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Announcing our final investments in the arts and culture

Drawing to a close our 3-year mission to seek out opportunities for social investment in arts and culture, today we’re pleased to announce the final cohort of Arts Impact Fund investees.  Across these six enterprising organisations, over £2m will go towards developing new arts spaces, scaling up promising business models and strengthening place-based cultural identities. … Continued

Three events from the Arts Impact Fund calendar

Although the Arts Impact Fund is now fully deployed and we are about to announce our last cohort of investments, the Fund team is still actively connecting with peers in the arts and culture and social investment sectors. In today’s blog, we would like to share with you some of our favourite events from the … Continued

Second year insights: how impactful are we?

With our initial two-year investment period coming to an end, we have begun to think more about how to articulate the impact our investees have made to our stakeholders; this is part of our ongoing efforts to make the case for impact investment in arts and culture more compelling. We have talked about the different … Continued

Impact Management Canvas: a tool for arts and cultural organisations

Many arts and cultural organisations do work of enormous social value but are not fully equipped to evaluate their impact or communicate it, either internally or externally to their stakeholders. As part of our mandate to improve the impact evidence base for arts and cultural organisations, we are excited to share with you a new … Continued

Second year insights: financial resilience

Over the last two years, the Arts Impact Fund portfolio has grown to 16 organisations, which will use investment from us to achieve a wide range of social outcomes – from helping young people to develop creative writing skills to reducing falls amongst the over 65s. However, the Arts Impact Fund also has a mandate … Continued

Second year insights: tips for securing social investment

Last month we shared with you facts and figures from our second year of running the Arts Impact Fund. In this blog, we address the extent to which arts and cultural organisations have become more familiar with repayable finance and understand the requirements and processes involved in taking on investment (one of the outcomes outlined in our Theory … Continued

Second year insights: facts and figures

It’s been just over a year since our Insights from the first year paper was published, which highlighted our activities and lessons since the Arts Impact Fund opened for applications in June 2015. With two years of enquiries, applications, investments and repayments now behind us, over a series of four blogs the team is looking at what this means … Continued

Announcing our third round of investments!

Today we’re pleased to announce eight new additions to the Arts Impact Fund portfolio, who will share £2.4m of social investment. We’ve also written up detailed case studies on each investment – click the organisation name to go to the case study. The new investees are: Birmingham Royal Ballet (£215,000) –  to help diversify income streams, … Continued

Opportunity to work with us

We are excited to be looking for a partner to work with on estimating the size of the potential market for repayable finance in arts and culture. In June 2015, the Arts Impact Fund, operated by Nesta, was launched in partnership with Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with … Continued

What’s new at the Arts Impact Fund

It has been a busy few months for the Arts Impact Fund team and we are now pleased to confirm that we will be holding a further investment decision-making session with our committee at the end of September. Ahead of the meeting, we would love to hear from arts and culture organisations interested in taking … Continued

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