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Funding questions answered at Show Us Your Money talk

Tec Hub was the venue for an inspirational and informative advice panel on creative industries funding last night, organised by the Digital Arts Programme Eastleigh.

Hosted by Alan Wright, Executive Director at The Point theatre, speakers included Nona Hunter from Arts Council England, crowd finance expert and author Chris Buckingham, business growth advisor Anne Dawson of Southern Entrepreneurs, and Head of Business Lending Programmes at Creative United, Sarah Thirtle.

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From left to right: Anne Dawson, Alan Wright, Nona Hunter, Chris Buckingham and Sarah Thirtle

The free event also featured a Q&A session, where questions from the audience covered topics such as how to engage students, geographic ring-fencing of money and avoiding the pitfalls in potential funding applications.

In attendance were associates of the Digital Arts Programme Eastleigh and artists from The Sorting Office, both of which are managed by Eastleigh Borough Council’s Culture Unit, as well as small business owners and members of the region’s creative network.

A key issue raised was the need for artists and creatives to work together and meet regularly, not only to be aware of possible avenues for funding but to foster a spirit of collaboration and generate a thriving creative community.

Speaking at the event, Alan Wright said:

It’s so important to interact with your peer group, as no matter your background or your discipline, your experiences will be similar.

“This is why we are launching our Creative Conversations evening at The Point café bar, which will set up this opportunity for artists, makers and creatives in the Eastleigh area.”

For videos from the event, please check our YouTube channel, and click here to see the rest of our busy events calendar for this year.

See below for a selection of tweets from the evening:

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