Corey Bullock, Creative Programming & Marketing Assistant at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, was one of four lucky recipients of The Arts Council of Wales bursaries to attend AMA conference 2017 in Belfast. In this blog post and video diary Corey shares what he enjoyed the most.
Thanks to receiving a bursary from Arts Council of Wales, this year I was attending the AMA conference for the first time as a wide eyed new member to the AMA. Many words come to mind when I think about my experience in Belfast, but if I had to narrow it down to just one single word, it would be Strength. Through meeting and engaging with fellow arts marketers from around the country I have strengthened bonds between great arts venues. By attending intriguing and insightful sessions lead by inspiring peers, by delving into new studies and research and by snapping up those golden nuggets of marketing wisdom, I feel I have learned new ways to give strength to my own campaigns and working practices.
Having gone alongside my marketing manager and revelling in new ideas together we have strengthened our bond as friends as well as colleagues and made us a stronger marketing team. And all the glimpses into exceptional theatre and arts events through the eyes of the people that make them happen, they have made my passion for this industry even stronger. I have returned to Cardiff from my first AMA conference as a stronger asset to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and would encourage anyone who has not yet been to a conference before to set their sights on Liverpool 2018. The AMA conference is the arts worlds gym for your marketing muscles.