XpoNorth heads south

One-day event is aimed at help­ing busi­nesses in the cre­ative in­dus­tries

Campbeltown Courier - - ARGYLL ENTERPRISE WEEK -

Cre­ative in­dus­tries is one of the fastest-grow­ing sec­tors in Ar­gyll and Bute. All year round, the XpoNorth net­work sup­ports peo­ple across the High­lands and Is­lands to achieve their goals in the fields of screen, broad­cast, gam­ing, writ­ing, pub­lish­ing, de­sign, craft, fash­ion, tex­tiles and mu­sic. XpoNorth, Scot­land’s lead­ing Cre­ative In­dus­tries fes­ti­val and net­work, is bring­ing a packed day of pan­els, pre­sen­ta­tions and chat look­ing at how to make a suc­cess of your cre­ative ca­reer to Dunoon, on Novem­ber 9, as part of Ar­gyll En­ter­prise Week. This one-day ver­sion of XpoNorth of­fers the chance to meet a range of in­dus­try spe­cial­ists, look at a range of challenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties and to put your own ques­tions for­ward. All free, the ses­sions are open to any level of ex­pe­ri­ence. While the dif­fer­ent ses­sions avail­able are aimed at spe­cific parts of the cre­ative in­dus­tries, the con­tent of the ses­sions is still very rel­e­vant to any­one re­gard­less of what your cre­ative pas­sion is – crowd­fund­ing, look­ing at the challenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of a ru­ral base, li­cens­ing con­tent amongst oth­ers. All ses­sions can be booked in­di­vid­u­ally, or en­thu­si­asts can book for the day. In the first ses­sion, Meet the Cre­ative Or­gan­i­sa­tions, hear from rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a broad cross-reach of re­gional and na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions on how del­e­gates can ac­cess the sup­port to bring cre­ative ideas to life, se­cure fund­ing to de­velop the busi­ness and gain a valu­able in­sight into cur­rent pro­grammes which of­fer sup­port to de­velop projects

and in­no­vate the busi­ness model. This will be fol­lowed by Spot­light on Re­mote Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Cre­ative In­dus­tries. Learn how live stream­ing and in­creas­ingly im­mer­sive tech­nolo­gies can help you con­nect with au­di­ences and col­lab­o­ra­tors wher­ever they are. Dou­gal Per­man, from In­ner Ear, will lead an in­ter­ac­tive sem­i­nar for in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who want to learn about the im­pact these tech­nolo­gies can have on their busi­nesses and projects. The af­ter­noon ses­sions will kick off with an in­ter­ac­tive look at artists and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in to­day’s mu­sic in­dus­try and will bring to­gether a range of per­spec­tives from across the mu­sic in­dus­try to dis­cuss the cur­rent in­dus­try land­scape and of­fer prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to de­velop your mu­sic busi­ness. This ses­sion will be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to both artists and mu­sic busi­nesses at all stages of their de­vel­op­ment. This will be fol­lowed by a look at TV tal­ent de­vel­op­ment to find out more about schemes that could fast for­ward a ca­reer in TV. Crowd­fund­ing is an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar source of fund­ing for many in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions and it is a process which can de­liver much more than money. But, this ap­proach is nei­ther sim­ple nor easy to mas­ter. More peo­ple recog­nise ‘crowd as­sets’ as rich sources of in­no­va­tion and value and so we need to look at new ways of work­ing and learn new skills in or­der to thrive in the crowd econ­omy. Draw­ing on prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples and the the­o­ries of the crowd econ­omy, Tim Wright of­fers an ac­ces­si­ble and easy to un­der­stand un­pack­ing of the value avail­able and the skills needed to suc­ceed. The day will be wrapped up with a look at the work of XpoNorth in gen­eral and why it is rel­e­vant to those work­ing in the cre­ative in­dus­tries. More in­for­ma­tion, and book­ing de­tails, can be found at https://aew2017-xponorthon­theroad.eventbrite.co.uk

Last year’s cre­ative work­shops and ses­sions were well at­tended.

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