Monday, 10 December 2012

those New Business Models in development

The joining-up of neoliberal strategies currently going ahead at local and national levels:
Invitation to Tender - Report into Microfinance Scheme for the Creative Sector in the Scottish Borders
http://opportunities.creativescotland.com/view.aspx?id=24b86f24-103f-43ad-ab49-94180abca7c2
Such functions for Creative Scotland were legislated for in the Bill - a notable reason why we opposed it, having seen what loans looked like elsewhere in Europe:
Section 2 – General functions of Creative Scotland
10.    The functions in paragraph (b) of subsection (1) task Creative Scotland with nurturing the highest standards in the arts and culture in Scotland. It might do this by selecting particular individuals or organisations whose practice they believe merits encouragement and advice, or financial support in the form of grants or loans (see also section 4(4)).

Section 4 – Grants and loans
20.    Creative Scotland may make grants and loans to creative practitioners and other persons where the grant or loan relates to Creative Scotland’s functions (which may be subject to such terms and conditions as Creative Scotland think fit) (see subsections (4) and (5)).
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S3_Bills/Creative%20Scotland%20Bill/b7s3-introd.pdf
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S3_Bills/Creative%20Scotland%20Bill/b7s3-introd-en.pdf


We outlined our concerns regardling loans and other forms of debt and IPR exploitation in 2008 in the artists' briefing paper and at a conference in 2010 in conjunction with UWS and members of the Precarious Workers, which included work on the concerns of micro-finance, see: http://www.variant.org.uk/events/art+labour/Art+Labour.html#L3

This latest consultancy tender relates back to Gwilym Gibbons' study as Director at Shetland Arts Development Agency (and Creative Scotland Board member):

New national study into small-scale creative finance
http://www.shetlandarts.org/new-national-study-into-small-scale-creative-finance/

Creative Financing: feasibility study into financial mechanisms for supporting small-scale creative activity
http://www.shetlandarts.org/images/2011/06/Creative-Financing-Feasibility-Study-2011.pdf
Further indications of 'New Business Model' development toward a 'Creative Economy':
Knowledge Transfer Associate - Intellectual Property
Applications for this post are now closed: ICC, in partnership with Creative Scotland, is recruiting for a Knowledge Transfer Associate to support a project concerning intellectual property in the creative industries. The post will involve close working with ICC, Creative Scotland and other organisations and will be based at Creative Scotland’s Edinburgh offices. The project will inform Creative Scotland’s leading and coordinating role for creative industries investment strategy.
The post is full-time for 21 months, starting 1 April 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, Technology Strategy Board and Creative Scotland. Application deadline is 15 February 2012. For more details please visit our Opportunities page.
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/icc/newsandevents/
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Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy
Date: 09/08/2012
A pioneering initiative to support the growth of the UK’s vital creative industries and arts sector was announced today. The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, run by a consortium of UK universities led by the University of Glasgow, will examine a range of issues relating to new digital technologies with a view to meeting some of the central challenges facing the UK’s creative economy.
The UK has probably the largest creative sector in the world relative to GDP, accounting for over 6% of the overall economy and contributing around £60Bn per annum. However, building a business, cultural and regulatory infrastructure that can spark innovation, capitalise on new revenue streams and harness the potential of new and emerging technologies are challenges that face the sector as it aims to maintain the UK’s global leadership in this field.
The new Centre – called CREATe (Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology) - will address these and other challenges by exploring a range of issues such as those associated with digitisation, new intellectual property issues and how best to support relationships between the arts and technology.
CREATe is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Professor Ronan Deazley of the School of Law at the University of Glasgow is leading the consortium and said: "The Research Councils’ decision to support CREATe is an outstanding result for the University of Glasgow and for the consortium of other Universities involved in this initiative. Working in strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations throughout the UK, CREATe will deliver an innovative and exciting research programme that will have real impact on the creative economy as that economy continues to transition from the analogue to the digital."
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC said: “On behalf of the three Research Councils funding this project, and the various agencies involved in it, I’d like to welcome the launch of CREATe very warmly indeed. It represents a fantastic opportunity to take the measure of the way digital technologies are challenging existing arrangements and creating new opportunities in the UK to supply creative input. We very much look forward to seeing how CREATe develops new thinking on copyright and business potential and meets the challenges of interdisciplinary and partnership working. I’m confident it will do so splendidly. It’s a vital as well as urgent task.”
Led by the University of Glasgow, CREATe comprises the University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of St Andrews, University of Nottingham’s digital economy hub (Horizon), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Although not providing funding, NESTA, the Intellectual Property Office and the Technology Strategy Board will also be involved in the CREATe centre.
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http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/New-Centre-for-Copyright.aspx

http://www.create.ac.uk/
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Lecturer in Art Law and Business
School of Culture and Creative Arts - University of Glasgow
To undertake research of world-quality in Art Law, Art Business or Art Markets and lead the University's teaching in this area.
The post will be part of a new development in Art, Law and Business within the School of Culture & Creative Arts, in collaboration with Christie's Education in London and with colleagues in the Schools of Law and Business. The post holder will work with the MSc Programme Director in Art, Law and Business at Christie's Education to deliver teaching in Art Business, Law or Art Markets.
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFO700/lecturer-in-art-law-and-business/
Christie’s Education London: History of Art and Art-world Practice
Christie’s Education London is an associated Institute of the University of Glasgow. The full range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses lead to degrees awarded by the University. Choose from the Arts of China, the Arts of Europe, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Art, Style and Design
From 2013 a new option in Art, Law & Business within all our Postgraduate courses will allow students to explore the ethical and commercial side of art-world-practice.
This is the first year of the programme. Students from this programme will be well qualified to pursue a number of careers in the art world and in creative industry, as they will have had the particular experience of working in an Auction House to add to their CV. Graduates from our other Master's programmes include: auctioneers, art dealers, museum curators, gallerists, journalists, art insurance brokers, art investment managers, writers, art historians and lecturers.
http://www.christieseducation.com/london_grad_art_law_business_msc.html

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