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Thoughts on commencement of the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme by Jim Culleton Artistic Director Fishamble: The New Play Company

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I am delighted and honoured that Fishamble is one of the partner organisations participating in the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin Programme.

Fishamble will celebrate its 30th birthday in 2018, and is looking forward to marking this stage in its history with a prolific programme of productions, national and international touring, and a range of training, development and dramaturgical initiatives.  With this busy programme of work, the time feels right to expand our Fundraising and Marketing impact.

We have benefitted from the Business to Arts New Stream programme in the past, especially as part of the DeVos programme at the Kennedy Center, which helped us realise the potential Fishamble has to create partnerships and associations with sponsors and Friends, which not only enhance the experience that people have with Fishamble, but also help to diversify the company’s sources of income. Fishamble is keen to maximise on this knowledge, and to expand its network of supporters and its capacity to fundraise.  However, with a very small number of core staff members, and an annual programme of work that typically includes over 200 performances of 7 productions in about 60 venues, this has not been possible until now.  We are not alone in this dilemma, as many arts organisations struggle to find the time needed to dedicate to fundraising, with a small number of staff and a busy programme of artistic activity.  The establishment of the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme in response to this need, is a great credit to Business to Arts and Dublin’s Culture Connects. It has certainly happened at the perfect time for Fishamble.

We are thrilled to have appointed Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan as the Fundraising Fellow, who will be mentored and supported over the next two years by Fishamble and Business to Arts.  We look forward to being part of this new and exciting initiative, as Fishamble grows its network of supporters and sponsors for the future, and as we enter our thirties.

Jim Culleton
Artistic Director
Fishamble: The New Play Company

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