Tees Valley Festival Scale Up Programme

Project Overview 

Festivals and events play a vital role in bringing communities together, transforming experience and perceptions of place and attracting visitors to the region. TVCA are supporting a portfolio of nine Tees Valley-based festivals that have high growth potential, through a 4-year programme of holistic and bespoke support, from 2022 – 2026. Support will include a mix of grant funding, training, specialist information, advice and guidance, access to industry or professional services support, mentoring, and access to a peer-to-peer network.​ Grant funding and support is expected to taper in line with scale up/growth.​  

Aims and Objectives of the project 

  • Increased profile of Tees Valley festivals   
  • Increased audiences & reach   
  • Higher number of visitors staying longer in the region  
  • Sustainable business models developed through:  
    • Increased contributed income (i.e., business sponsorship, donations)​  
    • Increased earned income (i.e., commercialisation/export potential, IP, tax relief)​  
    • Increased inward investment/leveraged funds (e.g., from national / regional funding bodies)  
    • Increased organisational capacity, skills and knowledge
  • High quality, year-round festivals offer 
  • Enhanced sector leadership capacity and capability, including in areas of specific need i.e., networks, talent development, diversity & inclusion, accessibility, green agenda etc 

Project Status: In delivery 

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