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Hope Dowsett

I was lucky enough to receive a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to support tuition costs whilst studying for an MA in Arts Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The support provided enabled me to fully focus on the course, without the constant financial worry or pressures which often come as part and parcel of undertaking a degree. I’m delighted to report that I received a Distinction overall, and have also been awarded a Cardiff Business Club Prize for being the highest achieving and most promising all-round student in my cohort.

During the year-long course, I benefitted hugely from learning a range of business management skills relating to the Arts sector - including Fundraising, Finance, Marketing and Leadership. As part of my studies, I also undertook a work placement with inclusive theatre specialists, Hijinx - and now work on a freelance basis for the company as their Arts Administrator. Without undertaking the course, it would have been unlikely that I would have been offered this fantastic opportunity.

The MA has prepared me well for my future career, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. I have ambitions to become a creative producer specialising in community engagement - and this now feels like far less of a pipe dream, and much more of a reality. I have developed in confidence and maturity, and feel enthused and positive about the future - regardless of the social or political landscape.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thankyou to everyone at the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for providing me with such a generous grant. Your support meant a great deal to me, and will continue to serve me well into the future. Diolch o galon!