Creative Internships Blog Week 27
Eleanor Prescott, Wales Millennium Centre
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been learning the ropes of account management here at the Centre, arranging meetings with corporates, booking in tickets, getting to grips with adding on their contributions in Tessitura (tricky!) and benefitting from one of Arts & Business Cymru’s training courses on sponsorship, which is helping me to shape a proposal I am currently working on. During the course there was an engaging talk from Pat Ashman of Principality Building Society, who gave the attendees some valuable insight into the business perspective of a sponsorship. I found the course particularly useful because it had a mix of presentation about fundraising guidelines from the perspective of the arts organisation, discussion from the viewpoint of the business, and also group activities which enabled me to put the new skills into practice.
We also held a supporter event here at the Centre a couple of weeks ago around Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes which gave me the opportunity to put some names to faces at last. Getting to know the supporters hardly feels like work and is more of an enjoyable part of it, but there is a lot of work that goes on beforehand to ensure that they receive the best hospitality we can offer and added benefits such as Q&As with dancers from the show and post-show set tours can be delivered. All in all it was a successful evening, with one supporter who previously held firm that he was a not a fan of dance shows ensured us his mind had been changed by the end of The Red Shoes - and he’d be back for the next one.
Lastly, I was delighted to discover that my first trust application for our community outreach work surrounding Tiger Bay has been successful!View all news