Seminar: Philanthropy and Fundraising for Arts and Culture

Brakeley Nordic is organizing a seminar in Stockholm on 15 March on philanthropy and fundraising for arts and culture. The seminar is held in English.

•Lucy S. Blythe, managing director of Philia International
•Staffan Scheja, pro vice-chancellor at Royal College of Music
•Maria Jansén, director general of Statens Historiska Museer (National Historical Museums) and Chair of The Association of Swedish Museums (Riksförbundet Sveriges museer)
•Nina Beckmann, director of Grafikens Hus
•Johan Wennström, managing director of Brakeley Nordic
•Additional speakers will be added

The arts and culture sector in the Nordic region is increasingly looking into the possibilities of philanthropic gifts and other private support to realize specific initiatives and to diversify their funding. So far, the universities have worked in a more structured way with fundraising than the arts and culture sector, and more universities have also carried out major fundraising campaigns. However, new legislation in Sweden means that it, since 2014, is possible to set up charitable foundations that specifically support culture in Sweden. In what way does the culture sector take care of this new opportunity?

Lucy BlytheWe have invited Lucy S. Blythe, managing director of Philia International to Stockholm for international inspiration. Ms. Blythe has more than 30 years of experience of fundraising in the US and UK. Among other things she has led major fundraising campaigns at San Diego Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Royal Society of the Arts. Lucy S. Blythe is now a consultant in Brakeley’s international network.

Staffan Scheja svartvittAfter that, Staffan Scheja, pro vice-chancellor at the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm will present the experiences of the recently completed fundraising campaign of KMH. During the campaign, KMH raised more than SEK 80 M from primarily foundations and individuals to develop their new campus.

We conclude the seminar with a panel discussion about opportunities and challenges for philanthropic support within the arts and culture sector from a Nordic perspective.

Nina Beckmann_low_Jimmy Eriksson svNina Beckmann, director of the contemporary art museum Grafikens Hus will join the panel discussion and briefly present the role of private support for the development of Grafikens Hus. The whole museum, with workshops and a big art collection was destroyed in a fire 2014 in Mariefred and is now to be rebuilt in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

JANSEN2Maria Jansén is director general of Statens Historiska Museer (National Historical Museums) which comprise six museums in Sweden. She is also Chair of The Association of Swedish Museums (Riksförbundet Sveriges museer). Maria Jansén will join the panel discussion.

Place and time
Hörsalen at Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6 in Stockholm
15 March 3pm-5pm followed by a mingle (registration from 2.45pm)

1500:- SEK excl VAT. Early bird price before 16th of February: 950:- SEK excl VAT. 

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We wish you a warm welcome!