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Mentoring

Strategic Digital Mentoring Programme

Are you a senior cultural leader who wants to build digital capacity in your organisation?

The Space, supported by Arts Council England, is launching a new strategic mentoring programme designed to help cultural organisations identify where and how to embed digital as part of their core audience development and creative strategies.

The scheme will offer tailored advice over an extended timeframe and focus on developing organisational strategy and long-term objectives around digital content creation, distribution and audience development.

Offering a number of team mentoring sessions with a specialist digital mentor, the programme also includes a reflection and next steps workshop, plus tailored online resources to help you address your digital challenges, test new ideas, and think more strategically about digital across the organisation.

To Apply

Organisations can apply online to be part of this programme through an open process.

Deadline for applications is: 12pm midday, Thursday 17 January 2019

If you have any queries about the process or require additional assistance with your application, please email mentoring@thespace.org or call 0121 643 1488.

Purpose

The mentoring scheme will support arts and cultural organisations to build strategic digital capacity and identify longer term digital objectives. It offers access to a range of high-level digital expertise and tailored support, specific to your organisation’s practical needs.

Eligibility

The programme is open to teams in arts and cultural organisations, including libraries and museums, across England. This application round is for mentoring to take place between February 2019 and the end of November 2019.

In order to be eligible, organisations will need to provide a minimum of two people to be mentored, one of whom must be a senior leader in a position to make strategic change across the organisation. Other mentees could include board members, artistic project leads, production team members, supporting consultants, or fellow senior leaders.

The application form will ask you to demonstrate your organisation’s strategic need for the support and outline who will be involved and how you will identify and measure success.

Participants should ensure that they can devote sufficient time to the programme in order to respond to the mentoring, share learnings across their organisation and take part in the programme’s reporting and evaluation process.

Benefits for your organisation

• Build capacity in your organisation around digital content creation, distribution and audience development 
• Integrate digital into your organisation’s wider strategy
• Set realistic objectives and ways of evaluating digital success
• Form effective partnerships for delivery and manage internal expectations/milestones

• Identify skills and talent within your organisation in order to nurture staff and embed learning

• Connect with digital providers

Anticipating that you may have some questions about the programme and the way in which it will work, we have prepared some frequently asked questions.