Royal Northern College of Music


The Royal Northern College of Music is a unique institution; an internationally-renowned music conservatoire, a vibrant regional arts centre and a vital community resource. We have over 700 music students studying from undergraduate to PhD level from around 60 different countries, as well as annual audiences of over 100,000 who attend our 4 public venues. Events range from internationally acclaimed classical musicians, to our own student performances and festivals to world, folk and jazz music.

The recent PRS for Music’s Top 100 music venues placed RNCM as 7th in the whole of UK. With over 450 events a year there is no shortage of music here. Our 40th anniversary year comes to an end in July 2013 after which we turn our attentions to the next 40 years.

As the Dare Fundraising Academy Fellow you will have the opportunity to get involved with our £5m capital campaign, with a particular focus on the refurbishment of our concert hall. You will work with the Individual Giving Manager to develop strategies and activity to involve audiences, students, alumni and local organisations who use the hall to become engaged in fundraising on our behalf. Before this we will ask you to take a hands-on role in the running of our 3rd annual gala dinner. This is a fundraising dinner with entertainment seated on the set of our Christmas opera for approximately 180 guests from both the corporate sector and individual supporters.

These two projects will give you experience in major event management, corporate fundraising and a range of individual giving approaches. It will also give you ample opportunity to develop fundraising database skills. We shall ensure you have an opportunity to learn about trust fundraising which is a crucial element of our income for scholarships and bursaries for our students.

Depending on the candidate chosen we shall identify an appropriate smaller organisation that you would like to work with for the final couple of months of your Fellowship to enable you to use your learning and skills in more of a leadership role.

Kate Seeckts, Development Director