I am a trustee and co-founder of the Gig-Arts Trust – a charity that inspires students of the arts, music and drama to explore their creativity and connect with their community.
It started out as a project when Abbie Cooke (co-founder and inspiration behind the charity) was studying for an MSc in Entrepreurship. She was intrigued to discover if artists were natural entrepreneurs, and if not, could they be taught to be more business savvy. Let’s face it, so many creative people love what they do so much, many happily give it away for much less than it’s actually worth.
Gig-Arts started as a series of workshops and lectures on communication and enterprise skills at The University of the Creative Arts in Farnham. Since then events have been held across the UK and in 2011 we were honoured to be invited to hold an event at the world-famous Juilliard School in New York.
Gig-Arts now presents exciting, challenging, inspiring, creative enterprise days in schools and universities for young people who are interested in the arts, music and drama. All Gig-Arts participants then volunteer in their local community using their creative skills to make a difference.