MAKE (Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership) seeks Freelance School Relationship Manager

MAKE (the MK CEP) is a major collaboration   led by AHA-MK , with investment from  Artswork, that aims to ensure cultural education in MK is joined up, visible and well-resourced.  MAKE has 40 members working across education, youth, health and culture.  CEPs are an Arts Council England initiative supported by Bridge organisations that aims to increase creative and cultural opportunities for children and young people and develop better relationships between cultural organisations and schools.  One of around 100 CEPs across England, MAKE has raised £250k for cultural education delivery in MK since its launch in 2015. 

MAKE seeks a Freelance School Relationship Manager. Reporting to the MAKE project manager. Duties include:

  • Engaging with at least 20 schools
  • Develop the schools network with AHA-MK and its members through visiting schools and talking to headteachers
  • Present teachers with a comprehensive package of what opportunities there are for schools with local cultural engagement activity
  • Document the concerns and challenges of teachers, boards of governors and heads when developing cultural programmes in schools
  • Document an understanding of teachers’ needs around cultural education and its methods
  • Assist the AHA-MK Programming and Partnership in the development of advocacy materials, case studies and films (or use of existing material)
  • Promote the benefits of Arts Award for children and young people and Artsmark as the quality mark to schools
  • Increase take-up of Arts Award and Artsmark in at least 10 schools
  • Write a report and evaluation, detailing outputs, outcomes and recommendations

The successful candidate will have experience of working within the arts and an educational setting and knowledge of the arts organisations in Milton Keynes. They will be a team player with a positive approach to work, and an empathic approach to others. Clear, creative and strategic thinking is essentail, along with evidence of relationship building.

This role will run throughout Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. The fee is £5000.

Please apply no later than Thursday 12th September to

All applications must be a CV and covering letter stating:

  • A timetable for delivery.
  • A breakdown of days and costs,
  • Details of insurances
  • Details of any other people you may work with during the process
  • Details of referees

MAKE (Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership) seeks Freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor 


MAKE seeks a freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor to deliver a programme of fundraising and development training and mentoring for MAKE members.

Through investment by Artswork, MAKE offers a Development Mentor fee of £4,200. The Development Mentor will provide two full-day bespoke fundraising and development training and mentoring sessions to a cohort of 24 MK arts and cultural organisations. These sessions will explore:

  • New revenue streams
  • Sponsorship and philanthropy opportunities
  • New sources of funding via trusts, foundations etc.
  • Cultural commissioning – opportunities, working with commissioners, becoming ‘commission ready’
  • Investment partnerships

Subsequently, the Development Mentor will work closely with a cohort of five. This work will take place between Autumn 2019 and Summer 2020 and will allow participants to develop a Fundraising Strategy and timeline for collaborative MAKE project bids. It will support the development and submission/implementation/pitching of bids, campaigns and proposals. It is expected that this group will become a Fundraising sub-group for MAKE and will continue to support the growth and development of cultural education in MK by supporting a range of collaborative projects and initiatives.

In addition to prep and planning for 3 full-day sessions and 4 half-day sessions the Development Mentor will:

  • Meet and liaise with the MAKE PM to discuss and plan the programme outline and its evaluation methods (Autumn 2019)
  • Independently develop programme, plan training and mentoring approach, source materials (Autumn 2019)
  • Share experience of programme at a MAKE partnership meeting (Summer 2020)
  • With MAKE PM compile and collate data for evaluation report (Summer 2020)

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a complex environment, ideally within the arts or an educational setting. They will have demonstrable experience as a trainer, and of working in a fundraising role, as well as a proven track record of raising funds from trusts and foundations, with experience of a wider fundraising mix. They will be a team player with a positive approach to work. Clear, creative and strategic thinking is essential.

Please submit a CV and covering letter stating why you are suitable for this role to by close of business, 12th September 2019.