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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...


Cinegi Arts&Film launched

30 January 2017, Mandy Berry

Cinegi, GMV’s spinout digital film distribution company, has launched its Arts&Film service making theatre, music, ballet, dance and opera available to all kinds of venues across the UK. Arts Council England is supporting Cinegi Arts&Film as an action research project to test how such ‘alternative’ distribution can bring such content to new and wider audiences as a shared experience in ...


Turning your images (and their data) into a valuable asset.

24 November 2016, Elizabeth Cochrane

The Royal Opera House is a particularly complex organisation. It is the home for two orchestras and a ballet company, and the company's iconic London venue is in itself a major project to run! Its shows are by their nature huge, and they are recorded and documented in numerous ways - so that productions can be toured, or put on repeatedly, so that audiences can see them in cinema broadcast as w...


Project KIWI: the power of information

31 October 2016, Elizabeth Cochrane

Turning relationships and activities into powerful, actionable information Having spent several months envisaging a data strategy for its organisation, Artsadmin is now working to map this vision onto the real world to meet its priorities. With the support of innovation agency Golant Media Ventures (GMV), and funded by Arts Council England, it is creating a system that will link up the inf...


Cinegi Arts&Film

12 October 2016, Mandy Berry

GMV’s spinout company Cinegi Media has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England to test how a digital distribution service can bring arts and cultural content, alongside BFI programming, to new and wider audiences as a shared experience in non-traditional venues and in places offering limited arts infrastructure and engagement. Cinegi Arts&Film will be a public benefit version of the C...


Madonna, blue, death and taxes: solving the data problem haunting the arts

3 October 2016, Katherine Reid and Sophia Woodley

Arts organisations have increasingly recognised the power of data – understanding their audiences can help deepen relationships, make the case for impact, and even earn more revenue. But those who work with non-ticketed audiences face a particularly pressing issue: the lack of good methods, apart from ticket sales, for gathering audience data. Over a year ago, Chris Brown – the co-founder of g...


The power of stories – a different kind of knowing

16 August 2016, Patrick Towell

Two of the purposes of GMV, our company, are: "To help people understand more about themselves, other people and the world” “To engage people through authentic and compelling narratives”. Storytelling is perhaps as old as society, helping people to make sense of the world: particularly to understand their place in it in terms of the community or communities to which they belong and recog...


New funding competition announced

6 July 2016, Mandy Berry

Innovate UK Open Funding Competition - £15m Open to any sector, businesses of any size, alone or in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector). For the best business-led ideas or concepts that: demonstrate innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services articulate a clear and anticipated growth impact for the business(s) leading to a significa...


GMV to work with Artsadmin on their Arts Council England small capital project

29 February 2016, Sophia Woodley

Congratulations to Artsadmin – and to the other thirty-eight recipients – on winning a small capital grant from Arts Council England! Artsadmin will receive £125,000 to turn its existing data into a key strategic asset, from which it can improve its own performance and help build capacity within the sector. It selected Golant Media Ventures to serve as a digital advisor and data specialist to ...


April deadline approaching for EU innovation funding

3 February 2016, Sophia Woodley

April is on the way soon – and with it, on 12 April, deadlines for some very interesting Horizon 2020 calls... ICT-21-2016: Support technology transfer to the creative industries  ‘Actions should support creative industries SMEs in leveraging emerging ICT technologies for the development of innovative products, tools, applications and services with high commercial potential.’  ...


Getting value from data: the second paradigm shift

3 February 2016, Sophia Woodley

Last December I was lucky enough to attend a conference put on by Ctrl-Shift, on the theme of the personal information economy and growth through trust. Since then I’ve been musing on what I heard. There is a paradigm shift underway when it comes to data – the second of the digital age. The first shift, enabled by digital technologies, led to companies being able to exploit and generate value ...