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First 11 Fellows selected for the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme

  • Date: 11 September 2013
  • Area: National
Sir Peter Bazalgette talking to the fundraising entrepreneurs of the future

Sir Peter Bazalgette talking to the fundraising entrepreneurs of the future. Credit: Damian McDonald

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium has unveiled its first aspiring Fellows, as part of its Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme. Chosen by a panel of experts, including Sir Peter Bazalgette, the 11 successful applicants were recognised for their creativity, ambition and commitment to developing a career in arts fundraising. The Arts Council funded programme is the first of its kind, and hopes to create the next leaders in the arts fundraising scene.

This exciting and rare opportunity will give the 11 Fellows access to a diverse training and learning programme, with specialist expert mentoring and hands-on experience from placements at the UK’s leading arts organisations. From Human Geography to Fine Arts, the high-flying graduates come from a range of backgrounds, and were whittled down from the almost 200 applicants who applied.

It is hoped the 12 month placements will allow the young entrepreneurs to make a real contribution to their host organisation, and equip them with the skills to lead the way in raising much needed funds for the arts.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England said:
'The Arts Council recognises that arts and cultural organisations need help to get better at making the case for the arts as a cause worth giving to; and to get better at asking. Part of that includes making sure that the sector has the skills to do this.'

Michelle Wright Programme Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, Cause4 said:

'We are aiming to support these 11 Fellows to help redefine the relationships between private and public sector funding   leveraging their passion, commitment and know-how to help maximise alternative income streams. We hope, in time, that they become future leaders in this vital field of income generation.'

The Fellows

Naomi Allen, Fellow for Free Word
Tom Bevan,
Fellow for Royal Northern College of Music
Adam Cooper,
Fellow for Sage Gateshead
Stephanie Graham,
Fellow for Barbican
Sarah Johnston
, Fellow for Opera North
Sandie Mattioli,
Fellow for  Whitechapel Gallery
Emma Pickering
, Fellow for Sadler's Wells
Jill Richens
, Fellow for  A New Direction
Sarah Ruff,
Fellow for Dance UK
Dana Segal,
Fellow for Roundhouse
Bex Shindler,
Fellow for Tate Liverpool

About the Transforming the arts fundraising programme

Catalyst scheme: Transforming arts fundraising commissioned grant
The Transforming arts fundraising commissioned grant is part of the Catalyst scheme which aims to support creative and innovative activity through testing different fundraising approaches.

Arts fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium
The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium is the Arts Council's the national delivery partner for our Transforming arts fundraising programme. Consortium partners include Barbican Centre East London and City Culture Hub in partnership with Cause 4, the DARE Partnership comprising Opera North and the University of Leeds, the Arts Marketing Association, and the Philanthropy Foundation.

Useful links and further information

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium
Catalyst commissioned transforming arts fundraising grant

Read the full press release

View biographies of the new fellows

Read Michelle Wright's blog post on this announcement

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