Cr8net 2013

Cr8net 2013Forget Facebook, MySpace is back..

Cr8net 2013 is only a few months away and we are starting to get excited! Where else do you get the chance to quiz leaders of the industry, make new contacts and get new ideas for your business? Cr8net  is a one-day conference for the creative industries, bringing together industry practitioners, policy makers and businesses. One of our keynote speakers will be Ed Vaizey MP (Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) who will be joined by key figures from Google, The Guardian, Association of Independent Music, Creative and Cultural Skills plus many more.

Cr8net is the brainchild of Toks Majek-Akisanya, CEO of CIDA, the Cultural Industries Development Agency, the leading specialist support organisation for the grassroots creative and cultural sector in London. We have supported thousands of creative individuals, businesses and arts organisations since our inception (in 1999) by providing information, business support and professional development, facilitating networking & showcasing opportunities and occasionally commissioning new work.

For more information, please visit the Cr8net  website, email or call us on 020 7247 4710.


MySpace Back in the Ring?

Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp famously bought the Social Networking site for over $500m before selling it to Justin Timberlake a few years later for a knock down price of $35m due to its dwindling popularity. However, the pariah of social networking seems to be on the rise. According to Music Ally, the new style MySpace is well designed, but will that be enough to entice people back?

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Call for Artists: Cr8net 2013

CIDA are looking for artists to participate in Cr8net 2013. Do you have a distinct and engaging style and can make work live in front of an audience? We are looking for artists who can create work on large boards whilst the conference is in progress. If you have another medium that is suitable for making indoors, we’d be happy to consider it. Email  us for more information. ––––


ACE’s Creative Industry Finance loans: on your marks, get set, start-up!

According to our CEO, development agencies have a role to play in getting the word out about ACE’s creative loans scheme. Check out this article  on the Guardian Culture Professionals Network  from our CEO, Toks, and see if you agree. And if you’re based in the North and still looking for information about ACE’s Creative Industry Finance scheme, you can attend these talks to learn more!

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Theatre Nemo

Theatre Nemo is a small charity with groups and individuals in hospitals, the community and in prisons aiming to improve mental health. Theatre Nemo’s founder, Isabel McCue, says “a lot of our young people talents are being lost and no doubt the creative arts can help fix many of the social issues we see today”. What with the EBacc omitting the art from its curriculum, do you think young people’s health could be damaged by lack of art/culture? Respond on twitter with hashtag #healthyarts.

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Free Webinar: Fashion Contracts, 23rd January 2013

When setting up your fashion business you should have contracts in place that help you to conduct your business in a professional manner. Not only do your own contracts signal to your partners that you know what you are doing but they will also help you to enforce your rights should it be necessary. This free webinar will provide you with guidance on what kind of contracts are suitable for which situation and where to get them.

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Spring Market Competition: British Library

Are you a designer or maker? Have you used the British Library to develop your ideas? Win a stand at the Spring Market on 4th March 2013 on the British Library Piazza in London. The Market is part of the Spring Festival and will show off the work of ten of the most innovative jewellery, fashion, homeware and craft designers who have used the British Library.

Deadline: 27th January 2013. More info 


Early Bird and Discounted tickets for small organizations at Cr8net 2013


Cr8net is now an essential date in the diary for a creative and cultural ‘state of the industry’ discussion. Tickets are on sale now, and the Early Bird ticket price is just £175 (full price £275) – get yours now!


We also have a range of special priced tickets available for 2013. In addition to the Early Bird rate there are reduced rates for students, small organizations, previous delegates and group bookings.

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