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How can digital support resilience and sustainability?

24 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

If there has been one message in this series, it is this: digital is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end. Digital can have many different benefits for arts organisations, including increasing audience engagement and facilitating the creation of new kinds of artistic works. One important impact is to drive the development of new business models, necessary in an environment of budget ...


How can we make new stuff stick?

24 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Procuring a piece of technology – or even paying for it – is often the easiest part of the journey. We’ve found that technological innovation today often reverses the old 80/20 rule – meaning that the cost of a project is 20% technology and 80% organisational change. As Jane Finnis, CEO of Culture24, comments: “Digital is a signifier of the bigger changes that organisations need to make. The n...


How to choose the right digital technologies

22 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

We need QR codes.We need an app.We need VR. ...but do you, really? With a vast range of new technologies grabbing the headlines, it’s easy to think that you need to keep up by adopting the latest trend. Many arts organisations have a story about a board member or member of the senior management team suddenly deciding that QR codes are the latest thing in digital (may they rest in peace!). ...


Where can you find inspiration and support for digital transformation?

21 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

If you’re working in a publicly funded arts organisation, it’s natural to look to the rest of the publicly funded arts sector for inspiration. Your contacts and networks are there, as are your closest direct comparators and competitors. Your fellow arts organisations have a similar culture and face similar demands, pressures and funding requirements. Yet an exclusive focus on the arts sect...


Join us - find out how to take GDPR from risk to opportunity

17 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) keeping you up at night? Join Golant Media Ventures and Digital Catapult for an afternoon workshop to develop a practical vision-driven roadmap to prepare for May 2018 – and learn how you can benefit from GDPR. Coming into force in May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation is a response to fundamental changes in the personal data lands...


What's the point of investing in digital technology?

16 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Why spend money on technology when you could be spending money on art and artists? This is a recurring question – asked by artists, board members and senior management alike. Many arts organisations see ‘digital’ or ‘technology’ as a separate strand of work, something that distracts from their artistic and public value mission, rather than being integral to them. This is a mistake. In isolati...


Innovation through digital technologies – the challenge for culture

14 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Organisations in the publicly funded arts, culture and heritage sector need to innovate. They are facing both funding cuts and heightened standards from funders. Audiences are bringing new expectations in terms of how they connect with arts organisations and the experiences and content they produce – through social change which is, in part, driven by technological change. These factors bring n...


‘What you really, really want’: media and entertainment companies in the age of the second paradigm shift

2 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

The tools created by the digital age are now enabling a second paradigm shift – to a world where ordinary people are able to control their personal data and gain value from it themselves. In a previous post I examined the implications for arts organisations. In this post I will discuss the impact of this paradigm shift on media and entertainment companies. ‘Big data’ has already had a big i...


Welcoming our new digital and content strategist

23 July 2017, Patrick Towell

We’re delighted that Richard Leeming is joining the Golant Media Ventures team as a Digital and Content strategist. He’ll help our clients work how to use their amazing assets to tell the stories that their audiences want to hear. One of the important things that Richard learned from his early career as a journalist is that the story always starts with the audience. It’s the same in digita...


KIWI – an open source CRM for the cultural sector

6 June 2017, John Denton

Innovation agency Golant Media Ventures has worked with contemporary arts support organisation Artsadmin to create a ‘culture edition’ of an open source CRM solution. Our starting point was to look at what kinds of data are important to cultural organisations. We created a model that reflects the diverse array of people beyond ticket-buying audiences – and the wide range of ‘stuff’ that a c...


New funding for human-centred design

26 May 2017, John Denton

From the number of news stories on British designers, you might think that we all understand the importance of design. But a recent Innovate UK report states that 68% of businesses never, or rarely, use design. If it is used, it is to make something look good rather to create better services or products. The Innovate UK report reiterates that they “see the greatest value potential in design [w...


The experience of art and entertainment

22 May 2017, Patrick Towell

…or why art & entertainment are not just about their authors and their works (with apologies to Susan Sontag) Each person’s experience of a ‘piece of art’ or ‘entertainment product’ is different, as it is subjective. Our experience is made up of our feelings – physical sensation as well as emotions – and more conceptual reactions which we may perceive as thoughts or which perhaps may...


ACE as development agency – with digital a key focus

15 May 2017, Mandy Berry

In the Tailored Review of Arts Council England, published on 25th April, DCMS recommends that its role and functions as a development agency should be defined, “provid[ing] a framework for its priority setting and decision making that will complement and strengthen its ten year strategic framework.” This offers opportunities for Arts Council England to look beyond current investment and fund...


iBeholder: A new way to understand un-ticketed audiences

15 May 2017, Patrick Towell

iBeholder is an online platform that enables non-ticketed arts, culture, heritage and entertainment venues and events to capture data about their audiences.  It has been developed by g39 in Cardiff, with the support of NESTA’s Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales – and with our collaboration on business modelling, design and technology.  To date, we have taken iBehold...


Learning to speak the same language at the Royal Opera House

8 May 2017, Sophia Woodley

The Royal Opera House is one of the biggest arts organisations in the UK, employing over a thousand staff in addition to thousands of freelancers. And it is deeply immersed in the riotously international and multilingual worlds of ballet and opera, where a singer and a répétiteur might rehearse an aria from an opera seria in preparation for the first sitzprobe. It’s no wonder that they understa...


What does digital innovation mean to you?

13 April 2017, John Denton

Our view of innovation is based on many years of experience helping arts organisations to embrace it. Innovation is often dryly defined as “the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.” For those of us in the arts or creative industries, this is something we are constantly doing – creating work that we hope people w...


From BBC Red Button to GMV digital transformation lead

6 April 2017,

We are excited to welcome John Denton to the Golant Media Ventures team. He will bring his fifteen years of experience leading innovative projects to help our clients and partners use digital to create opportunities and deliver value. An early digital convert, he has focused on helping organisations harness and implement ‘digital’ through successful change programmes. He has worked with many...


How can arts organisations adopt digital technology?

22 March 2017, Sophia Woodley

How can arts organisations adopt and make use of new digital technologies – and transform their business models as a result? Innovation is more important than ever for the arts sector, which is facing both budget cuts and heightened expectations from funders. But this is not just a matter of tightening budgets – the march of technological progress means that audiences are bringing new expectat...


New competition for digital innovation funding

14 March 2017, Sophia Woodley

Do you have an innovative digital project in need of funding? Innovate UK, in the second round of its ‘Emerging and Enabling Technologies’ competition, is targeting some of the most cutting-edge themes in digital, including ‘big data’ and virtual or augmented reality. It is also specifically targeting the creative economy, with funding available for: “enabling higher-quality, faster and...


Exploring digital innovation in Wales and beyond

8 March 2017, Sophia Woodley

What’s the point of investing in digital technology?  Where can we find inspiration and support? What kinds of digital technology should we be considering?  How can we make new stuff stick? How can digital help our resilience and sustainability?  Innovation is now more important than ever for the publicly-funded arts sector. This is why we’re delighted to work wi...