The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy
Ian Stoutzker & Samantha Maskrey
Image by Glenn Edwards
Since Ian Stoutzker founded the charity Live Music Now (LMN) with his friend Yehudi Menuhin 40 years ago, over 2,000,000 disadvantaged members of society have experienced the joy of live performance. Thanks to Ian’s sustained financial support, LMN continues to benefit many thousands of young musicians throughout the UK.
Music has always been Ian’s driving passion, inherited from his mother, Dora, a music teacher from Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys. When approached in 2011 to support the development of a new concert hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Ian’s generous donation resulted in a world class venue named in honour of his mother, The Dora Stoutzker Hall. He also established the annual £10,000 Ian Stoutzker Prize for Outstanding Performance in Music, a competition open to all RWCMD music students.
Evacuated as a child to Tredegar during World War 2, Ian’s desire to foster talent and provide opportunities for young people in the town has resulted in him funding the Only Tredegar Boys Aloud choir. He also makes a significant contribution to The Aloud Charity as a whole. His long term support of Tredegar Town Band has enabled it to reach new artistic heights and secure a place as one of the leading brass bands in the world.
With his wife Mercedes, the Stoutzkers’ generosity extends to the visual arts. Having built up a major collection of post-war British art, the couple have established new links with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and have loaned works for a major exhibition for the whole of 2017.
Ian Stoutzker’s unstinting support of the arts is unparalleled and, though based in London, his enduring affection and interest in Wales made him an outstanding winner of this year’s Philanthropy Award.