"A few weeks into 2019, we got a call, and you could tell straight away that it was a ‘good news’ call – we had been successful in our application to the Enterprise Development Programme! Streetwise Opera is a pioneering charity that harnesses the power of music to improve the wellbeing and increase the social inclusion of people affected by homelessness. In the past, we had been heavily reliant on grants from statutory funders, trusts and foundations to deliver and develop our work, and we knew this was not sustainable. We wanted to diversify our income mix, increase our commercial activity and explore new opportunities. Thanks to the EDP grant, we were able to appoint an Events & Business Development Coordinator, and develop a brand-new corporate offer. Over 17 years, we have developed a sector-leading methodology that has been proven to improve social engagement, motivation and wellbeing. From research and consultation, we know these outcomes are (rightly so) high on businesses’ agendas. So we developed a new range of corporate services, which includes team-building workshops, personal development sessions and immersive staff and client entertainment – all based around music and opera.
We are now busy rolling this out, and telling the (business) world about it. Without the additional resource, this all would have remained an ambition. Thanks to the EDP grant, we could make it a reality. Has it been a success? Honestly, it’s too soon to tell. To research and develop a new product, to enter new markets and to build a reputation will take more than nine months. However, the initial response has been positive and we are having conversations with businesses we would have not been able to engage before. So we are patient, we are persistent, and we are proud of what we have achieved so far.”
Camille De Groote, Director or Development at Streetwise Opera