30 March 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 25

Ava Plowright, Wales Millennium Centre

Unbelievably, here we are at the end of March! And for us in the Development team at the Centre, this can only mean one thing – the dreaded end of the Financial Year.

The last few weeks have been filled with chasing invoices, reconciling our accounts and working extra hard to ensure we bring in any last donations before the cut-off point. All of this is to ensure we perform as well as possible against our fundraising target for the year, to make sure the amazing community and educational projects held at the Centre can continue. 

Amongst all the busy financial work, last week I made my TV debut representing Arts & Business Cymru and the Creative Internships initiative, on the Made in Cardiff channel. Although it was a slightly scary prospect, I was really happy to help raise awareness for this scheme which has already benefitted me in so many ways, and was really impressed with the outcome!

Doing this interview got me thinking about the Creative Internships scheme and its value. Looking back to the beginning of my Masters study in Arts Management, I would never have predicted that, a year and a half later, I would be actively pursuing a career in fundraising. I hardly even realised that fundraising was an actual job within the arts. Learning about fundraising was, and still is, a revelation to me – I’ve discovered a path which is compatible with my skillset, which lets me work closely with the artistic world which has always been so close to my heart, and which, most importantly, has the power to really make a difference.

I can’t help thinking that there are lots of students out there who, like me, are desperate to forge a career in the arts but are unsure how to make this a reality. Arts fundraising offers a real, viable career path for students and graduates like us, whilst also offering the chance to help the arts to survive and thrive. This makes it even more important that we continue to reinforce the importance of arts fundraising, and spread the message far and wide. 

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