Arts Council England Launch Digital Culture Network

About the Digital Culture Network

We offer direct 1-2-1 support for organisations in receipt of – or eligible for – Arts Council England funding, as well as a series of training sessions, events and webinars. We’re also building a resource bank which will be available online soon (and have produced a range of resources in response to the current Covid-19 crisis on topics such as Remote Working, Livestreaming and Income Generation).

Support usually consists of an initial diagnostic meeting (30-60mins) with a discussion around your current activity, what you are hoping to achieve, strategy development, prioritisation of areas of work and potential next steps or solutions. Following this the Tech Champion might email you support material, signpost you to relevant resources and/or arrange a follow-up call or support from another Tech Champion. Once the support has been completed, we ask you to fill in a satisfaction survey to help us improve our offer. The support is bespoke to your organisation’s needs, meaning we tailor solutions and advice to be in line with your capacity and resources.

Our nine Tech Champions have specialist backgrounds in:

· Box office, ticketing and CRM

· Data analytics

· Digital content and streaming

· Digital strategy and marketing

· eCommerce and merchandising

· Email marketing

· Search engine optimisation and marketing

· Social media

· Websites

Need more convincing? Read some testimonials we’ve received over the past 12 months:

The [Tech] Champs have come into our meetings to share their advice, delivered webinars and audits for us, sent over reams of helpful information, and sensitively provided expert feedback on our digital profile. They are busy, and so are we – now more than ever – but even occasionally extending our team in this way has been invaluable, and we often refer back to their advice. This service is a great asset to small companies like ours: not only are the Tech Champions very knowledgeable, we know for sure that they’re batting for us.

We really didn’t know where to turn for advice and felt completely isolated and being dictated to by an agency who were ‘blinding us with science’ and not taking the time to explain technical issues to us for a project that was costing us a considerable amount of money.  Our gut feeling was that there was another way and we too were confused by the seeming contradiction re the video/YouTube issue. We now feel we have a better understanding and can challenge with facts and information that we trust.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming events and sector support offers!

Marc Burns

Tech Champion, Digital Culture Network

Arts Council England

Tel 0191 2558517

Mobile 07919367867


Digital skills for the arts and cultural sector

Sign up on the website:Digital Culture Network

Interested in dance choreology? Join the Benesh International Congress in May

Join the Royal Academy of Dance for the Benesh International Congress, Between the lines: The Art of Choreology, from 22-24 May. It is an opportunity for professionals, students and those interested in Benesh to connect and discuss latest developments.

The schedule combines lectures, workshops, carousel sessions and round tables, with fascinating speakers on offer. A panel will discuss reviving early works of Kenneth MacMillan, Benesh vs. video in preserving works, as a tool for improvisation and composition, and a circus artist and choreologist will explore the use of Benesh in recording circus arts.

See more and book your place:

The Gathering 2020 – The Touring Network

The Gathering is an annual event, bringing together promoters from across the Highlands and Islands with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, build key skills and showcase new work.

The Gathering – Fri 24 – Sun 26 Apr 2020
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isie of Skye

This is the first time we’ve hosted our flagship event on an island, so expect to be as inspired by the dramatic Skye scenery outside as the performances on stage inside!

The theme for this year is Greener Touring.  We’ll be sharing lots of ideas for sustainable programming, audience transport, greener venues alongside a very exciting showcase and evening programme!
The whole event will take place at Sabhal Mór Ostaig, and we’re grateful for the support from SEALL in programming our evenings.

View the Programme sofar and Register for Tickets now!

Pride of Place 2020 Conference

Thurs, 26 March 2020
Tickets £29

The Green Dragon Hotel
Broad Street

Are rural areas getting a fair bite of the apple? The Pride of Place 2020 conference is an arts, heritage and culture conversation in the heart of Herefordshire. Discuss culture-led rural regeneration with policy-makers, funders and cultural leaders, share innovative ideas, network with key organisations, and get your crucial questions answered. This is your chance to dig a little deeper into the role arts and heritage play in rural places across the UK.

Book your place now.

The day will include:

Talks from:

  • Laura Dyer MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Places & Engagement, Arts Council England.
  • Professor Simon Pemberton, Keele University. Author of Rural Regeneration in the UK.
  • Clive Fletcher, Principal Advisor and Lead Specialist, Historic Places, Historic England. Author of Historic England Places Strategy.

Conversations and breakout sessions with:

  • Rosie Millard, Chair of BBC Children in Need.
  • Justine Wheatley, CEO of PEAK: Art in the Black Mountains
  • Great Place: Lakes and Dales (Great Place Scheme)
  • Northern Heartlands (Great Place Scheme)
  • Create Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire’s A Great Place (Great Place Scheme)
  • Ferrous Festival

With thanks to Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Elmley Foundation for supporting this event. Tickets will include all refreshments, lunch, and workshops.

For more information please email

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