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The Albany and Rich Mix awarded Catalyst funding

The Albany is proud to announce that, in a collaborative application with Rich Mix in Tower Hamlets, we have received £240,000 investment from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) through the new Catalyst funding programme.


Each organisation will receive up to £120,000 over 3 years with the aim of enhancing artistic activity with diverse audiences and demonstrate how fundraising partnerships can work in practice.

The joint application from the Albany and Rich Mix has been highlighted by the Arts Council as an innovative example in which Catalyst funding will be used to boost fundraising capacity.

Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Albany, Gavin Barlow, said: ‘This will give a real lift to our fundraising efforts over the next few years which will enable us to deliver more for our audiences.  It also builds on our successful partnership with Rich Mix as we continue to develop a pioneering approach to sharing resources and ideas across our two organisations’

The Catalyst Arts scheme aims to make arts organisations more sustainable, resilient and innovative by increasing their fundraising potential and attracting new money to invest in additional artistic work.

The Arts Council has made awards to organisations that are committed to making a step-change in their approach to fundraising by finding innovative ways to identify and make themselves more attractive to donors; and to make sure that donors want to keep on giving.

More details about the Catalyst funding scheme can be found on the Arts Council England website. Click here to read the full announcement.


POSTED: 17 May