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Open call to engage with Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry from Culture Central

Today, Gary Topp, Director of Culture Central, Birmingham, is calling on arts organisations, practitioners and agencies to engage actively with the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry. As a member of the steering committee for the Enquiry - which is thought to be the first of its kind, it will explore new technical approaches to cultural investment in the city, looking at potential partners and business models and across diverse sectors, including the arts, business, education, charitable and public sector. An initial discussion meeting, open to all interested parties will take place at the CBSO Centre, Berkeley Street on Thursday 26 May, 2-5pm.

The Enquiry comes at a time of new challenges for Birmingham’s cultural sector and that of the public sector. With the major cultural institutions having a combined turnover of over £100 million, the creative industries sector employing almost 55,000 people; and the devolved powers of the public sector, coupled with reduced budgets, it’s a vital opportunity to step outside of previous old behaviours to create new and improved partnerships and investment models. Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry is recognition that in order to move forward successfully, diverse approaches and radical behaviours will need to be considered.

Gary Topp, Director, Culture Central said: ‘Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry is a vital opportunity to bring together the extraordinary levels of commercial acumen and entrepreneurship now embedded in the sector. With the new and emerging freedoms and powers of local government it has the ability to create a new way of delivering and developing cultural investment in the city. While this comes at a time of reduced funding for many in the creative and cultural sector, it has precipitated a period of determination, ingenuity and re-invention, focused by strong leadership, which in turn has seen a level of increased earned income across many arts organisations. I hope the sector will actively engage with the Enquiry in order to achieve significant change and development in the future.’

The first phase of the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry takes place over three months, until June 2016. The private, public, cultural and wider third sector are encouraged to play an active role. To attend the meeting on 26 May book online via Eventbrite here. Further information be found by visiting www.birminghamculture.org

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Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry is a vital opportunity to bring together the extraordinary levels of commercial acumen and entrepreneurship now embedded in the sector. With the new and emerging freedoms and powers of local government it has the ability to create a new way of delivering and developing cultural investment in the city. While this comes at a time of reduced funding for many in the creative and cultural sector, it has precipitated a period of determination, ingenuity and re-invention, focused by strong leadership, which in turn has seen a level of increased earned income across many arts organisations. I hope the sector will actively engage with the Enquiry in order to achieve significant change and development in the future."

Gary Topp, Director, Culture Central