Money Matters step into the spotlight at new symposium


“Money makes the world go round” sang Liza Minnelli in Cabaret… and whilst money may not actually make the world go around, it certainly does help us to deliver our services and protect our collections. Financial sustainability is essential for a growing museum sector, and to help get museums up to speed with the issues, MGS will present the Money Matters Symposium at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Wednesday 25 May from 10am – 4pm.

Sponsored and supported by Social Investment Scotland and the Social Enterprise Academy, the symposium is for individuals and organisations who would like to consider alternative ways of generating income for their organisations. We’ll be asking ourselves, ‘do museums need to be more enterprising?’, and, in an environment where budgets are tight, we think the answer to this question should be a resounding ‘yes!’

MGS has developed this brand new type of event to help museums explore the resources available to support their move towards financial sustainability. We’ll focus on the themes of organisational readiness, enterprising boards, maximising income, sponsorship and many more, with the symposium acting as a dynamic signpost to more in-depth future workshops and resources, moving your organisation from asking to earning in no time. You will hear from Social Investment Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy, Arts & Business Scotland, Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage and the Association for Cultural Enterprises, all of whom can support you in your ambitions to become more enterprising.

In addition, we’ll have Grampian Transport Museum, Biggar Museum Trust, Almond Valley and the Glasgow Women’s Library, who will inspire you with their stories of how they did it themselves. The day will be a fantastic opportunity to network with peers, listen to success stories and share experiences. There will also be an opportunity to access training sessions from partner organisations, and MGS will help delegates to access these by offering an exclusive bursary pot to symposium attendees. Board members and trustees are positively encouraged to accompany museum staff to the symposium, but this is not a requirement.

We hope to see you there!

£25 for the Scottish museum sector; £50 for other delegates

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