Digital accelerator programme for cultural organisations opens to UK not-for-profit organisations (application deadline: 13 March 2024)

Not-for-profit cultural organisations in the UK can apply to join the Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Accelerator Programme, with a deadline for applications of Wednesday 13th March 2024. Selected organisations for the latest round of the Digital Accelerator Programme will be announced in the spring of 2024.

The initiative, which has recently been expanded, helps cultural organisations strengthen their technology and management practices to help them improve operations, generate revenue, fundraise, engage broader audiences, and expand programming.

UK and US not-for-profit  cultural organisations with an annual budget of £500,000 or more that have been in operation for at least 3 years can apply HERE. Up to 50 organisations in the UK and US will be accepted on to the programme..

Launched in July 2021 as an invitation-only pilot programme, the Digital Accelerator Program has helped nearly 150 arts organisations in the US and UK to date.

It provides support for projects in four categories: 

1. Content Creation and Distribution.
2. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)/Ticketing.
3. Digital Archives/Data Management, and
4. Websites.

According to Bloomberg Philanthropiesthe 40 institutions that were part of the first cohort, and completed the programme last summer, have collectively raised an additional $20 million in new revenue, reached over 1 million new audience members, and engaged more than 4,000 new artists and partners.

In the UK this includes:

o Serpentine implemented a new ticketing system to deepen visitor relationships and optimise audience journeys. The system has reduced no-shows to ticketed events by 35% due to a reminder email strategy and saw nearly 6,000 new online donations made through ticket add-ons.
o Unicorn Theatre has achieved over 100,000 views for its Unicorn Online children’s programming, with 37% of the views coming from outside of London through new relationships with partner theatres across the country. It has also generated £50,000 in digital licensing income for artists and the theatre through deals with UK, US, and Canadian organisations.

Digital Accelerator Program participants work with technology experts who provide individual strategic assessment and implementation support. In the UK, these services are provided by Arts Council England and its Digital Culture Network, and in the US, by the Lapine Group.

For further information about the Digital Accelerator Programme and how to apply, please visit the Bloomberg Philanthropies website.

Source: UK Fundraising