Sixth Voice Consulting was launched in 2014 to provide fundraising consultancy and training services to the charitable and not for profit sector, primarily for Arts, Culture and Festivals.
Our belief is that in order for the arts to flourish and be sustainable, it must collaborate and diversify. We need to share working practices, increase knowledge and immerse the next generation of fundraisers in the field where they will be exposed to a full range of methods. One of the biggest challenges facing the sector is, as we know, decreasing levels of public funding. For some organisations, public funding isn’t even on the radar.
The challenge for others is that they had it, but it has been withdrawn. Arts organisations need to adopt a more commercial mind-set, a more entrepreneurial approach to formulating professional fundraising strategies. Time, budget and resource are often stretched, so these strategies and plans need to be practical and realistic. Ideally, they need to deliver short-term results whilst laying the foundation for longer-term sustainability. And, of course, they need to be balanced in order to maintain the creative integrity which forms
We are passionate about the arts and committed to enabling organisations and individuals to thrive by offering practical fundraising advice and training.
Led by Owen McNeir, whose background includes Development Director at Cheltenham Festivals and Development & Marketing Director, Bath Festivals, Sixth Voice clients include: Wells Festival of Literature; Fowey Festival of Words & Music; Edinburgh Festivals; Bristol Music Trust; South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries; Bath Philharmonia; Bristol Media; Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival; Southmead Hospital Charity and Henley Festival
In addition to individual client projects, Sixth Voice also runs workshops in every aspect of fundraising for all levels, from volunteers and trustees with relatively little knowledge to experienced development professionals.
"Owen's strategic advice has been both clear and effective. He has shown us how we can save and earn money and we've immediately put it into practice." Emma Craigie, Chair - Wells Festival of Literature.