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5-7 February 2018

Expert advice to Oulu as Candidate City for European Capital of Culture 2026, Finland

Tom Fleming is supporting Oulu as it kick-starts its engagemet and development process to be European Capital of Culture 2026. He will be running a series of workshops and advisory sessions with the City Council and partners as the city scopes its approach.

The city of Oulu is a city of over 200,000 people in the north west of Finland. Once known for wood tar and salmon, Oulu has evolved into a major high-tech centre, particularly in IT and wellness technology. The city is also a major cultural centre, with a growing festival sector and some excellent cultural organisations and infrastructure. The city has played a pioneering role in children's creative education - for which Finland is recognised as a world leader. The city has ambitious plans to develop, grow and innovate across its cultural sector and to play a leadership role in cultural planning at a national and European level.

As expert adviser role to the city's bid, Tom Fleming will be drawing on his experience successfully bidding and delivering programmes for European Capitals of Culture in other parts of Europe.

11th January 2018

A Creative Economy Development Programme and Review for Brazil

At Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) we are excited to be working with the British Council and partners in Brazil on an extensive creative economy programme. We have been invited to carry out an assessment of the profile and dynamics of the creative economy of Brazil; provide international best practice creative economy benchmarking; undertake an evaluation of three creative entrepreneurship programmes; and develop an evaluation framework and guide for ongoing evaluation of entrepreneurship programmes.

The work is supported through the British Council-led Newton Professional Development and Engagement Programme. This supports research and innovation partnerships between countries to facilitate economic development and sustainable growth.

The TFCC team will be working the entrepreneurship programme partners ADESAMPA and Servico Brasileiro de Apoio as Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE) on consultations with creative entrepreneurs, development agencies and regional and local governments across five regions of the country: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janero, Alagoas, Pernambuco and Minas Gerais.

10th January 2018

Final Evaluation of the Momentum Music Fund, UK

We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation. In recent years, we have evaluated their Women Make Music Fund and delivered the initial and interim evaluations for the Momentum Music Fund. We have also offered ongoing strategic consultancy as the PRS Foundation continues to play a vital role in supporting music talent from across the UK.

The Momentum Music Fund is an extensive scheme which provides small grants for early to mid-career musicians operating in the contemporary popular music sector. Over 1.9 million pounds has been invested to date, supporting over 200 artists and generating over 7 pounds for every pound invested. It has played a particularly important role in supporting artists from cities and regions outside London, on championing genre diversity and on increasing the reach and confidence of artists.

Momentum is run by PRS Foundation using public funds from Arts Council England, support from PPL, and is in association with Spotify.

This final evaluation will provide a detailed overview of the whole fund 2013-18. It will also reflect on how the UK music industry is changing and the investment and support mechanisms which can support talent to thrive in the future.

5th - 8th December 2017

Crowdfunding for SMEs - training programme in Yerevan, Armenia

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is delivering the third part of its mission in Armenia, training 14 businesses in crowdfunding and sustainable development. Developed with support from Sian Prime, Goldsmiths, University of London, the course covers the start-up journey that businesses need to go on to successfully achieve funding, with a particular focus on gearing up for crowdfunding.

It is aimed at entrepreneurs currently developing innovative products and services, ideas and solutions. It will equip them with the skills and knowledge to promote, raise interest and eventually obtain investments and funding. Narek Vardanyan, who, via the Crowdfunding Formula, has successfully helped Armenian entrepreneurs achieve successful funding campaigns, will be providing local expertise and support.

The training from part of the The 'Support to SME development in Armenia' - SMEDA - project. SMEDA is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.

Following this week, TFCC will be providing recommendations and strategic advice on support for SMEs in Armenia.

5th December 2017

The Creative Economy of Smaller Cities, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will address an audience of cultural organisations, academics, creative businesses, local and regional authority officers and students, focusing on the creative economy of smaller cities and rural regions.

This is part of our contribution to a new Creative Industries Baseline Study for Evora and Alentejo, involving a set of consultations across this fascinating region. This is being led by SPI - an economic development consultancy based in Portugal. It comes at a significant time for the city, as a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2027.