Development Forum: Business, Culture and Young People: Working Together, Creating Opportunities

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Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

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Registration and networking 14:30

Event 15:00 - 17:45 approx with two networking breaks
Networking from 17:45 approx

Please join us for our Development Forum focusing on business and cultural collaborations that have created new experiential opportunities for young people in Scotland, celebrating the Year of Young People 2018.

Speakers will include representatives from KPMG, Scottish Ballet, Richmond Oaks, Scottish Youth Theatre, PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc., Drake Music Scotland and representatives from the National Youth Arts Advisory Group

Tickets FREE to members of Arts & Business Scotland, only £20 (+VAT) to non-members. Includes tea, coffee and networking drinks.

Why attend:

  • Engage with lead representatives from across the arts, business and heritage sectors including CEOs, Directors, Development Managers, Trustees.
  • Learn from young people and business and cultural leaders on the power of collaborative working
  • Opportunities for peer learning and networking before, during and post drinks reception from 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Hear from:
  • -KPMG - Richard Rutnagur, Director
    -Scottish Ballet
    - Kirsten Cockburn, Head of Sponsorship & Commercial
    -Richmond Oaks
    - Alan Harty, CEO
    -Scottish Youth Theatre - Jacky Hardacre, CEO
    -PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. - Chris Swaffer, Product Manager
    -Drake Music Scotland - Susan McNaught, Fundraising Manager
    -National Youth Arts Advisory Group - Emma Ruse, Laura Roshni Baillie and Betsy King

Book at the link below or read on for more information, including an event summary, presentation outlines, view a video clip and read what previous business and cultural attendees say.

Event Summary:

Young people regularly engaging with or participating in cultural activities are known to benefit from improved health and well-being, confidence, learning and wider skills development. For some young people, though, getting access to these experiences can be difficult due to a variety of reasons such as rural location, poor transport infrastructure, residing in areas of multiple deprivation and simply feeling excluded from the opportunity.

As public-sector funding tightens for arts and heritage organisations across the country, the three business and cultural partnership stories being presented at this Development Forum demonstrate how businesses can play a big part in helping to create new ways for young people to engage with culture to build confidence and self-esteem.

As well as citing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and developing community links, all three businesses recognise how the three arts organisation partners help to raise business and brand name awareness and provide significant promotional and investment returns through extensive marketing and PR opportunities.

Setting the scene:

Business, Culture and Young People: Working Together, Creating Opportunities

National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG): Three representatives from NYAAG share their views on the topic of the day.


Scottish Ballet and KPMG: It is not always about the money!

Scottish Ballet and KPMG will share their story which features a large elephant, a lost love and a class of noisy P5 children.

Scottish Youth Theatre and Richmond Oaks: Our Flagship Year of Young People 2018 Production

Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) and Richmond Oaks will talk about their partnership which has helped the young people of SYT National Ensemble 2018 to shape and create a new piece of theatre on mental health and young people. Performances Summer 2018.

Drake Music Scotland  and PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc.: The Digital Orchestra

Drake Music Scotland and PresSonus Audio Electronics Inc. will relate how in kind software support from PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. enabled the development of new work written, recorded, edited and performed by  Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra of 20 disabled young musicians as part of Drake’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

What previous Development Forum attendees said:

 “Great opportunity to meet new people from across different sectors” – Scott Byrne, General Manager, Hospitalfield

“It’s by far the best forum around to find out about cultural activities and the link with business opportunities” – Scott Craig, Partner, Scott Moncrieff

“It’s a good opportunity to meet others in the sector in a welcoming atmosphere”
Molly Goyer, Imaginate

 “Be prepared to learn a lot of what's happening between business and arts” – Garry Dalton, Account Executive, Keegan & Pennykid Insurance Brokers Ltd

“Great networking and content - go!”
Margaret Clift McNulty, National Museums Scotland

“Great to know there is A) an organisation like Arts & Business Scotland  and B) a network of fundraisers as interested” – Shona Thomson, Producer and Curator, A Kind of Seeing

“Been to many conferences this month - friendly 'non stuffy' format makes A&BS always one to look forward to.” – SJ Dooley, Events Manager, EventScotland

“Informative, lively, good mix of organisations represented”
Rebecca Low, Traverse Theatre

 “Well worth crossing Scotland in mid winder but be brave to speak up”- Jane Mayo, Chairman, Campbeltown Community Business Ltd

 “A good network to develop your approach and practice in a supporting environment” – Giles Ingram, CEO, Abbotsford Trust

 “Go along and network - work the room!” – Gerry Corish, Marketing Director, Scottish Salmon Company

Click here to watch some short video clips from recent Development Forums:

All three partnerships presenting on the day have been supported by match funding from the first year of the Culture & Business Fund Scotland. The event is suitable for arts, heritage and business organisations.