#CreativesInConversation focus on fundraising

ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs will tackle funding and sponsorship for the arts in the penultimate of the Creatives in Conversation series at UJ this week. Under the auspices of the Creatives in Conversation series, Mr Pieter Jacobs, CEO of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), will provide an overview of the formal funding structures on the local arts and culture landscape. The session also aims to share information and knowledge regarding fundraising and sponsorship more broadly.



Curated as one of the ways in which creative industries practitioners and stakeholders could take the conversations of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference forward, “Creatives in Conversation” is a series of free public engagements with creative experts. Five conversations themed around theatre, music, visual arts and the creative industries were initially presented in the weeks leading up to the Conference. Brett Pyper facilitated an open conversation shortly after the Conference followed by sessions on Sustaining Member-Based Arts Organisations and on Policy & Advocacy.

Mr Jacobs is an award-winning playwright, producer, actor and arts manager. Since graduating from Tshwane University of Technology in 2001, he has worked on various productions and events in the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and South Africa. In his role as CEO of ACT, he serves as a member of the Trust’s Management, Projects & Fundraising and Risk & Audit committees. He is also a member of Arterial Network South Africa’s Executive Steering Committee.

Creatives in Conversation wraps up next Thursday 21 May with a post-mortem session on several recent arts conferences. ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from the NEPAD arts education conference and Levinia Jones, Head of Arts British Council and Content Director for the 2015 ACT | UJ Conference, around major observations, outcomes and ways forward with a focus on how practitioners can mobilise the knowledge and information shared at the conferences.

Entrance to both sessions is free. To RSVP, please e-mail your contact details to preciousm@uj.ac.za indicating which of the conversations you would like to attend and how many people you will be attending with.

The 2015 Conference was presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA–UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJFM.

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