Collaboration, partnership working and finding unlikely allies: Take Note and The Collaboration Guidebook

Take Note has spent the last three years funding and supporting partnership projects – often those that bring together ‘unlikely allies’ – that deliver arts for social impact projects for communities across the UK. During this time, Take Note has looked at what collaboration needs to be successful, what its challenges are and why it matters.

During today’s session, the Co-Founder and Director of Take Note, Marianna Hay, will introduce their approach and share top tips for effective partnership working. Attendees will also be introduced to the Take Note Collaboration Guidebook and its tools. There will be a chance for a wider group discussion for attendees to share their experiences of working in partnership with others, what they think it needs to be successful and why collaboration matters.

Who is the session for?

This session will be of particular relevance to individuals, community groups and charities who are looking to work with others, who seek allies across their community and sector and who want to understand what effective partnership working requires in order to maximise its impact.

About Take Note

The people behind Take Note are social entrepreneurs Marianna Hay, Emily Webb and Stuart Burns. Between them, they have twenty years of experience leading small arts organisations and delivering cross sector collaborative arts for social impact projects.

Today’s presenter, Marianna Hay, has spent her career to date on using music for social change, first as a music teacher with the Teach First programme and then as the Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of the award winning charity, Orchestras for All. In 2017-2018, Marianna spent a year as a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, funded by Arts Council England. In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for services to music education for founding and leading Orchestras for All. She remains as OFA’s Founding Director alongside her work as Director of Take Note.