Phil Redmond: Has Good Ideas

Story in tonight’s Echo.
Good stuff, hope it happens but who is going to do the actual work involved I wonder.
‘Get in touch’ he says. Ok Phil what’s your email address?

Phil Redmond: I’ll bring Culture cash to people
Sep 13 2007
by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

NEW Culture boss Phil Redmond today revealed a plan to give funding to hundreds of community projects for 2008.

At the same time he issued a damning indictment on the Culture Company and the way it has handled requests for cash and offers of support.

The millionaire former Mersey TV boss will connect organisations that need money with those looking to give funds away.

The scheme is Redmond’s first major project in his new role overseeing Capital of Culture’s artistic programme.

He told the ECHO: “We’ve had people claiming they’ve sent in fantastic ideas and haven’t had any response or haven’t been treated seriously.

“On the other side of the coin are people who say they want to help or offer support or find a way to give sponsorship to Capital of Culture and have never had their calls returned.”

Now, under a Culture projects clearing scheme, he is promising to match businesses which want to help back cultural projects with individuals and groups whose appeals for support have failed.

He says the plan is part of a review to be carried out which will also look at “rebuilding trust and hope and respect” around Capital of Culture.

The 58-year-old said: “We want anyone who thinks they’ve had a great idea overlooked, or anyone who feels their offers of help haven’t met with the enthusiasm they deserve, to get in touch.

“We’re calling it Cultural Clearing, but it’s also like a cultural bring and buy. There will be people popping up with ideas and others wanting to help, whether it be by offering sponsorship or even just time or a venue for something.

“We’ll try to match them up.”

Mr Redmond hopes to review the idea and have a workable scheme up and running by the end of September.

It is likely to be run through an Open Culture website being set up to encourage more grass roots participation in Capital of Culture.

Full details about how people can get involved will be revealed in the ECHO.