Money makes the world go around

Money makes the world go around
The world go around
The world go around
Money makes the world go around
It makes the world go ’round.

Sadly, last week we discovered we didn’t receive the Arts Council Funding we applied for. Despite an application assessed as strong throughout, and a strong recommendation to fund our project (with particular praise for our innovation, our company structure and our finance planning), it seems there just wasn’t enough to go around. The decision is bittersweet; to find out there was nothing we could’ve done to strengthen our application and improve our chances was tough to hear. There simply are too little resources to fund everything, which is indicative of the climate as a whole right now, and I’m sure we share our disappointment with many other worthy projects.

A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound
A buck or a pound
A buck or a pound
Is all that makes the world go around,
That clinking clanking sound
Can make the world go ’round.

So – where do we go from here? Well, we apply again! But with a 3 month turnaround on decisions over 10k, we’ve decided to put a corporate funding plan in place, and apply for a smaller amount which can be assessed in a shorter period. This means it’s all hands on deck as we look into other avenues to raise funds – we’re launching our schools work, with the help of the newly assembled Baz-Ed team, and have used the lessons learnt from the showing in April to reassess our budget.

Money money money money money money
Money money money money money money
Money money money money money money
Money money

Mainly, though, we need to find lovely companies and individuals willing to invest in the arts.

This is easier said than done – large corporate companies are notorious to infiltrate, so we’d like to ask you a favour and give us a helping hand in the following ways…

  • If you work in a company that may be interested in arts investment, please let us know who we should contact.
  • If your company has a team that deals with corporate responsibility, please could you let us know. We’d love to drop them a line and see if our work and ethos would sit nicely with theirs.
  • If you have a friend/brother/mother/cousin who works in this sort of area, we’d love to speak with them and pick their brains, please let us know.
  • If you yourself, or a lovely friend/brother/mother/cousin/fairy godmother likes giving and helping people achieve their potential and has an interest in the arts, please let us know.

With only 4 months to go, we need to act fast.

Marks … set … go!

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