16 December 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 12

Elizabeth Day, Sinfonia Cymru

It’s the morning after the day before. I’m a little bleary eyed, dishevelled and my brain feels like it’s still drizzling out of my ear (albeit slowed to a lazy drip).

Yesterday I travelled to Bristol for a day of intensive training in individual giving with David Dixon, founder of The Phone Room, former Director of Development at the Oxford Playhouse and general fundraising consultancy wizard. It was a brilliant session, and very intense. I left the Watershed feeling like my head was about to explode. 

Incidentally my arts mentor Lucy Stout worked with David some years ago, carrying out a large-scale individual campaign to increase long-term income generation. I first heard about David Dixon having read his case study about Lucy’s campaign at Welsh National Opera (at which time she was Director of Development) in Cultural Giving by Theresa Lloyd. Somewhat of a fan girl these days having starting to develop knowledge of who’s who in the fundraising world, I was enthralled to have the opportunity to learn from the other party in this particular campaign, who had brought such success to one of Wales’ most excellent and iconic cultural organisations.

This training was incredibly timely. I’ve been working on a report for Sinfonia Cymru, culminating all the research I recently carried out about our Friends and Patrons and had reached a bit of standstill in the process. As I listened to David, reflecting on what I had learned about Sinfonia Cymru, I was hit with a wave of clarity. In that singular moment, I had learned more about what I was trying to do than I had in 2 weeks of researching and reading case studies, and I felt the stumbling block that had been holding me back crumble.

It was with great enthusiasm and inspiration that I rang up Sophie Lewis, General Manager to relay to her what I had learned and how it affects Sinfonia Cymru. And though I sit in the office dishevelled and bleary eyed, I am invigorated by this latest learning curve.

My halfway meeting with A&B Cymru is next week and is an opportunity to reflect on the internship so far and how the next 3 months of my time is going to be used. I’m quietly sad. Halfway through means it won’t be long until the end of my time here. I love working with this organisation and hope my contribution will go some way towards making their future brighter. If there is one thing that Sinfonia Cymru has taught me thus far, it is to be bold, and be brave. 

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