The Region’s Arts Fundraisers Add Some Drama to Data Protection
Last week, The REP hosted the latest Midlands Arts Fundraising Forum and welcomed fundraisers from over 20 of the region's most prominent arts organisations. The event was a great opportunity for attendees to network, share ideas and experiences, as well as addressing some of the most pressing issues currently affecting the sector.
A major focus of the day was data protection, following the recent rulings by the Information Commissioner's Office and the planned changes to regulation for charities, delegates were keen to gain an understanding of the current situation and to enable them to ensure they remain compliant in the changing landscape. Amongst the speakers at the event was Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England. In order to provide robust and sector specific advice to arts organisations across the country, the Arts Council has commissioned law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite to create a guidance document.
Delegates at the forum were given the opportunity to review a draft of this guidance and to feedback directly to Clare and representatives from BWB. The group had an engaging and extremely rewarding discussion and their comments will inform the final version of the guidance that is due to be published in the next month.
In addition to the guest speakers, attendees also enjoyed a Jamaican themed lunch in celebration of The REP's brand new production 'One Love: The Bob Marley Musical', a backstage tour of the theatre and a sneak preview of 'MK Ultra' by Rosie Kay Dance Company which had its world premiere at The REP on Friday. As well a general Arts Council update from Clare Titley, attendees enjoyed informative sessions from Dr Vishalakshi Roy from Warwick University and Earthen Lamp, and Adrian Beney from Fundraising Consultancy, More Partnership.
The REP's Fundraising Manager, Rachel Cranny said:
We were delighted to host this event at The REP and to welcome fellow arts fundraisers to our home. The day was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to share learning and ideas with our peers. I'm proud that The REP could play a part in supporting fundraising for arts and culture in our region.