I am Kate Danielson and I have been a producer and programme director in the arts and cultural sector for over 30 years. Since 2010 I have been at the forefront of the drive to open up careers in the arts for those without the funding or networks to work for free. Changing the diversity of the sector is a long-term goal and I use my experience of working in partnerships to create change and being an Ambassador for how to do it and why to do it.
I have a long track record of creating financial stability in organisations, as an experienced trustee, consultant and fundraiser, with a particular focus on promoting the social impact of the arts. Working closely with funders throughout my career, I have developed an in depth knowledge of philanthropic funding.
I work in music, theatre, visual arts, cross arts and festivals and have experience in both the commercial and subsidised sectors. I create partnerships, find funders and provide the links between creative teams and the business world. My aim is to build powerful partnerships and get things done with the right team sitting round the table.
In Gloucester, I was a founding member of the Interim Culture Board, building partnerships across the city to ensure that culture is embedded in the heart of the city's development for the good of all. A £1.5m grant in 2017 from ACE/HLF's Great Place programme has created significant changes in the city. Since 2017, I have been Project Director for the Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange, working with the Culture Trust to bring together £450,000 multi-year funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and from Great Place to create partnerships both within the city’s cultural organisations (the brilliant Strike a Light, The Music Works, the Guildhall, Your Next Move) and, as a city, with the Roundhouse in Camden. The aim is to provide opportunities for the city’s young people, the leaders of the future, who have been missing out on accessing creative skills and careers.
Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries
I have always been passionate about supporting emerging talent and have a strong background working with those starting out in their careers. With my fabulous colleagues at Jerwood Arts, I devised and have run the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme since 2010, providing a step-change opportunity for creatives from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. The fourth edition launches in September 2020 with 50 new organisations and 50 Fellows partnering to create a change to the way the arts and cultural sector recruits and retains talent from different backgrounds.
Garfield Weston Foundation 60th Anniversary
As project manager for Garfield Weston Foundation’s 60th Anniversary in 2018, I worked with the Director to plan and manage a range of very special events and projects to celebrate the huge impact the Foundation has had on this country as one of the largest UK grant-giving charities. As well as celebrating the £1billionth grant, the one-off Weston Anniversary Fund for community capital projects distributed over £11million to charities across the UK. We produced the 60th Anniversary Book and a film to mark the occasion.
My clients, past and present, include:
- Jerwood Arts
- Royal Drawing School
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- Gloucester Culture Trust
- Gloucester City Council
- Cheltenham Festivals
- Create Gloucestershire
- Jerwood Foundation
- Punchdrunk Theatre
- Bristol Old Vic
- Crafts Council
- London Word Festival
- A New Direction
- St George's Bristol