5 March 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 18

Ciara McCafferty, Prime Cut Productions

So January at Prime Cut went by in a blur of funding applications. There was no rest for the wicked, as the moment we were back in the office from our well-deserved Christmas break there were deadlines already looming. 

February has brought many exciting developments. Firstly, I have been working on my first major solo funding application for Prime Cut. I was tasked with finding a source of three year funding for the salary of our Outreach Manager, Matt. To begin with I complied a shortlist of foundations and trusts from the database of funders I had composed before Christmas. As this application is for three year funding it meant updating Prime Cut’s three-year strategic plan. The opportunity to be involved in these discussions regarding the future of Prime Cut with Artistic Director Emma and General Manager Una was incredible. 

From my shortlist I choose one trust that I thought best suited our requirements. I have been diligently working on the application, constantly drafting and re-writing, receiving hints and tips along the way from Una, Prime Cut’s funding guru. This week has been finalising a few finer details so fingers crossed it will be away by Monday, wish me luck! 

February also brought the highlight of the Belfast arts social calendar, the annual Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards. Held in the iconic Ulster Hall in Belfast we had a great night toasting a number of the wonderful partnerships between arts organisations and businesses in Northern Ireland. It was inspiring hearing the stories behind so many innovative and successful projects.  This was also a chance to test out the networking skills that we have been learning about in the Arts & Business NI master classes and workshops. For me the highlight of the evening had to be the finale, an unbelievable performance by DU Dance (NI) which, with a cast of young people, saw a fusion of singing, dancing and BMX-ing. I had been wondering the whole way through the awards if the half pipe at the bottom of the stage had been left there by accident… 

Finally, the past few weeks has also brought my first meeting with my business mentor, the wonderful Kate Keys, Marketing Manager of the Burnavon, Cookstown. I was incredibly excited to meet Kate as reading through her previous experience it was a match made in heaven. Kate has an extremely varied background, which includes; marketing, business development, chairing boards and small business start up. She has knowledge of so many varied areas all of which I am interested to widen my learning in. Having the chance to learn from a mentor, such as Kate, really is the icing on the cake for this internship programme. For me, having the opportunity to talk to someone from a business perspective and ask advice about my emerging company really is a valuable resource. 

The last couple of months have been hectic but they are only going to continue in the same fashion for us in the Prime Cut office. Coming up we are really excited to start production on our ‘Chilean Trilogy’. Three plays about Chile that will be taking over The MAC in May/June. Watch this space. 

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