Consultancy news /

14th - 21st March 16

TFCC in Nigeria for Creative Skills Rapid Assessment: Lagos, Abuja and Calabar

Tom Fleming and Tomi Oladepo are currently in Nigeria to undertake a series of consultations as part of our rapid assessment of the creative skills landscape. The research is for the British Council Nigeria. We are undertaking a series of workshops and one-to-one consultations in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar to ascertain the profile, needs and opportunities for skills development. This will lead to a situation analysis report which will be presented at a major conference on the Nigerian creative economy, in April 2016.

16th March 16

Keynote Speech at the first Tunisian National Freelance Day, Tunis

Our Senior Associate Andrew Erskine, will provide a keynote address at this major event to celebrate the vital role that self-employed people play in the Tunisian economy. The day will see the launch of 'UProdit' a new platform and social media site for freelancers. This is designed to create new business opportunities, engage communities and leverage innovative partnerships.

The event, featuring international speakers from the UK and Germany, will be held at Carthage El Hadatha Amphitheater, Manouba University Campus. It is organised by Prodit, an NGO focused on supporting graduates in the arts and multimedia to find employment, in cooperation with ISAMM (Higher Institute of Arts and Multimedia) and Manouba University. There are expected to be over 400 participants including stakeholders from many Tunisian regions (freelancers, government officials, higher education, NGOs and companies). Additionally, there will be a large media presecence from national radio, TV, digital press and newspapers.

Andrew will examine what freelancers need to succeed in the modern economy. Based on lessons from the UK, where 1 in 7 of all workers are self-employed, his talk will look at the implications that one of fastest growing sectors in the global workforce has for professional services, governments and education.

Our participation is being generously supported by British Council Tunisia.

16th February 16

Tom Fleming leads 2nd workshop programme for the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, Canada.

The UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is dedicated to the creation and strengthening of a global community of professionals advancing cultural development as a vital component of successful communities and sustainable growth.

Tom has been asked to teach a module on creative place-making for smaller cities. This bulds on his successful course in 2014-15. Tom will deliver a set of online workshops to participants from across north America.

16th - 19th February 16

Culture for Cities and Regions: Study visit to northern Portugal (Porto, Guimaraes and Braga)

Tom Fleming will continue his role as creative industries expert to the Culture for Cities and Regions programme by participating in a study visit to northern Portugal. 12 cities from across Europe will join Tom and the team from Eurocities and KEA to explore the role of culture in development across this distinctive and fascinating region. This will include visits to key clusters and cultural organisations in Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.

This is of course a region Tom knows well, with 3 years as programme director for the Creative City (Cidade) focus of Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, and a lead role in the development of the first creative industries strategy in Portugal (for the northern region) in 2008-10. Tom will play a facilitating role and work closely with hosts ADDICT (the creative industries development agency for the north of Portugal) to share best practice with participating cities.

15th February 16

The Career Needs of Musicians in the UK. A Review for Help Musicians UK.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC), with Sound Diplomacy, has been commissioned by Help Musicians UK (HMUK) to review and provide recommendations from an analysis of research into the career needs of musicians in the UK. We see this as a major opportunity to work with HMUK at an important stage in its life with a new chief executive and creative director in place. This piece of work is important, because the needs of professional musicians at different stages in their careers has evolved as much as the sector they inhabit. These include technological change affecting all aspects of performance, recording and distribution, the withering of traditional business models and the emergence of new ones, new patterns of live music consumption and venues, as well as increased international opportunities and challenges. Added together these changes mean that musicians can be more in control of their career than ever before, but doing so requires a broad range of connections and networks, skills and knowledge. It is vital that support for musicians reacts to the needs of artists and understands the ecosystem that they operate in across the music industry value chain.