19 May 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 32

Alex Roberts, National Theatre Wales & Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

This past month I have been focusing on the strategic planning for the next steps in our fundraising at NTW. ­­We have been evaluating our successes this year so far, and gathering input from the board to inform our decisions for our next steps. With NTW’s new season of work, including the recently announced ‘We’re Still Here’ in Port Talbot, we will be continuing to work with new artists, new communities and exploring new subjects. This gives me a great opportunity to find ways of ensuring our fundraising efforts work alongside our productions and connect with new audiences.

Alongside this I have been working on trust applications, building on our marketing plan for our campaign and researching further possibilities for diversifying our income streams. This week I have also begun Welsh lessons at NTW again! These lessons are a really great experience and even learning just some basic conversational Welsh will be really valuable working in Wales.

In the next month, I will also be attending the Institute of Fundraising’s training regarding the changes to the data protection regulations which will be implemented in 2018. These changes will impact how fundraisers handle data and communicate with donors and the training can ensure that NTW can put any changes into action before the regulations change.

It’s hard to believe there is only around 3 months left of my placement, I’m looking forward to see what else I can fit into my remaining time here!

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The summer term is a busy period for events at RWCMD, so the past few weeks have been spent preparing for them. In a couple of weeks we are hosting the President’s Dinner, an occasion for us to get supporters of the college together to celebrate our Principal’s ten years with the college before she leaves at the end of term. This will be the first event I will be managing at the college, ensuring everything runs smoothly on the night and our guests have a great time. Although the prospect of managing an event with over 100 guests is rather intimidating, this is sure to be a really valuable experience and will hopefully be an enjoyable evening for everyone! 

I am also working on trust applications which I will be submitting in the next couple of weeks, and continuing with my research through Grantfinder. With only a few months left of the internship I will be trying to fit as much as possible into my remaining time here and preparing for my next steps after my placement!  

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