Since its launch in September 2019, the Cultural Enterprises Academy has continued to grow and provide essential learning opportunities for our members. We have seen a great boost in the numbers of people signing up and engaging with our podcasts, blogs and courses.

At the core of the Academy is a series of structured courses, created by industry experts which encourage flexible learning – so you can watch at your own pace, on multiple devices in a location to suit you. If you haven’t already, now might be a good time for you and your colleagues to take a look at what’s on offer? Why not refresh your knowledge of finance and retail essentials, think about improving your visitor experience offer or even discover how to set up your own licensing programme?

Your Academy Needs You!

We are always keen to support our members, and now more so than ever. Are you an expert in your field and think you could write and deliver a course for us? 

After listening to what users have told us, we are particularly interested in recruiting subject matter experts to create courses in the following subject areas:

  • Sustainability and Good Environmental Practice
  • Catering for Cultural Institutions
  • PR, Brand & Storytelling
  • Any other course ideas you may have and feel would benefit our users!

What’s involved?

Pitch us an idea by Friday 1st May 2020. There’s no form for this, it just needs to be an email to our Academy Manager, Lucy Rees-Harris on which outlines:

  • What your course would cover (for example ‘How to get the best from outsourced catering’) with a brief outline of the course structure – you can see an example structure on any of our existing course pages.
  • What would learners take away from your course? Why would it be useful to people working in Cultural Enterprises?
  • What makes you an expert in this subject area?

Secondly – if commissioned, you’ll be asked to produce a script of 10,000 words or more and an accompanying PowerPoint. We’ll provide you with advice on how to write a script for an online course, and we’ll work with you to fine-tune the finished product. You can see an example course by registering for one of the free courses already live.

We pay contributors for scripts and presenting – fees are available on request.

What if I have an idea for a different subject area?

We’d love to hear from you – get in touch.

Who can put forward proposals?

We welcome proposals from anyone with expertise relevant to those working in the cultural enterprises sector, primarily in the UK but also Europe, the Middle East, or Australasia. 

We also welcome proposals from professional suppliers – with an important caveat. The Cultural Enterprises Academy is a valuable educational resource. If you are willing to generously share your expertise with the sector, we will be happy to work with you to co-brand a course, but we will not (ever!) publish a course which is intended to be an advert for your business.

Production schedules

In our current situation, we are unable to film courses in our North East studio. However, we are still encouraging experts to write and produce scripts so that we can film content as soon as possible. We are also exploring ways to produce content from your own home, so don’t let location be a barrier to your ideas! We would like experts to be able to complete scripts and PowerPoint presentations by September 2020.

Lucy Rees-Harris
By Lucy Rees-Harris
Lucy was previously Head of Development and Communications at the Menier Chocolate Factory theatre in London. She works freelance as a Producer and Consultant in the arts and is currently Programme Manager of the Cultural Enterprises Academy.
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