Training courses for arts and cultural organisations

The Digital Culture Network has created nine guides to help you succeed and thrive in the Digital World. Here is the eight guide: Signposting to further support for software and training.

We have curated a list of useful partnerships and free online training courses for arts and cultural organisations to explore. We aim to update this list with the latest
developments and support. If you are a tech provider or sector support
organisation, please get in touch and we will consider listing your
resource below.


Software packages:

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe has set up a two-month discount option for individuals with an
already existing Creative Cloud subscription, which includes Photoshop,
Acrobat, Premiere Pro or After Effects, InDesign, and Illustrator. The
software giant is also offering Creative Cloud free to students and teachers until the end of May 2020, and its Connect web conferencing software free to everyone until 1st July 2020. Adobe Creative Cloud discount link

Affinity Suite

Affinity are offering a 90- day free trial of all the Mac and Windows
versions of the Whole Affinity suite.  They are also offering 50%
discount for users who would prefer to buy and keep the apps, including
iPad Versions. Affinity software discount link

Free photo editing software

Tech Radar have listed the best free photo editor software in 2020.
Create amazing looking assets for your website or social channels using
these free software tool providers. Best free photo editors link

Free and discounted tech tools

Lightful have published a list of free and discounted tech tools and
support for charities for digital software, social media and design. Lightful free and discounted resources link


Tech provider resources and offers:

Facebook business disruption

The social media giant’s response to help minimise business
disruption during emergencies with tips, training guides and grants to
help organisations. Facebook business disruption response link

Google remote working

Google offer advice, tools and resources on how to work remotely and stay productive. Google remote working advice link


The fundraising platform is offering free digital support through
“COVID-19 response packages” to help charities turn live events into
virtual events. Funraisin free digital support link

Strategy Development support:

Arts Marketing Association

The AMA have curated a list of resources for Coronavirus crisis
management, including the recording of Russel Dornan’s Digital Marketing
Day 2019 session on promoting a space that isn’t open and How to DIY
podcasting guide, plus lots more. AMA resources link
They have also set up a Coronavirus Support Group on Facebook, that
is open to all. Members of this new community are already sharing
additional content and advice, so it’s the perfect way to keep on top of
the latest information in this fast-paced, ever-changing situation our
sector finds itself in. AMA Facebook group link

Creative Industries Federation

The membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s
creative industries is offering free six-month Federation membership
for all freelancers and microbusinesses through COVID-19. Become a Creative Industries Federation member

Charity Digital

This organisation has created a free online resource to help charities transform their digital fundraising strategy. Charity Digital fundraising strategy link
They also offer advice on how tech can keep your charity working through a pandemic. Charity Digital Advice on working through a pandemic link

Media Trust

This organisation has some great resources for charities to connect with volunteers and communications support. Media Trust charity communications support link

Social Coder

How to connect volunteer programmers with charities for specific, goal-oriented projects. Social Coder link

Free Online training courses:

Here is a list of the best free online training courses for digital marketers.

Google Digital Garage – free digital training for all

Free online courses, designed for you to grow your career or business
using Google Analytics.  Select individual modules, or dive right in
and take an entire course end to end at your own pace. Google Digital Garage link

Facebook for Business

Build your digital marketing knowledge, boost your career and add
value to your company with free online training, resources and
certifications.  Learn how to market on channels such as Facebook,
Instagram, Messenger and Whatsapp. Facebook for Business link

Shopify Academy

Free Shopify training to help you build and grow a profitable Online
Shop for your organisation, complete with video tutorials and offer an
NPO rate. Shopify Academy link

Hubspot Academy

Stay sharp. Learn the latest business trends from leading experts in
content marketing, email automation, social media and website design. Hubspot Academy link

Digital Marketer

Become a member and receive weekly marketing tips, instant access to
30+ templates, tools and resources to streamline your marketing
efforts.  They are also offering free access to Digital Marketer Labs
till 31st March due to Covid-19 which has masterclasses, training and marketing playbooks. Digital Marketer link

Further Support:

The Digital Culture Network is here to support you and your organisation. If you need help or would like to chat with them about any of the advice they have covered above, please get in touch. Email with some background information about you, your location and your current dilemma, and they will connect you with one of our 9 Tech Champions for some in-depth 1-2-1 support.

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