The two sessions will take place on the  7th & 14th December 2020.

Both sessions will happen on Zoom, between 9.30am-1.00pm, including screen/comfort breaks. 

To take part, you’ll need to be able to attend both sessions, and also be able to commit to doing a small amount of preparation/homework in between sessions. 

How much will it cost to take part?

£5 per session for non members and free for members (if you’re not already a member, we are offering free membership until the end of March – Head to our joining page to find out more).