London’s Old Vic Theatre is to begin hosting free monthly fundraising workshops for small arts organisations.
The scheme is the result of a new partnership between the theatre and consultancy company Achates Philanthropy, which focuses on helping arts organisations to fundraise and become more financially resilient.
It aims to address a “skills shortage in the creative industries” and enable small arts organisations to “access quality advice and support”.
Achates Philanthropy will deliver the first of the breakfast workshops, called The One Change You Can Make for Successful Fundraising, on October 15.
The next workshop is scheduled for November 5, with the sessions to then take place monthly.
Attendees will be asked to propose subjects to explore in future sessions.
Workshops will initially take place in the Old Vic’s Baylis Bar before relocating to the Annex when the development is completed.
Executive director at the Old Vic, Kate Varah, said: “For more than 200 years the Old Vic has been committed to supporting local and cultural communities.
“Today, we work with thousands of people to help them access the arts and develop the skills and networks they need to pursue their creative potential.
“Working with partners, such as Achates Philanthropy, helps us to make even more of an impact and, as we look to the future, we are grateful for their support.”
Caroline McCormick, director of Achates Philanthropy, said: “Achates Philanthropy is committed to supporting a thriving arts ecosystem and we know that supporting emerging and small organisations is essential to this.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Old Vic to ensure that as many groups as possible can benefit from this free service and to extend our ever-growing community of vibrant arts talent.”
Organisations wishing to register an interest in the workshops should contact Achates Philanthropy.