Clare Norburn reflects on her time at Future Talent

Clare Norburn joined us in January on a short term contract and has been working on trusts and foundations applications and a strategy to help raise more funds for our work.  Now that she is nearing the end of the project, she talks about her time with us:

I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Future Talent team and I’m going to be sorry to say goodbye!  I’ve been working with Craig and Sheree since the start of the year on a strategy to increase income for the charity.  Future Talent is at an exciting time in its development but to realise our ambitious plans to reach more children across the UK, we need money.  That means broadening the range of our donors, so that we can carry on the good work in transforming the prospects of the amazing young musicians with whom Future Talent works.

I’d always heard great things about Future Talent but what has been particularly exciting for me was to learn more about the real impact the Charity’s work has on the lives of those young musicians.  Some of the stories that the young people and their families tell us are really inspirational and moving:

Future Talent young musician Alex Wilson recently won a place at Eton College to study his A levels from September.  He also received a full Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship which will cover all his music costs.

“Without the funding and opportunities that Future Talent has provided over the last five years, it would not have been possible for Alex to have achieved all that he has in music.  Your support has opened many doors, which would otherwise be unimaginableWhat a fantastic job you all do!  Alex hopes that one day he will be able to offer something back to Future Talent”  [Tania Wilson]

It’s hard to see how anyone can be unmoved by that!

I think sometimes people think that trust fundraising can be a bit dry and boring – but actually, telling these amazing life-changing stories to potential funders is a really rewarding thing to do.  Now that I’ve done the hard work, it’s a waiting game.  I’m looking forward to hearing how the applications do – and, of course, to following Future Talent’s plans as it continues to grow and thrive.

Clare Norburn