The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a new fund to support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or explore new business models for organisations with arts projects.
The Fund, a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is unique in encouraging collaboration between the arts, digital technolgy providers and the research community in order to undertake experiments from which the wider arts sector can learn.
£7million will be made available for projects over the period 2012-2014/5 for projects up to a value of £125,000 (with the majority of projects being considerably below this threshold).
The Fund's essential features have been successfully tested during the pilot Digital R&D Fund in 2011/12 and the learning from the pilot will continue, allowing some flexibility to the shape of the main Fund. Eight projects were successful in receiving funding; learning from those projects can be found on the Arts Council's website.
The Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture was a pilot project between the Arts Council England, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts and cultural organisations across England who want to work with digital technologies to:
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Each of the pilot projects were selected because they will produce research and data that other arts and cultural organisations will value highly and, possibly, develop new products/services that can be used by other organisations. A key element of the Fund is the partnerships between arts and cultural organisations, technology providers and researchers.
We invited Dr Paul Gerhardt, of Archives for Creativity, to work with the pilot projects to compile brief case studies of each project, and to capture the main learning points. You can read a summary of his findings here, and the more detailed case studies via the links below.
Following a successful pilot fund we have now launched the new £7million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts which is supporting projects using digital technology to enhance audience reach and explore new business models. Find out more and apply at www.artsdigitalrnd.org.uk
This series of podcasts explores the innovative use of digital technology in the arts and cultural sector.
Podcast 1: User generated content, social media and audience curation
Podcast 2: mobile and location-based technology and gaming
Podcast 3: Digital distribution of arts and cultural content
Podcast 4: Data and archives
Podcast 5: Using digital technologies for arts and cultural education and learning
Podcast 6: How digital technologies are radically changing business models
This publication is a compilation of brief case studies, capturing the main learning points of each pilot project from the Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture.
Download the case studies