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Helping culture thrive

Liverpool’s cultural organisations are being offered advice to help them survive and thrive during difficult economic times.

Groups who receive public funding are invited to take part in special FREE workshops which will focus on developing and honing essential skills and will include devising feasible strategies for financial sustainability at a time when there is a severely reduced grant aid due to public sector cuts.

There will also be an opportunity for individual businesses to receive specifically tailored management consultancy advice.

The sessions will be delivered by business expert David Parrish a creative, cultural and digital sector specialist, who will pass on invaluable advice and guidance on how to make organisations self-sufficient during this tough economic climate.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We want to do everything we can to give cultural organisations the tools to survive.

“It’s important for them not just to rely on short-term funding but to become self-sufficient and sustainable in their own right. I encourage as many organisations as possible to make the most of the free expertise on offer which really could help their business to bloom.

“Every organisation needs to prepare to weather the economic storm, and we want to help them to do this as we know how important culture is to this city.”

The same seminar will be delivered on:

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Leaf Teashop and Bar, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ

Tuesday 4 December 2012, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Leaf Teashop and Bar, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ

Places must be reserved in advance by emailing

David Parrish said: “I will be sharing my own experience of developing new income streams in the arts organisations I have managed, as well as ideas and techniques I’ve used with consultancy clients in the UK and internationally, to help cultural enterprises in Liverpool to become more economically sustainable.”

The ‘Survive and Thrive’ project forms part of Culture Liverpool’s Fit for the Future programme which focuses on bringing together organisations and their expertise to develop the city’s cultural strategy. It is funded by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.


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