13th April 2013
What we planned
This post is part of an exercise to engage with our readers, friends, fans, customers … in order to find out what they value in the work that we do. As an organisation (ArtsIn Productions) we do a lot of different things – run an arts magazine, put on training courses, represent bands, singers and rappers, provide a publicity service … the scope of our work is wide. The resources we have available however is not.
This consultation is to ask the public to share their thoughts and comments with us about what we do best. If we should be focusing in, then what should we concentrate on?
My concern is that we are spreading our resources too thinly across the field of our activities. If we narrowed down we might achieve more impact. The problem that I have, as the head honcho around here, is what? I can see all the things that need doing. I am well aware of all the things that I like doing. But, it’s not all about me.
What is difficult for me is letting go of some of my pet projects, my passions, my skill-areas; but that is what needs to happen. ArtsIn Productions involves a number of people – all of them volunteers. I am the only one that does things on a daily basis. Clearly, far too many things land on my desk and I cannot cope with all of it.
I can delegate some things, to some people, some of the time. The more volunteers we get, the more time it takes to train, brief and organise them all. As we say on our web site “Volunteers lie at the heart of all we do.” Ours is a social enterprise and a constant stream of people apply to join us. That increases our capacity but only to the extent that we can train, en-skill, supervise and motivate them.
I am particularly concerned to get feedback and comment from those in the music community; music represents the biggest part of our work. After about ten years of working with music, we feel we have made a contribution and we want to continue to do that.
Of all the things that we do for music, what things are most valuable? If we had to focus on one or two things that would be of real benefit to bands, singers and rappers, what should they be?
ArtsIn Productions Limited was closed down. Having failed to achieve its goals, the company was costing me money to keep going, so I decided to close it.
Having announced that I was going to ‘retire’ in 2014, I have postponed that because I am too busy and have too much work to do. [ In fact, I officially retired in 2017.]
I am keeping both web sites running Arts in Leicester and Music in Leicester. I have taken both sites over from the company and am now the sole publisher of them both.
Narrowing down would be nice but, as with many of these things, there are inter-linkages and cross-benefits that make it impossible to remove one card from the house without the whole thing being in danger of falling down.