The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow announces an open call for Russian regional cultural organisations interested in holding professional development workshops for middle and senior cultural managers in their city.

The aim of the programme is to give organisations in different Russian cities opportunities to bring together key players from the local cultural community and hold workshops that meet their professional needs, with input from British experts. Similar programmes, such as City and Culture, have been held in different Russian cities in the past.

This year, Russian organisations are invited to choose the most relevant issues for their workshops, identify a British expert and together design a programme that meets the needs, is aimed at addressing the problems of the local cultural community, and creates productive and creative dialogue between members of the local and international communities.

As this is the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019, a number of grants will be awarded to organisations working in the music sector.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 on 31 July 2019.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • they can be cultural organisations from any Russian city except Moscow (museums, galleries, art spaces\centres, libraries, theatres, foundations, concert halls, philharmonic societies, etc);
  • they must have existed for at least 3 years, be key players in the local cultural sector, have a loyal audience, as well as a recognisable brand;
  • they must have experience of international cultural collaboration.

Applications are requested in .doc (.docx) format, stating the topic and outline plan for the workshop, as well as the potential British expert who will lead the workshop. 

The plan should include a detailed budget and a description of a workshop for a group of 30 people to be led by a British expert for between 1 and 3 days.  Depending on the application, the size of grant can range from £3,000 to £5,000.

Workshop audiences may include:

  • middle and senior managers working in the industry for 2 years and longer;
  • employees and existing\potential partners. 

Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • developing target audiences and cultural marketing;
  • successful planning and production of cultural projects;
  • entrepreneurship and design of new products and services;
  • financial planning and fundraising in culture;
  • festival and event management;
  • efficient tools for audience development in social networks

Grant can cover the expenses:

  • expert's fees, including all taxes 
  • travel and visa costs: Russian visa, air travel, travel within Russia (bus, train, plane)
  • accommodation in Russia 
  • rent of venue and equipment for workshop 
  • interpreter’s fee and hire of equipment for simultaneous interpretation 
  • catering for workshop participants 
  • materials for workshops (stationery, printed materials for participants)

The terms of the grant are:

  • grants will be transferred on the basis of signed grant agreements between the grant recipient and the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow;
  • organisations applying for grants must be registered in the Russian Federation as legal entities;
  • by signing grant agreements, organisations confirm that they can accept a grant from the British Embassy (non-resident) and collaborate with foreign individuals (British experts);
  • grants will be transferred in roubles at the internal exchange rate of the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow on the date of signing grant agreements (August/September 2019);
  • grant recipients are required to provide a detailed narrative and financial report on the results of the workshop (attaching original payment documents, tickets, invoices, bills, etc).

Next steps

by 23.59 on 31 July 2019  applicants should complete the application form and email it to: Cultural.Section.Moscow@gmail.com with “Regional grants_Name of your organisation” in the subject line
by 19 August 2019 successful applicants will be selected
by 15 September 2019  selected applicants will be required to finalise and submit a detailed plan for their workshop (with the theme and expert) and cost estimates
before 1 February 2020 the workshop will need to be held
by 15 February 2020 organisers will be required to submit a narrative and financial report with full supporting documents 

The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow will conduct the selection process in line with equality and diversity policies.

The professional development workshops on cultural management are organised as part of Future Culture, a professional development programme that aims to connect existing and emerging cultural professionals in Russia and the UK to help the cultural sector develop new ideas and knowledge, skills and networks to drive collaborations and partnerships between Russia and the UK.