Introduction to Fundraising

Introduction to Fundraising


Introduction to Fundraising aims to increase fundraising knowledge for the live arts sector in Bradford. Throughout March and April Bradford Producing Hub (BPH) will host free fundraising sessions for artists and small companies, followed by tailored support for your own projects. Introduction to Fundraising will help you to develop an understanding of how different artists and companies have approached fundraising and will support you to find new ways to raise money for your creative  projects. 

Introduction to Fundraising is a partnership project with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy transforms the fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success of arts organisations.


To increase knowledge of different fundraising models.

To create a network of people to peer review and support each other during application processes.

In the long-term to get more investment through fundraising for the live arts sector in Bradford. 

Topics and Dates

Tuesday 30 March, 4pm to 6pm: Local Trusts and Foundations with Francesca Joy from Imagine If Theatre.  

Tuesday 13 April, 4pm to 6pm:Fundraising as part of your artistic planning  with Julia Skelton and Jess Boyes from Mind the Gap. 

✔  Wednesday 21 April, 4pm to 6pm : Business sponsorship and donations with Syima Aslam. 

✔ Thursday 29 April,  4pm to 6pm: Crowdfunding.  Please note this session will now be with Pete Toon of Mikron Theatre

Tuesday 4 May, 4pm to 5pm:  Developing a collaborative approach to fundraising in Bradford’ with Shazia Bibi.

Who is the programme for?

People who:

 need to fundraise as an artist or for an independent company.

are interested in finding out more about other types of fundraising (outside of Arts Council project grants). 

are newer to fundraising, such as early career creatives and artists, independent companies.*

* We are using the terms artists/creatives loosely as we are including producers, project managers etc in this part too.

Funding Surgeries and Working Together

The final session of Introduction to Fundraising will be focused on developing a collaborative approach to fundraising in Bradford. We know how challenging it can be working on a plan to raise money for creative projects by yourself,  therefore we are planning an interactive session on 26 April from 4pm to 5pm with Creative Instigator Shazia Bibi to discuss the different fundraising models and what fundraising framework might suit your projects. 

In the following 12 months, expert fundraiser Anna Scrine , Jess Boyes and the fundraising team from University of Bradford will be providing 4 surgeries for artists to come together and work on strategies for a particular type of fundraising or writing specific applications. These surgeries are designed for a small number of people who have already done some thinking around a particular approach so we can actively plan and problem-solve together. There will be an opportunity to speak to an expert prior to the surgeries for some preparation. Further information about this will be provided.

Access and Support
How to Join

BPH can help with any access or support needs such as, BSL interpretation, childcare, online costs.  Please email us at [email protected] so that we can arrange a chat about how best to support you. We also have a limited number of bursaries of £50 per session for people based in Bradford – these are to support people who might not be able to take part without financial help.  There is a section on the online registration form where you can tell us if you require this. 

You can sign up for as many of the Introduction to Fundraising sessions as you like.  However, we expect there will be a lot of demand for the fundraising surgeries, so will prioritise people who have attended all sessions.

More training

BPH are seeking 6 artists or small companies based in Bradford who have been creating work for a substantial amount of time, want to move to the next step in their development and would like to be part of a new peer network in the District.
+ Arts Council England Project Grants - Music Focus with Dean Freeman 28 February 12pm - 4pm
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