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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.

5th February 16

Creative Economy Research Symposium, Kingston, Jamaica

Tom Fleming will contribute to this high level symposium by describing the challenges of developing a business plan for the creative industries of Jamaica in a context of poor baseline evidence.

The approach to data and evidence for the creative industries and wider cultural sector in Jamaica has been piecemeal and under-coordinated. Tom will identify oportunities to improve the approach and draw on experience from other countries where policy is much more informed by detailed and accurate research.

Other speakers include Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller; Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles; and Dr. Hon. Peter Phillips, Ministry of Finance.

4th February 16

Creative Spillovers Symposium, Dublin, Ireland

Our senior consultant Andrew Erskine will be sharing some of the key findings of our recent work on creative and cultural Spillovers with an invited audience of senior cultural professionals at Arts Council of Ireland in Dublin. The session will explore how arts organisations and artists can engage with the growing interest in the spillover benefits of public investment in culture and creativity. Arts Council of Ireland was one of the consortium members which funded our recent research, alongside Arts Council England, the European Creative Business Network, Creative England, and the European Cultural Foundation.