Inside out, Outside in – a comment from Alan Freeman

Sound policies are based on sound evidence, and nowhere is its definition, procurement and interpretation more complex than in the field of Culture, where the benefits of a good decision are outweighed only by the risks of making a bad one. Sarah Thelwall’s ‘Inside-out’ methodology aims to unpack the ways in which financial data is aggregated, Read the full article…

How do you look at your data – Inside out, or outside in?

Data that makes you go hmmm? Here at MyCake we spend our days developing tools and services to help non-profit organisations make data and evidence informed decisions. In particular we specialise in making financial data (both yours and others) easier  to bring into conversations about: Future strategy Your business model Opportunities for growth and development What your risks Read the full article…

Success Guide to Lettings

It’s not always easy for community businesses to get their hands on the kind of detailed financial data that helps build a business case, and get an important local service up and running. Unlike businesses in the private sector, local groups often only have minimal access to information, advice and inaccurate financial data on income generation to support their planning and goal setting. Read the full article…

Be nice to your space!

Community Guide to Room Hire;  Power to Change / MyCake

Have you got space in your community centre?   Do you use it all?  Or is there a room at the back, maybe a little damp (’cause you don’t keep the heater on) that’s sitting there, lonely, with no one to play in it? Just a little sad round the edges, and slighly neglected with perhaps Read the full article…

Creative Lenses Forum will explore innovative business models in the arts

Creative Lenses Forum Innovative business models in the arts 13/10/16 University of the Arts London

Times of austerity can foster great art, but have the past few years led to innovation in the business models that support it? A forthcoming event at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London will look at exactly that question by exploring business model innovation of independent arts venues and performing arts organisations. Read the full article…

How to support craft in the UK: new report published

Mixture Matters

‘Mixture Matters’ report reveals challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. Catalyst Craft Consortium publish ‘Mixture Matters’ report by MyCake founder Sarah Thelwall. A consortium of five nationally acclaimed organisations have commissioned a report to investigate the challenges and opportunities in the business models of contemporary craft development organisations. The Read the full article…

Are Yorkshire’s Arts Funding models fit for the future?

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In this this datacast Sarah Thelwall and Anamaria Wills, CEO of CidaCo the specialist training and consultancy company working in the cultural sector and beyond, discuss arts data from the region of Yorkshire and Humber (we were sitting in Leeds when we recorded this). This is using the ACE NPO data dashboard tool designed by Read the full article…

Cultural Trends Journal: read Sarah’s article from the latest edition

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Sarah Thelwall the MyCake founder has written a detailed article in the current issue of the Cultural Trends Journal. The article is: Benchmarking non-profit arts organisation business models: what it reveals about innovation in the face of austerity   The article is essential reading to anyone in the arts sector interested in how arts organisations Read the full article…

MyCake’s ACE NPO 2011-12 Data Dashboard: Leo Sharrock of The Audience Agency

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Leo Sharrock, Head of Data Strategy, at The Audience Agency focuses on helping arts organisations gain insight from their audience data. We invited Leo to take a look at the ACE NPO data dashboard tool designed by MyCake, to allow quick and easy analysis of the 2011-2012 Arts Council England data compiled by National Portfolio Read the full article…

Blast Theory – Part 2 – Interview with Matt Adams

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In the second part of our interview with Matt Adams, of internationally acclaimed artists’ group Blast Theory, we chatted to Matt about ratios of grant funding to earned income within the organisation. “We spend much more time and energy now on how we survive than we did 3 years ago or even six years ago“ Read the full article…