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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.

11th February 16

Rapid Skills Assessment of Creative Industries Skills in Nigeria.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) will work with the British Council Nigeria to develop a clear overview of the current creative industries skills provision in Nigeria. Focusing on three sample cities (Lagos, Calabar and Abuja) the research will explore a set of demand-side and supply-side issues for effective skills development. This project comes during a critical period, with the UK / Nigeria programme underway and as Nigeria continues to grow: in population, economically, and as an increasingly influential driver for the creative economy of Africa. With a dynamic marketplace of micro and SMEs, a large domestic market, a growing diaspora and a strong creative influence internationally, Nigeria has many of the attributes required to become a major global creative economy over the next decade.

This rapid assessment will focus on the latter as a core element for any successful creative industries sector. Indeed, in our work across the world (where we have developed many creative industries strategies and specific skills assessments and strategies), skills are the fundamental issue for sector development. This is because talent is the raw material for the sector and thus without dedicated and coordinated approaches to a blend of technical, operational, managerial and entrepreneurial elements, the sector will not into grow to its potential and will not be inclusive.

10th February 16

Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit: A Business Plan

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned by the Caribbean Export Agency to develop a business plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU). The overall purpose of the CCIMU will be to address the needs of the regional creative industries, while fostering creativity, developing businesses, creating opportunities and improving trade, and ensuring that the rights and obligations of stakeholders are respected and legally protected.

The proposed CCIMU will focus on four subsectors - fashion, music, animation, and festivals in the initial three years. This will allow the institution to develop its capacity and expertise in the expansion of these sub-sectors, which can later be extended to the other areas of the creative industries. Specifically the CCIMU will have the following objectives:

- to collect and increase the availability of data on the creative industries;
- to increase access to finance for creative sector MSMEs;
- to enhance trade and export development within the regional creative industries sector;
- to facilitate the registration and protection of the Intellectual Property of Caribbean MSMEs.

Funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, this business plan will involve TFCC working closely with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), which will house the CCIMU. Our methodology commenced with an inception meeting in Barbados and will include study visits to countries across the Caribbean. Two major workshops, in Jamaica and Trinidad, will also be held to prioritise CCIMU activities and agree on the governance and partnership structure of the new organisation.