Arts & Business is to hold two ‘Dragons Den’ style events called “Art of the Pitch” to promote the Scottish Government-funded CashBack for Communities grant scheme. The matching grant scheme is aimed at encouraging business sponsorship of arts activities to help divert young people from becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.
The funding comes from the CashBack for Communities initiative which uses money seized from criminals to provide free activities for 10-19 year olds throughout Scotland.
The first Arts & Business event will be held at the City Halls, Glasgow on 1 December and the second in Aberdeen in early 2009.
At the Glasgow event three businesses, Elphinstone, ScottishPower and Standard Life, will each be represented by a ‘dragon’ with a sponsorship budget of £7,500 to spend. Six shortlisted arts organisations will make a five-minute sponsorship pitch on an arts project which meets the aims and eligibility criteria of the CashBack for Communities scheme. The organisers will allow any medium for the presentation except Powerpoint.
If a project is chosen by a Dragon their £7,500 business investment will be matched by a £7,500 CashBack for Communities grant bringing a total of £15,000 worth of sponsorship to the arts project.
Barclay Price, Director of Arts & Business Scotland said: “We are encouraging arts organisations to use their creativity and to do something different with their sponsorship pitch. It will be an enjoyable and informative evening for everyone involved.”
The deadline for applications is 1 October 2008.