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New programme to support Nottingham’s Creative Industries

  • Date: 17 April 2014
  • Area: Midlands

National portfolio organisation, New Art Exchange, has launched an innovative programme of business and entrepreneurial support for creative industries in Nottingham.

The Real Creative Futures scheme will support entrepreneurs across the creative sector in performing arts, visual arts, music, crafts, design, film, photography, broadcasting, advertising, architecture, publishing and software.

The scheme is being supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be delivered by New Art Exchange in collaboration with NBV Enterprise Solutions, Nottingham City Council and the Creative Quarter.

By transforming ideas into sustainable futures, New Art Exchange hopes Real Creative Futures will create new jobs, promote growth throughout the sector, and stimulate local economies across Nottingham’s most disadvantaged urban areas.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “One of the Arts Council’s aims is to promote resilience and growth within the creative sector through the development of strong leadership, talent, skills and entrepreneurship. The Real Creative Futures programme looks set to play a significant role in achieving this within Nottingham’s creative sector. I would really encourage individual artists and creative organisations to take advantage of the development opportunities, support and advice available as part of this new programme.”

Real Creative Futures will offer individuals and organisations the chance to develop business ideas creatively and commercially.

Business experts NBV will assist creative individuals in realising their aspirations through starting a company, whilst New Art Exchange will nurture and inspire the rich mix of existing creative businesses and freelancers living and working in the city.

Budding entrepreneurs will gain access to industry experts who can provide critical feedback and mentoring support, business coaching, development events, targeted networking opportunities, workshops on a variety of topics, and business grants.

For more information about Real Creative Futures click here