The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy

The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy

Samantha Maskrey & Philip Carne, MBE

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Abergavenny born Philip Carne became a major arts philanthropist after his retirement in 1999. He is a passionate supporter of emerging talent in the performing arts and provides many scholarships and prizes to individuals from Wales. Since 2005, he has supported 24 students at London conservatoires and drama schools, extending his funding to contribute to their career development after graduation. 
 
Philip’s contribution to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has been substantial, funding acting and stage management prizes and scholarships, as well as investing in a chamber music programme and the annual NEW playwriting festival.
 
In 2015, The Carne Trust began supporting the Sherman Theatre and Philip’s desire to nurture fresh talent has led to his investment in the theatre’s New Welsh Playwrights and Directors programmes. Philip also supports Music Theatre Wales, seeing the company’s work as an ambassador for Welsh culture at home and abroad. 
 
Since 2009, Philip has been a sponsor of the London Welsh Young Singer Competition and has also helped develop young singers’ careers through his financial support of the Welsh Singers Showcase. 
 
All the Welsh arts organisations and individuals agree that Philip Carne is a true philanthropist who genuinely cares about the artists and companies he supports. Those companies thank him for his tireless work, carried out entirely without ego or desire for self-aggrandisement. 
 
 
The judges also wished to commend the personal generosity of Julie Emlyn-Jones and her late husband Alun. Their support of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff has been unwavering over many years and Julie continues her loyal contribution. Most recently, she has purchased seats in Chapter’s cinema in memory of Alun.