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The Artist as Fundraiser and

the Art of Raising Funds

Wednesday 24 July 2024, 5pm - 7:30pm


Free Entry


Ararat Gallery TAMA



Join us for a workshop with Creative Australia on raising funds for your art on Wednesday 24th July 2024, 5pm – 7.30pm.

The Artist as Fundraiser and the Art of Raising Funds is focused on providing artists with knowledge, skills and networks towards raising money to support their practice. Most suitable for independent artists, small collectives and sole traders.

This workshop will cover…
– Where money comes from to support the arts
– Why fundraise to support my work?
– Arts fundraising theory
– Developing a case for support
– How to run a successful digital or online fundraising campaign via the Australian Cultural Fund
– Business Partnerships
– Fundraising strategies (including leveraging for Plus One and Matchlab programs)
– How to develop a fundraising plan

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Free entry, bookings essential to plan catering. Please scroll down to book ↓

About the presenter
Steven Richardson is the Victorian and Tasmanian State Manager, Development and Partnerships for Creative Australia. To this role Steven brings many years of fundraising experience, having been responsible for raising financial investment in all of his previous executive positions.

Steven’s background spans artistic, producing, and programming roles – including as a director, curator and producer – and this varied experience has given him a multi-dimensional view of successful fundraising strategy and implementation.

As founder of Black Arm Band and Dance Massive, he raised more than $8 million and brokered many significant sustaining partnerships. And as Artistic Associate for Melbourne Festivals, and founding Artistic Director of Arts House, he raised or assisted in raising major financial investment that ensured ongoing artistic vibrancy, and financial health.

After doing a Fine Arts degree and attending VCA School of Dance, Steven’s early career included touring the world as a roustabout and performer for Circus Oz. He has served on numerous advisory boards, including five years as Deputy Chair of the Dance Board for the Australia Council for the Arts, the VicHealth Arts Advisory Board and many others.

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