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Make It Happen

Skills Development Program
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Hosted by Dance Makers Collective
Supported by City of Parramatta, Parramatta Artists Studios and Creative Plus Business
Registrations now open - limited to 15 participants
9 Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, commencing April 20th and concluding June 15th 2021

Full price: $500 + GST
Equity scholarships available
Free for creatives living in the Parramatta LGA

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Make It Happen is a 9-week program of weekly 2-hour sessions for creative practitioners and producers to refine their skills in making project or program ideas happen. Delivered through a project-based learning methodology, participants in the program are encouraged to come with an idea at the ready and will utilise the skills developed throughout the 9-week program to consolidate a working project plan around their project idea. Towards the end of the 9-week period, participants will be provided 4 hours of 1-on-1 support to refine their individual plans with tailored advice.

The areas the program covers include:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation: design thinking and lean methodologies
  • Contextual analysis: positioning your idea as part of a series of systems
  • Stakeholder management: how to conduct stakeholder analysis to develop and manage relationships
  • Understanding your 'customer': motivation and market research
  • Strategic marketing: dynamic and targeted approaches to marketing
  • Project planning: using the iron triangle principle to scaffold project plans
  • Project management: budgeting, risk assessment and timelines
  • Making a case: fundraising and partnership development
  • The impact of learning: evaluation as an embedded process

The program will be delivered at Parramatta Artists Studios in Rydalmere on Tuesday evenings commencing Tuesday 20 April.

Participants will need to bring a laptop to access resources and templates used throughout the program, and will be provided with access to a secure folder with these resources prior to each session.

With the support of Creative Plus Business and Business Connect, all participants are also entitled to 4 individual sessions with the facilitator, DMC's General Manager Carl Sciberras, to be utilised before the 30th of June this year, to give participants the chance to consolidate their learnings and refine an actionable plan.

About your facilitator:
Carl Sciberras is a producer, choreographer, performer, teacher and arts advocate from Western Sydney. Carl has co-founded two successful creative enterprises: Dance Makers Collective, a not-for-profit company that produces performance works, skills development and education programs with a focus on community-led practice - and Flatline, a visual art and dance collaboration that creates performance, installation and art works that have been presented internationally.

Having worked in management and marketing positions for a range of performing arts organisations, and having produced the work of independent artists, Carl is adept at helping people navigate a range of creative business challenges. He has extensive experience in writing and assessing grant applications (as a peer at the Australia Council and an assessor for Create NSW and others), as well as in complex project management with a wide range of stakeholders. Carl effortlessly blends the 'business' side of company management, administration, planning and development and the 'creative' side as a maker and performer.

Carl is currently employed by Creative Plus Business as a Business Advisor, is on the Board of Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, and in 2020 worked at Create NSW. In 2017, Carl was a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program and in 2016 was awarded the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellowship.

Due to the limited capacity of the program, interested participants are asked to register by completing this form.
Registrations close Thursday 8 April or when program capacity has been reached. There is a capacity of 15 people for this program.
People who live in the Parramatta local government area or who can demonstrate a strong connection to the local area can participate free-of-charge, thanks to the City of Parramatta through its Creative Economies Funding Program.
To enable participants from all backgrounds to participate, DMC offers equity scholarships on a needs basis - if you cannot afford the full program fee, do not be dismayed! Let us know when completing the form, there are limited scholarships available including partly (50%) and fully subsidised places.

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Dance Makers Collective acknowledge the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land of Western Sydney, whose land we have the privilege to dance and work on. We acknowledge their survival and resilience, and pay respect to Darug Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community for over 65,000 years.

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