Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising | Yugambeh/Gold Coast

Matthew Higgins , State Manager Development & Partnerships for QLD


Matthew Higgins , State Manager Development & Partnerships for QLD



9.00am - 4.00pm AEST, 13 June 2024


$100 + GST


HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising

Understand the foundations of arts fundraising to build greater sustainability for your arts organisations and artists.


Registrations for our Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising workshop are now open to organisations and individuals based on Gold Coast.

The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising workshop is ideal for arts organisations and artists looking for the know-how, confidence and inspiration to kickstart or grow income from philanthropy, donors, and business partners

Join colleagues in your cultural sector in gaining insights into national trends; reviewing essential fundraising principles including the differences between sponsorship and philanthropy; how to be fundraising ready; and strategic insights into crowdfunding, donor circles and trusts & foundations. The course will also explain how to find, retain and build relationships creating long term support using best practice stewardship.

The course will cover the opportunities and resources provided by the Australian Cultural Fund as well as outline matched funding programs provided by Creative Australia.

This workshop is ideal for
  • Arts professionals who want to learn the basics of arts fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship
  • Arts professionals with some fundraising experience and knowledge
  • Board members of arts organisations interested in diversifying their organisation’s income streams
This interactive workshop will cover
  • Business partnerships
  • Philanthropy
  • How to make your organisation fundraising ready
  • Building a case for support
  • Fundraising strategies
  • How to develop a fundraising plan

And includes lunch, snacks and coffee/tea.

This is a chance to connect with your peers and learn from Matthew Higgins, your State Manager,  Development and Partnerships for QLD, who will provide local perspectives, case studies and insights on how to implement what you’ve learned.


“ ‘Fundamentals of Fundraising’ workshop was a valuable opportunity to consolidate my on-the-job learning as an emerging fundraiser. From the workshop I gained a better understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ of fundraising, which I have applied every day in my role.” – Sophia Halloway, National Gallery of Australia


“Attending the Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising was a really insightful experience, providing me with the knowledge and tools required to refresh our company’s private fundraising strategy” – Katy Green Loughrey, Powerhouse Youth Theatre


For accessibility enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

About the presenter



Matthew Higgins is a strategist, advocate and changemaker with over a decade of experience across performing arts, festivals, major events and community-engaged practice.

Matthew brings a wealth of experience across various art forms and business models. His roles in both regional and metropolitan Queensland and New South Wales have equipped him with a strong understanding of the value of the arts and the significant impact of private sector investment. Having spent his career exploring the dynamic relationship between business and creativity, his diverse skill set spans philanthropy, partnerships, marketing, producing, multi arts programming, strategic investment and more.

Before joining Creative Australia, Matthew worked in regional Queensland for Dancenorth Australia, where he significantly grew philanthropic support and developed audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Matthew previously produced and programmed major events and festivals for Sydney Mardi Gras, managed sponsorships for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, coordinated strategic investment in arts and creative industries events for Destination NSW, and supported programming teams at Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse. As an independent producer, he has presented sell-out seasons at La Boite Theatre Company and World Theatre Festival.

Passionate about community building, equity and inclusion; Matthew is currently a member of the Queensland Government’s LGBTIQ+ Roundtable and previously served on Townsville City Council’s Inclusive Communities Advisory Committee. Driven by his interest in fostering resilience and innovation within arts and culture, Matthew participated in an international arts leadership program in Cyprus, focused on festivals in the aftermath of conflict and within contested spaces, and leveraged a Creative Fellowship from City of Sydney to devise a COVID-19 resilience and recovery plan for Sydney’s queer arts community.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from Queensland University of Technology and is completing a Juris Doctor (Law) to further investigate the nexus of business, law, and creativity.

Get in contact with Matthew to book an appointment.