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19th March 2020

COVID-19 Statement

As the world struggles to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts and creative industries are one of the most vulnerable sectors. With concerts, gigs and festivals postponed or cancelled; with galleries, museums and theatres closing; and with freelancers and micro enterprises unable to work; this is a seriusly tough time.

Governments and Arts Councils across the world are showing varying degrees of commitment to the arts and creative industries, alongside other seriously vulnerable sectors such as hospitality, retail, leisure and tourism. The German Goverment has been particularly proactive and reassuring in offering a range of financial support measures, as has Arts Council Norway. In the UK, the Government has been slow to react and while eventually offering a range of actions to support businesses, has fallen short of providing measures to protect workers, especially those in the 'gig economy'.

During and after this crisis. TFCC will be working to both measure the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and creative economy, from the role of culture in enhancing our wellbeing to the challenges of staying afloat when there is no creative work.

As an international research and consultancy organisation in culture and the creative economy, our programme has inevitably changed for the coming months. We were looking forward to completing the creative economy road map for Kuwait, participating at SXSW in Texas, speaking at the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, talking on museum innovation in Athens and Thessaloniki, completing the cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, speaking at a major cultural symposium in Cartagena, Colombia, and running a series of consultations in Aveiro, Hounslow, Malta and Sheffield.

But we are fortunate. Most of our projects can be rearranged or can be adapted through online consultations and desk-based research. For many in our sector, the work will effectively stop. The next few weeks and months are going to be incredibly difficult for everyone in the arts and creative industries. They need our support. So if you are able and for as long as we can receive deliveries, please consider buying that record / book / art so they can survive the drought. Also check out the various crowdfunding and ticketing projects which are emerging in a effort to retain some cash flow into the sector.

Stay safe.

6th March 2020

Evaluation of The British Council Cultural Skills Festival Management Programme

TFCC has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the British Council cultural skills festival management programme 2016-2019. The Cultural Skills Unit established in 2015 was created to research and pilot programmes in the sharing of cultural skills between UK and overseas countries that the British Council is active in. Festival management emerged as an area of demand and the British Council has delivered projects and programmes which responded to this demand in: Indonesia, Brazil, UK, West Africa. The programme is currently active in the Gulf, India and Jamaica.

TFCC will undertake qualitative analysis to explore the impact of this programme on the capacity, confidence and skills of festival organisations, producers and artists in the above countries.

March 12th 2020

Connect for Creativity Study Visit, London, UK

Connect for Creativity is an 18-month project led by the British Council, in collaboration with ATOLYE and Abdullah Gul University in Turkey, BIOS in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia. The Project is part of the Intercultural Dialogue Programme
led by Yunus Emre Institute and co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

Based on the concepts of empathy, engagement and empowerment, Connect for Creativity aims to strengthen intercultural dialogue through supporting creative hubs and their communities to come together, exchange ideas and experience, and encourage new creative collaborations.

TFCC are designing and hosting a study visit to a sample of creative hubs in London, plus a schedule of meetings with some exemplar partners including the Greater London Authority Creative Economy team, the London Legacy Development Corporation, Hackney Wick Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone and We Made That.

February 27th 2020

Tom Fleming to keynote at by: Larm Festival, Oslo, Norway

by: Larm is the most essential meeting point for the Nordic music industry. It involves a music festival and conference held annually at different locations in Norway since 1998. Since 2008 the festival has been held in Oslo.

by:Larm consists of two parts: a festival and a conference. The conference is a meeting place for the Norwegian and foreign music industries. A series of lectures, seminars and debates are held during the day. The festival concerts take place at night and are open to the public. Their main focus is to present artists that are on the verge of success, either in their homelands or internationally.

Tom will present initial findings of our research for Arts Council Norway on the potential for a creative economy strategy for the country.

February 4th 2020

Great West Corridor Market Study and Creative Industry Strategy, Hounslow, London UK.

TFCC has been commissioned by the London Borough of Hounslow to develop an in-depth study of the profile and dynamics of the creative industries in the Great West Corridor, a key strategic slice of west London. This area is one of the new Creative Enterprise Zones, called Great West Creatives. It is an area of major change with a long history of innovation and creativity.

Following the construction of the Great West Road in 1925, large multi-national companies were attracted to the area. By the Second World War, companies such as Beechams, Gillette and Firestone had located their headquarters along the road, heralding a new era of modern offices and factories, technology, research and development. The legacy of this pattern of development endures today with many historic headquarter buildings remaining, such as SKY and GlaxoSmithKline, Chiswick Business Park, Power Road Studios, the University of West London and many smaller and medium sized enterprises.

Working with regular partners We Made That and Hatch Regeneris, our role will be to lead a process of analysis, review and strategic planning which identifies the current profile and dynamics of the creative industries in the area and scopes a set of strategic priorities for workspace, sector support and creative growth.