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Monday, June 16, 2014

Met and Ramsbottom Festival Director David Agnew awarded one of seven grants for visionary cultural entrepreneurs

The Met’s Director David Agnew has been awarded one of seven new Breakthrough Funding Grants from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for visionary cultural entrepreneurs.


The Breakthrough Fund looks for outstanding individuals with compelling visions for how to make great things happen in the arts. The grants are the result of a confidential nomination system wherein 25 nominators identified 49 individuals from across the arts world that they believe to be suitable for support from the fund, leading to a competitive selection process.


David’s grant will allow him to produce events and festivals working with The Met and new networks of venues in the North West, many of whom have limited arts programming, to build strong, distinctive programmes and to attract sustained, enthusiastic audiences.


Launched in 2008, the Fund has now made a total of 22 grants. The awards span individuals working across many art forms, located throughout the UK, active in many different areas of the arts, and operating in the subsidised and non-subsidised sectors.


Other grantees for 2014 include Liz O’Neill from Z-Arts in Manchester, Jimmy Akingbola and Fraser Ayres of TriForce Promotions in London, Emma Jordan from Prime Cut Productions in Belfast, Zeon Richards from Renowned Group in London, John Rostron of Swn in Cardiff and Magdalena Schamberger from Hearts and Minds in Edinburgh.


For further information on the Paul Hamlin Foundation Breakthrough Fund and its recipients visit http://www.phf.org.uk/