Vaizey to address arts fund-raising at TMA event

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Conservative culture minister Ed Vaizey is to speak at an upcoming Theatrical Management Association event addressing fund-raising within the arts.

Vaizey will outline the Tory party's proposals for philanthropy in relation to the arts sector at the symposium, which will take place on April 16 at the Magic Circle in London.

"This sort of event is hugely important to emphasise the opportunities that exist to support theatres as well as other arts organisations," said Vaizey. "It's vital politicians provide the kind of leadership that will encourage more - and more generous - giving to the arts."

Other speakers will include Lady Sainsbury of Turville, chair of the Royal Shakespeare Company's theatre development appeal, Adrian Morgan, general manager of the Library Theatre in Manchester and Dorothy Wilson, director of Midlands Arts Centre.

The symposium is sponsored by Blackbaud. Christopher Goodhart, managing director of Blackbaud's arts and cultural division, said: "In the current funding climate, theatres and performing arts organisations across the UK are finding themselves under more pressure than ever before to focus on generating their own revenue. Consequently, events such as this are crucial in providing arts and cultural organisations with guidance on how best to maximise their revenue streams, ensuring financial security and independence for years to come."