16 June 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 33

Elizabeth Day, Sinfonia Cymru

You know you’re settled in when your desk is a constant mess and the office walls are littered with your fundraising inspired mind maps, timescales and post-it notes. I’ve never been particularly good at organising myself using digital technology but Sinfonia Cymru have embraced my mess, and me it seems. I feel well and truly part of the family.

It’s that notion of family and belonging that has been central to the ethos of restructuring the current Friends and Patrons offer from Sinfonia Cymru. The orchestra is at an exciting point. Diversifying and pushing musical boundaries, exploring new ways of presenting quality chamber music and developing an accessible participatory music education programme for harder to reach groups. But in with the new shouldn’t mean out with the old and I’ve been working with Sinfonia Cymru to strengthen relationships with our supporters, encourage new supporters to join us and create a progression route with clear tiers of giving. 

One of the other projects I have the pleasure of working on is developing a partnership with Bristol-based accessible music hub, Drake Music. Working on an Arts Council application for the partner organisation has given a completely different perspective of fundraising for Sinfonia Cymru and challenged me to look at ways to raise match funding and organise budgets for projects. Fundraising in a small organisation really is a holistic process. It’s not just about the words you put on the piece of paper, it’s about knowing and understanding every element of how it comes together, what decisions you need to make and why. It’s been invaluable being thrown into the project planning side of working with Sinfonia Cymru, helping to make those key decisions and I’m so excited to be able to help make the first part of a new community programme happen.

It’s been a whirlwind of a journey on the Creative Internship. I can’t quite believe it’s nearly at an end! So what’s next for me? Well, fundraising! The internship has challenged me, educated me, opened doors for me and inspired me. I’m currently fundraising to build The Other Room, Cardiff’s first pub theatre, in partnership with director, Kate Wasserberg. Using everything I’ve learned so far, we ran a successful crowd funding campaign raising £7,555, gained two corporate sponsorship deals and have upcoming meetings with a foundation to fund our capital project. So thank you A&B Cymru for the amazing opportunity. It’s been an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to start the next chapter!  

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