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DARE partnership to help develop new fundraising talent


Opera North will be the grant holder for a £2m The Arts Council Arts Council award to strengthen fundraising skills in the arts.

The Company, through its DARE collaboration with the University of Leeds, is leading The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium, which was selected to be the official national delivery partner for the Arts Council’s Transforming arts fundraising programme.  

Other partners include Cause 4, the Arts Marketing Association, the Philanthropy Foundation, the Visual Arts and Galleries Association, Theatres Management Association, Dance UK and the Free World Centre.

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme will deliver an England-wide collaborative programme of training, apprenticeships, coaching, digital skills and innovative practice aimed at transforming arts fundraising. A team of arts and charity-sector fundraisers, coaches and practitioners, all passionate about developing arts fundraising, has devised this programme, which seeks to identify new talent and to support leadership in fundraising across the arts sector.

There will be an intensive 12 month traineeships (based in London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-Gateshead and Liverpool) aimed at attracting new entrepreneurial fundraising talent into the sector. More information on how people can benefit from the grant will be available by April 2013.

Richard Mantle, Opera North’s general director and chair of the Consortium’s management board, said: “Opera North is committed to strengthening and supporting a flourishing cultural sector by developing those skills fundamental to our sustainability.  Fundraising in the arts needs to be dynamic and we are delighted to be collaborating with leading practitioners and sector experts.”

 A range of bursaries will also be offered to The Management Centre’s National Arts Fundraising School and two summer schools based on leadership and enterprise skills developed will be delivered by the Cranfield Bettany School of Entrepreneurship and the University of Leeds.

For further information on the grant please click here.

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