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Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts

Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts

The idea

Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts is a long-established institution in the Swansea area. The organisation wanted to bid for Arts Council of Wales funding for the Dylan Thomas Centenary year to support a special, augmented programme of activities. The Festival required support in developing a business plan and funding bid to secure a substantially increased budget.

What we did

We worked with the Festival Chair and key individuals to develop a business plan and funding case for the initiative, pulling together a range of ideas and desires and presenting them in a coherent, structured package for the purposes of a funding bid.

Results of our work

Our work was very well received and as a direct result the Festival was successful in securing a £50,000 grant from the Arts Council of Wales for their DT100 celebrations, which took place in the 2014 Dylan Thomas Centenary Year. Post 2014, the Festival has implemented the operational structure that the business plan recommended and continues as an annual fixture.

  • "Having spotted your insight and creative approach during your input to the Swansea Arts Strategy process, I had no hesitation in engaging you to formulate the business plan required for the second-stage application to the DT100 fund. The collaboration demonstrated your thoroughness, efficiency and quick grasp of strategic issues. Consequently, the resulting document will serve not only as an application but also as a useful roadmap for the Festival's next stage of development. I should recommend you warmly to any arts organisation seeking an objective, analytical approach to future business and artistic planning."
    Huw Tregelles Williams, OBE, DL, FRCO, FRWCMD, Chairman/Director, Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts, formerly Head of Music, BBC Wales