Business models in performing arts organisations

International Workshop

Business model innovation

18 March 2019 | Apply now! | The workshop is free, working language is english!

Workshop program


Facilitator Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald is an artist, activist and a well-experienced cultural manager & consultant. Former founder and director of City Arts Centre in Dublin and a current partner in Olivearte Culture Agency.


Drawing on the insights from the EU Creative Europe Creative Lenses project, the aim of the workshop is for participants to learn about and reflect on the key concepts, relevance, issues and practical applications, associated with business models and their innovation in performing arts organisations and cultural venues.

What will you learn?

The concept of business models and their innovation, its relevance to and application in the arts/cultural sector
How others have made changes to their organisation models and activities
How to define what sustainability means for your organisation
Why some people fail and others succeed
A holistic approach to development, making a change and being sustainable How to start the process of developing and making effective change

Who are the Workshops for?

The workshop is primarily aimed at arts and cultural professionals with at least 3 years’ experience who are currently working in the performing arts and cultural venues
It could also be of interest to policymakers and funders.

Unfortunately, students, as well as cultural professionals working with visual arts, are not eligible.

Benchmarking System Data

Participants will be asked to insert their organisations’ data into Creative Lenses Benchmarking System — (under development)— prior to attending their workshop.

Method of Delivery

The workshop will be delivered through theory, presentations, practice case studies, videos, practical group work/exercise, personal reflection, ideas.