Securing a funding mix is crucial to the survival of the arts and organisations of all sizes now recognise that investing resources into this area is the only way to ensure sustainability. However, there is an insufficient number of skilled professional arts fundraisers in Wales. A&B Cymru believes that the only way to increase this vital pool of professionals in the long term, is to establish arts fundraising as a viable and attractive career path.
Through its Creative Internships Programme, A&B Cymru has been striving to achieve this ambition in a tangible and effective way for the past 5 years. The innovative scheme is made possible thanks to crucial funding support from Backstage Trust and the Arts Council of Wales Lottery.
The programme places recent graduates into arts organisations as trainee fundraisers, providing in-depth training and development and enabling participants to begin their careers in the strongest possible position. It has already proven itself to be a successful way of addressing a very real barrier to the sustainability of many arts organisations. To date, of the 20 graduates who have completed placements, 17 are now professional fundraisers in Wales.
In October 2018, four recent graduates will be placed into arts organisations for 10 months’ intensive fundraising training. Sara Wiliam, a Religious Studies & Philosophy Graduate of Cardiff University is placed at Rubicon Dance (currently a 6-month placement). Gwenan Jenkins-Jones, a Welsh Graduate of Bangor University will be working at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Megan Stokes, a graduate in Illustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Publishing from Glyndŵr University Wrexham is placed at Theatr Clwyd and Emma Hastings, who has an MA in Design Futures from Cardiff Metropolitan University is joining the team at Wales Millennium Centre.
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Rachel Jones, Chief Executive of A&B Cymru, said:
"We are absolutely delighted that we have the opportunity to build on the success of the Creative Internships Programme for a sixth consecutive year. It has been truly rewarding to see how passionate all our interns are about embarking on a career in fundraising. That has always been the ultimate aim of the scheme. The 2018/19 interns are extremely enthusiastic about their placements and I am confident that they will benefit hugely from this unique training experience. But this is just the beginning. If we are to make a tangible difference to the future of the arts, A&B Cymru must ensure the scheme continues in the long term."
For further information about the Creative Internships, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029 2030 3023.
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