We recently welcomed our newest addition to the team – Eleanor! She joins us as part of her Creative Internships Programme held in partnership with Arts & Business Cymru and will be assisting mainly in the fundraising department.
We sat down (virtually) with Eleanor to find out more about her background and aspiration.
1.Can you introduce yourself and your role with The Aloud Charity?
I’m Eleanor, from The Lake District. I’m a Modern Languages graduate and recently completed my MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Arts Management.
After moving here last year I fell in love with Cardiff (and Wales!) and am utterly delighted to be staying here and joining The Aloud Charity.
I will be taking part in the Creative Internships Programme held in partnership with Arts & Business Cymru for the next 10 months as a trainee fundraiser. Aside from working mainly in the fundraising department, I’ll be helping out with other aspects including marketing and events.
2.How long have you been with Aloud?
I’ve been here just 4 days but it feels a lot longer already!
3.What inspired you to take this role on?
Music and performance has always been a huge part of my life, and from a young age I was fortunate enough to have life-changing opportunities to learn musical instruments, participate in ensembles and sing in choirs. Therefore The Aloud Charity’s ethos and values really resonated with me; I knew I would fit in well and felt passionate about contributing to the wonderful organisation’s success.
My vocational Master’s degree in Arts Management at RWCMD gave me an excellent insight into fundraising for the arts and creative industries, as well as in marketing and managing events.
Training in various aspects of fundraising proved a real highlight and whet my appetite; I was excited to put my knowledge into practise and see how fundraising and development plays out in real life situations.
I also felt particularly drawn to fundraise for community engagement initiatives or transformative arts projects. In a time when arts fundraising and resilience is critical, I was inspired to play my part to ensure the future of such vital projects. This programme was therefore the perfect opportunity for me.
4.If you had to give a piece of advice to anyone thinking of joining The Aloud Charity what would that be?
Don’t be afraid to get stuck in, ask questions and get to know everybody in the Aloud family! They are a really friendly team with a great sense of purpose and positivity.
5.What are you hoping to see in the future?
I look forward to seeing how my fundraising efforts directly impact the charity’s income and its organisational profile, as well as its ability to carry out new and exciting projects over the next year.