Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising | Melbourne Online

Steven Richardson


Steven Richardson



10am-12:30pm AEDT, 19 October 2021 - 26 October 2021


$50 + GST



Learn the foundations of arts fundraising to build greater sustainability for your arts organisations or collective

Registrations for our online Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising workshop are now open to organisations and individuals based in Melbourne.

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 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 Partnerships.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Arts professionals, leadership teams and board members who want to learn the basics of arts fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship;
  • Arts professionals, leadership teams, and board members with some fundraising experience and knowledge;
  • Leaders and board members of arts organisations and projects based in Melbourne; or
  • Individual artists based in Melbourne

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom over two 120 minute sessions. You will need to be able to attend both sessions.

Tuesday 19 October 10:30am – 12:30pm AEDT, and
Tuesday 26 October 10:30am – 12:30pm AEDT

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

The cost for attending the two-day workshop is $50.00 +GST.

This is a chance to connect with your peers and learn from Steven Richardson, your Creative Partnerships State Manager for VIC and TAS, who will provide local perspective, case studies and insights on how to implement what you’ve learned.

This workshop will be focused on organisations in metro Melbourne.


About the presenter:

Steven Richardson – State Manager: Victoria & Tasmania

Steven brings many years of significant fundraising experience, having been primarily responsible for raising financial investment in all of his previous executive positions.

As founder of Black Arm Band, he raised more than $8 million and brokered many significant partnerships.

With a background spanning a variety of artistic, producing, and programming roles – including as a director, curator and producer – Steven’s varied experience allows for a holistic view of fundraising. As Artistic Associate for Melbourne Festivals, and founding Artistic Director of Arts House, he raised or assisted in raising significant financial investment.

Steven has served on a number of advisory boards, including five years as Deputy Chair of the Dance Board for the Australia Council for the Arts, Vichealth Arts Advisory and others.


“The Creative Partnerships ‘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