DARE is a unique collaboration between Opera North and the University of Leeds, the first partnership of its kind in the UK.

We combine the very best of both organisations to deliver an outstanding and challenging programme, which leads cultural thought, learning and practice. Over 107 projects have been initiated since the creation of DARE in 2006, engaging practitioners, academics, students and audiences.  See DARE at a glance for a brief snapshot of the scale, diversity and impact of what we do.

DARE Fundraising Fellowships

Recruitment is now open for Host Organisations and Fellows.

The Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme offers paid, 12-month fellowships for talented individuals to gain a rounded experience of arts fundraising and the skills necessary to be future leaders in the field. It provides hands-on learning within the development department of a leading arts organisation, supported by a tailored schedule of training, mentoring and coaching.

For the second year of the programme we are seeking 15 arts organisations – 5 in London, 5 in the North of England and 5 in the South West of England – to host a Fundraising Fellow, October 2014 – September 2015. DARE manages the fellowships in the North and Cause4 manages the fellowships in London and the South West.

Experience in the first six months of Year One of the programme has already demonstrated a positive impact on both the Fellows and their Host Organisations.  In addition to fast-tracking the Fellows’ own learning and career development, it has provided Host Organisations with increased fundraising, infrastructure, knowledge and capacity, and more active fundraising networks.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of Arts Council England

“We have the opportunity, with Arts Council funding and a partnership between the University of Leeds, Cause4 and Opera North to bring on a new cohort of fundraisers with greater skills to raise more money for Arts and Culture in the future.

This programme will strengthen fundraising in the Arts by bringing forward a new generation of highly skilled and motivated fundraisers who can use all the new ways of funding, including all the possibilities of the digital world and data collection, so that is has multiple revenue streams to sit aside strong public funding and investment.”

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See below for a video interview with the fellows in the North: