National School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

National School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

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Led by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, this week-long residential course for arts professionals and fundraisers is led by academics, senior practitioners and consultants from the arts and cultural sector.

Participants gain critical insight into useful case studies and an academic context in which to discuss the skills required to lead and develop arts organisations in ever more challenging times. 

This executive programme focuses on arts fundraising and leadership, exploring topics such as the history of philanthropy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity. As well as a week of intensive study and practical activity, the School also offers time out for reflection – a rare chance for delegates to step back from the day-to-day pressures of working life in the arts, share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and actively engage in new thinking and strategic planning.


"The course has been exceptional in quality, with a high standard of theory presented in a variety of teaching styles. My aim was to learn and consolidate previous knowledge and this has been met and will feed into the future academic and professional practice."

- 2017 delegate