Guildhall School of Music & Drama supports new cohort of nine Creative Entrepreneurs

18th September, 2014

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama today announced its second cohort of nine alumni and staff who will be supported to set up their own businesses/social enterprises and develop their entrepreneurship skills through its Creative Entrepreneurs scheme.

The successful alumni will take part in an intensive 12-month programme of training and individual support led by fundraising and development enterprise Cause4 and delivered in partnership with Guildhall.

Training will be provided in business planning, marketing, sales and funding, and individual support will include the provision of mentoring, coaching and business plan development. The growing ventures will inhabit a dedicated space within the Cause4 offices in Liverpool Street, which can be used both creatively and as office space. The aim of the scheme is to enable these entrepreneurs to develop sustainable businesses and secure vital seed funding at the end of the year.

Applications were open to recent alumni and staff of the Guildhall School and were assessed on the basis of strength of the business concept, its readiness for development, the artistic quality of the venture and the anticipated contribution to the Guildhall School and community.

The nine Creative Entrepreneurs chosen are:

  • Timothy Allsop (with his business partner Francesca Wilding) – to develop Turn of Phrase
  • German Clavijo – to develop the Aleph Chamber Orchestra
  • Spencer Down – to develop the Docklands Sinfonia
  • Catherine Evison – to develop Mosaic Music Publishing
  • Tara Franks – to develop SoundsCreative Projects
  • Marisa Gupta – to develop the Capet Collective
  • Rachael Perrin (with her business partners Jenni Parkinson, Gail Macleod and Hannah Dunster) – to develop Soundcastle
  • Marc Verter – to develop Le Mond et la ville: London Soirees
  • Miaomiao Yu – to develop Bach to Baby

The nine entrepreneurs come to the Creative Entrepreneurs scheme from around the UK and Europe. The business ideas include work in education, community programmes and music for all ages. Each business will be encouraged to work across Guildhall School of Music & Drama education and community programmes and to contribute to the life of the School via mentoring, coaching and other opportunities.

The programme has been devised by Professor Helena Gaunt, Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development) of the Guildhall School, in partnership with the development and fundraising organisation Cause4. Michelle Wright, the CEO of Cause4, is an alumna and Fellow of the Guildhall School (Violin 1995-1999) and founded Cause4 in 2009.  Since being founded Cause4 has grown rapidly and represents an experienced partner in the development of entrepreneurial ideas and associated business models.   

You can read the full press release here.

"The course was informative, enjoyable, covering plenty of ground in just one day without feeling rushed at all. It came at a crucial time in our planning and thinking as a development team and was a very welcome pause for thought. Michelle was a brilliant facilitator and it was a real benefit to hear about her experiences across the sector."

Jane Reynolds, Development Manager, Manchester International Festival