Creative Internships Blog Week 3
Louisa Turner, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
I’m Louisa and I’ve been placed at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). I am so excited to be here. I have very nearly completed the Arts Management MA at the college so it is great to now be working for an organisation that has had such a positive effect in my own life. Before the Masters I graduated from a BA Music degree at Cardiff University so I have been in Wales for 4 years and believe it is such a brilliant place for the arts.
Growing up surrounded by music, I have witnessed first-hand the pleasure and joy the arts can bring to people’s lives. Developing a career in fundraising and development was therefore a step that seemed very natural for me, but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Arts funding has been dwindling over recent years so the sector must be actively seeking a diverse range of income streams and be creative in their approach; not a task to be taken lightly. I was over the moon when Arts & Business Cymru offered me a place on the Creative Internship scheme, as I had not seen another internship programme that offered such a high level of guidance and support (not to mention a fee!).
The RWCMD really is such a thriving organisation offering so much to those who come into contact with it. Being placed here provides me with an interesting overview of fundraising for an educational institution that also operates as a public arts venue. Over the next few months I will be dipping my toes into all areas of fundraising and developing key skills for building and maintaining relationships with key funders, as well as exploring potential new avenues. I am also very excited and privileged to be helping run some events in London and Cardiff, building a base of contacts.
It’s going to be a huge learning curve but it’s great that I have the other interns to share experiences and lessons with.