30 October 2020back

Fundraising for the Future

A&B Cymru’s Creative Internships Programme continues to play a key role in the sustainability of the arts in Wales.   

The innovative initiative, which places recent graduates into arts organisations as trainee fundraisers, was devised to increase the number of skilled professionals in this area.  
Following the success of the programme’s first seven years, a new intake of interns has been selected to begin placements with Welsh organisations this month.

Since its inception in 2013, 24 new professional fundraisers have entered the arts workplace. Between them, they have so far raised over £3.1 million directly for the sector. 

Welsh arts organisations are currently encountering unprecedented financial challenges as they try to adapt their work to comply with the restrictions of the pandemic.  The unavoidable loss of income that many are facing makes the Creative Internships Programme more important than ever to the sector. 

Thanks for the funding support from Arts Council of Wales Lottery and Moondance Foundation, five interns will begin ten-month placements on 2 November 2020.  They are:

  • Eleanor Benson, who has recently achieved an MA in Arts Management from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, will be placed with The Aloud Charity.
  • Bex Betton, who has a BA in Scriptwriting from University of South Wales, will do her internship as part of the arts team at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.
  • Aled Rosser, a Music graduate of Bangor University, has been placed with Cwmni’r Theatr Frân Wen on Anglesey where he will undertake his training through the medium of Welsh.
  • Macx Roche, who has a BA in Theatre Design & Production from University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will be placed in Wales’ National Welsh Language theatre company, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, in Carmarthen.
  • Greta Bettinson will be placed as a Strand 2 intern at Hijinx Theatre, having completed a Strand 1 placement in July at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.  Greta will use the skills she developed while working with the expert fundraising team at the College to benefit the inclusive theatre company.

Sarah Horner, CEO at Hijinx said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a Creative Internship at Hijinx this year. In the current climate, fundraising is hugely challenging, yet remains vital to the sustainability and resilience of charities. The support that this role will offer the wider Hijinx team cannot be underplayed, enabling us to grow our fundraising work, and diversify our approaches. Plus, we get the chance to bring some fresh new thinking into our work – we’re really looking forward to welcoming a new member of the Hijinx family.”

All five interns will be allocated two expert Mentors – one business and one arts – and receive comprehensive support throughout their placements to maximise their learning and help ensure success. 

For further information about the Creative Internships Programme, visit www.aandbcymru.org.uk or e-mail rachel.jones@aandbcymru.org.uk

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Arts & Business Cymru says...

A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones, said “I am delighted that we are able to continue delivering this important programme, despite the challenging environment we are all currently operating in.  With the extreme loss of income that so many arts organisations are facing, encouraging young people into a career in arts fundraising has never been so important.  We received over 100 high quality applications from graduates wishing to participate in this year’s programme and I believe that the successful candidates will all play a truly positive role in the future sustainability of the arts in Wales.”