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05 - 09 June 13

A Creative Economy Masterclass and Strategic Consultation for Arkhangelsk, Russia

Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine are in Arkhangelsk in the north west of Russia to identify strategic opportunities to develop a more balanced and diverse economy. This includes a focus on the creative industries, cultural tourism, and an innovation ecology overall. With partners Northern Arctic Federal University (NARFU), Tom and Andrew are delivering a set of masterclasses on international best practice and working to identify strategic priorities which can then be developed with our ongoing consultancy. NARFU is involved in the project "centres of creative industries" with the Nordic Council of Ministers.

This is one of a series of creative economy masterclasses and consultations we are holding in Russia and its region this year - including ongoing activities in Moscow, Ulyanovsk, Brest (Belarus), and Kirovograd (Ukraine).

22 May 13

UNESCO Cultural Experts Meeting, Paris, France

Tom Fleming is in Paris to discuss learning points and next steps for the UNESCO/EU-supported programme of technical assistance to developing countries with regard to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

In 2012, Tom was involved in two UNESCO/EU 'missions' to Vietnam - culminating in a Creative Industries Framework. He is set to return in September 2013 to continue this work and add value to complementary consultancy he is delivering for The British Council (which included a recent programme of support to partners in Vietnam).

The Paris meeting includes a focus on the strategic direction of the UNESCO/EU programme, learning points and next steps (for a possible Phase II of the programme).

17 May 13

Momentum Music Fund Launch at The Great Escape, Brighton, UK

Andrew Erskine and Laura Schmeider will both be attending the launch event for the new Momentum Music Fund in Brighton. The Fund, which Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is evaluating, has been set up to provide vital financial support to help talented artists and bands to take their career to another level.

A partnership between PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England, Momentum will inject more than GBP 500,000 into the music industry over the next two years.Grants of up to GBP 15k will be available, supporting emerging and mid career artists to develop their recording, writing, performing and touring ambitions.

The launch of the fund taking place at the Great Escape Music Festival - Europe's largest showcasing event for new bands.

13-17 May 13

A Creative City Masterclass Programme for Kirovograd, Ukraine

Tom Fleming is in Kirovograd, a city in central Ukraine, to deliver a series of workshops and provide consultancy to city-makers keen to diversify and grow the economy and improve the quality of life overall. Workshop themes include 'Creative Talent and Education', 'Creative Workspace and Clusters', and 'Civic Creativity'.

Tom was requested to deliver this programme after his keynote speech at the 2012 Creative City Forum in Kirovograd. A key outcome will the 'Kirovograd Creative City Manifesto' - a vision document and action plan for the city, which will be launched at the 2013 Creative City Forum.

This Manifesto is the 2nd in a series of Smaller Creative City Manifestos by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. It forms part of our forthcoming Smaller Creative Cities Programme: a platform and set of specialist consultancy services for smaller cities keen to grow a sustainable and value-adding creative economy.

05 May 13

UK City of Culture 2017 - Advising the Bidding and Assessment Process

The UK City of Culture (UKCoC) 2017 bidding process was formally launched in January 2013. Tom Fleming is working as an adviser to Regeneris Consulting, which has for the second time won the contract to manage the bidding and assessment process on behalf of DCMS.

The overall aim of the UK City of Culture programme is to encourage the use of culture as a catalyst of change. The programme is expected to substantially boost the role of culture, its impact on social regeneration and economic performance.

Tom Fleming is working as expert cultural assessor of the initial bids. He is working closely with Regeneris to make recommendations to an Independent Advisory Panel chaired by Phil Redmond on a shortlist which will be announced in June 2013 and which will be asked to submit final bids for the UKCoC 2017 title.