Fundraising for the Future
A&B Cymru's Creative Internships Programme continues to go from strength to strength
|Emma Hastings, Wales Millennium Centre||Gwenni Jenkins Jones, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama|
The innovative initiative, which places recent graduates into arts organisations as trainee fundraisers, was devised to increase the number of skilled professionals in this area.
Since its inception in 2013, 20 new fundraisers have already entered the workplace in Wales. This year’s scheme has enjoyed another successful year and all four interns who completed placements in July have been employed by their host arts organisations.
Emma Hastings, Gwenni Jenkins Jones, Megan Stokes & Sara Wiliam have been employed in fundraising roles by Wales Millennium Centre, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Theatr Clwyd and Rubicon Dance respectively.
See below video of Sara Wiliam, who's now employed by Rubicon Dance, explaining the benefits of the scheme:
Rachel Jones, A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely thrilled that another 4 dedicated fundraisers are now working in the arts in Wales, thanks to the Creative Internships Programme. There has never been a greater need for these skilled professionals and A&B Cymru is delighted to be able to play a role in ensuring the future health and sustainability of arts organisations across the country through our work”.
Rebecca Hobbs, who completed her internship in 2016 and is the now Development Officer at National Dance Company Wales said:
“The A&B Cymru Creative Internships Programme is considered to be one of the biggest accolades for arts graduates in Wales. The programme introduced me to a new career that I am extremely passionate about and helped me to find the confidence to stand on my own two feet as a professional fundraiser in a thriving and challenging industry."
The 7th year of the scheme is currently being confirmed and will see five new interns being placed with arts organisations in early October, thanks to funding from Arts Council of Wales and Backstage Trust.
|Megan Stokes, Theatr Clwyd||Sara Wiliam, Rubicon Dance|
The Creative Internships Programme is made possible thanks to the vital support of: