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South West to host the future leaders of arts fundraising

  • Date: 24 September 2013
  • Area: London, Midlands, National, North, South East, South West
Arts Fundraising Philanthropy Programme

Arts Fundraising Philanthropy Programme. Credit: Damian McDonald

Arts Council England funded Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium announced a new recruitment round for its arts fundraising programme, based at four of our South West National portfolio organisations.  

Applications are now open for four one-year arts fundraising fellowships. The Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme is the first of its kind in the UK. It hopes to create the next generation of leading Development Directors skilled with the vision, entrepreneurial expertise and ingenuity to make significant difference to the arts fundraising landscape.

Host organisations include Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a national professional orchestera; Circomedia, a centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre; Hall for Cornwall, one of Cornwall's leading theatres; and Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, a two-week multi art form festival. 

The Fellowships present a rare opportunity to learn on the job from experts in the field, supported by a diverse training and learning programme including a bursary to attend the National Arts Fundraising School, run by the Management Centre. All Fellows will be mentored, trained and gain hands-on experience in the many facets of fundraising and will be expected to make real contribution to their host organisation.

The South West Arts Fundraising Fellows hub will be supported by Arts Council England and the University of Exeter, as part of the university's wider development of entrepreneurialism and skills development for arts and cultural organisations.

The programme is being evaluated by the University of Leeds and participants will be awarded certification from the University, based on the achievement of objectives agreed at the beginning of the programme.

This latest round of recruitment follows the success of the initial recruitment round, in which 11 Fellows for the North of England and London were chosen by a panel of experts, including Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette.

Dom Jinks, Head of Arts and Culture at the University of Exeter, said: 'I am delighted that the University of Exeter is involved in the creation and development  of South West Hub for the Arts Fundraising Fellowships programme.   We very much look forward to this exciting opportunity and believe it will make a real difference to funding experience and knowledge across the South West region.'

Phil Gibby, South West Area Director at Arts Council England, said: 'We are delighted to have been able to extend the reach of the Fellowship programme to the South West. As Sir Peter Bazalgette said recently, we are creating "a new generation of arts fundraisers". In that context, it's excellent to be able to partner with the University of Exeter and four National portfolio organisations from the area to create this opportunity.'

The Arts Fundraising Fellowships were created as a partnership between London-based development and fundraising enterprise Cause4 and the DARE Fundraising Academy, a unique collaboration between Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Opera North and the University of Leeds, together with leading arts and education organisations across London and the North of England.

Applications for Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme are now being accepted. Deadline for application is Friday 11 October at 5pm. The four selected South West Fellows will take up their roles in November 2013.

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