Festival to get Fundraising Fellow

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has been selected as one of four South West arts organisations to host an outstanding graduate fundraising Fellow with the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme.

The first of its kind in the UK, the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme hopes to create the next generation of leading development directors to reinvigorate the arts fundraising landscape. The scheme hopes to improve perceptions of the arts as a charitable cause and advance fundraising practice within the arts sector, focusing on entrepreneurialism and leadership.

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium recently announced that there would be a further recruitment round for the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme, now seeking four exceptional fundraising Fellows to be based within host organisations around the South West of England. This follows the successful recruitment of eleven fundraising Fellows for the North of England and London.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has been chosen as one of four host organisations alongside Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Circomedia and Hall for Cornwall. All four organisations have been chosen because they embody the breadth of innovative and exceptional art produced and presented across the region.

Each of the four graduate Fellows will be given the opportunity to work closely with their host organisation to gain hands-on experience from experts in the field, further supported by a diverse training and learning programme, including a bursary to attend the National Arts Fundraising School, run by the Management Centre.

Toby Smith, Festival Director at Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, says: “We are honoured to be one of four South West organisations to be hosting a Fellow from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme over the year ahead. All arts organisations are facing unprecedented challenges in negotiating the new funding landscape, and this programme will be the most significant initiative over the next years to equip us to rise to those challenges in creative, entrepreneurial ways, based on genuine partnerships between the arts and those that support them.”

The application window is now open, closing on Friday 11 October at 5.00 pm, and the four selected South West Fellows will take up their roles in November 2013.