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 Academy - First Class Appointed
The first class of the DARE Fundraising Academy (DFA) have been appointed to four leading arts organisations in the North.
The Fellowship programme was created by DARE and award-winning fundraising and development organisation Cause4, which supports charities and social enterprises across the community, arts, sports and education sectors.
Bex Shindler – TATE Liverpool
“I think [the DFA] will really highlight the importance of arts fundraising and enhance its profile both within arts organisations and in the private sector, and also to recent graduates as an exciting career path that they can choose to take.”
Adam Cooper – Sage Gateshead
“The fundraising fellowship represented the chance for me to do something important, to make a difference with my life and my career. We need great fundraisers in this country to protect our fantastic arts heritage, and I wanted to be a part of that movement, to do something worthwhile.”
Tom Bevan – RNCM
“The most exciting aspect of working at the RNCM is the fact that it is not only one of the best music venues in the UK but an internationally renowned music conservatoire which means it offers two aspects of fundraising – as an arts organisation and a leading higher education institution.”
Sarah Johnston – Opera North
“There is so much change and uncertainty in the arts fundraising sector but the key challenge for me [as a fellow] will be to try out new methods and access non-traditional funding routes where possible. It’s exciting to be among the first Fundraising Fellows and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.”
Click here to find out more about the fellows.
New Composers Forum – Finalists Announced
The second DARE New Composer’s Forum aims to bridge the yawning gap in the opportunities available for composers to evaluate their symphonic work in a professional context.
It offers emerging composers a rare chance to create work for full orchestra and to develop that work with renowned conductor and composer Elgar Howarth together with the Orchestra of Opera North.
There will be a public performance of the chosen works on 29th November to which composers, conductors, critics and representatives of publishing houses will be invited.
The work will be recorded by Opera North and a copy given to each composer.
The opportunity is open all composers resident in the UK and Ireland who have not yet had the opportunity to work with a professional orchestra and have not yet had a publishing contract.
For information on this year’s forum or to an express an interest in applying for next year’s forum, contact Lesley Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.