18 November 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 9

Nathan McCarthy, Sherman Theatre  

Since my last post I have been assigned a Business Mentor by Arts & Business Cymru. I have already met with my mentor several times, accompanying her to an event at Cardiff Business Club, where I got the opportunity to see how local businesses meet and network, and have visited her offices at Legal & General where they held an event for Wales Action Week. It is an event to dispel any myths around who can be at risk of homelessness, the contributing factors and the importance of employers understanding some of the housing difficulties employees could be facing.

In the office I have been doing some comparable research, looking specifically at individual giving and membership schemes. We are looking at developing our own membership scheme at Sherman Theatre and want to identify ways we can offer a unique, ‘money can’t buy’ experience for potential members. As a first point of research, we have been looking at what other organisations have to offer. Last week, I visited Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol with my manager, Emma. They have a very successful membership scheme and we talked to their Fundraising Manager about how they cultivate support from their members.

I have also been working on writing cases for support, focusing on Killology, our upcoming co-production with the Royal Court Theatre, and some other exciting productions that will form part of our artistic programme in 2017. In the run up to Christmas I will be helping to co-ordinate our Christmas Schools Appeal, which has already attracted support from local organisations, and will be helping to organise the office filing and database systems, having just received training how to use Patronbase.

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