Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


School receives prestigious National Portfolio (NPO) grant

July 26th, 2017

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries has been awarded a prestigious National Portfolio (NPO) grant of as part of £2Million worth of funding awarded to a consortium led by Cause4 and including the Arts Marketing Association.

The core aim of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP) consortium is to transform arts and cultural organisations’ fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success.

Expert panel on arts fundraising post-Brexit as part of the 2017 National Summer School

As part of this grant, the School has been awarded in excess of £200,000 over four years from April 2018 to deliver the following activities:

  • Two National Summer Schools in Arts Fundraising and Leadership (2019 and 2021), which will enable delegates to progress onto the established PG Cert Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • A SPOC (Small Private Online Course) targeted at arts and cultural leaders exploring aspects of organisational change and development
  • A series of webinars to support the Summer School and SPOC
  • Four research seminars to critically explore policy issues such as resilience, sustainability and philanthropy

Dr Ben Walmsley, Associate Professor in Audience Engagement and Director of the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy commented:

‘I’m delighted that Arts Council England have shown their confidence in the University of Leeds alongside our consortium partners Cause4 and the Arts Marketing Association. This National Portfolio grant means that we can carry on planning high level accredited courses that combine research-led teaching with the real needs of the arts and cultural sector. Over the next 4-5 years, we will be developing a suite of online learning materials for arts fundraisers, managers and leaders, which will help them to develop themselves and their organisations. Our goal is to support sector change by upskilling key arts professionals in aspects of income generation, cultural entrepreneurship, change management and leadership. We’re also looking forward to the challenge of addressing emerging tools and trends such as mobile giving and social finance.’

The School will deliver these activities in association with the Cultural Institute and Leeds University Business School.


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