The producing course was a brilliant opportunity to connect with emerging producers across the region and to travel to venues in the region that I hadn’t visited before. The course content was incredibly informative, with each session focusing on a different element of the role of a producer – this helped me immensely to segment my practice and identify areas I needed more training in.
Chris and George were so generous in sharing their experiences in the industry, the company’s growth, successes and failures; it was this personal touch which made the course very accessible and no aspect of producing seem unachievable or too scary. Prior to the course I was not very ambitious with my budgeting and fundraising, but I feel as though moving forward I have more confidence in approaching trusts and foundations and speaking about my work and interests. I feel better equipped to up-scale the projects I produce and support artists to produce projects, and more knowledgeable about tour booking – looking at venues and making choices on suitability for the work. I also feel more confident in working as an arts leader and hope to develop further leadership skills.
Prior to the programme, I had said that producing felt very lonely in the region but through the course I feel as though I have a network I can speak to about new projects and any issues which arise, or to bounce ideas off. I also feel supported by Papatango, and as though they would provide support in the future if we had any big ideas we wanted to share. Taking part in the course has really given me the confidence to own the title of Producer.