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Birmingham Royal Ballet Announcement – The Cadbury Dance Fellowship

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Media release: Tuesday 26 June 2012

Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates funding announcement and further develops its relationship with one of the UK’s most philanthropic families

In a speech in London on Wednesday 20th June, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Arts Council England (ACE) announced the successful recipients of its Catalyst Endowment Match Funding awards.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the most creative forces in British dance is to receive an award of £1,000,000 and is the only dance company amongst the 18 named recipients who will share a total grant of £30,500,000 to help build endowments that will provide an annual income

Birmingham Royal Ballet is further delighted to announce that its target of raising an additional £1,000,000 as match funding, has been achieved by the generous support of the historic Cadbury Family, long time supporters of the Company since its relocation to Birmingham in 1990. This support reinforces the family’s reputation for philanthropy, and for supporting the cultural and community life of the West Midlands. In 2005, the Cadbury Family were recipients of the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy.

The endowment fund to be established, in memory of the late Robin Cadbury and Lady Susan Cadbury, will create the Cadbury Dance Fellowship, a programme which will give up to 40 young dancers per year on-going teaching, training and mentoring. This reflects the interests of the family of supporting young dance talent at the early stages of their career and was a particular interest of Robin and Lady Susan Cadbury during their lifetimes.

In addition to the direct support of young dancers, the Cadbury Dance Fellowship will further enhance Birmingham Royal Ballet’s leadership credentials as experts in developing dancers, in community outreach work and in enabling individuals to maximize their creative potential.

Christopher Barron, Chief Executive Birmingham Royal Ballet said:
“Stimulating philanthropy is a big challenge facing the arts in the UK and is the means by which the great cultural institutions of the UK will sustain themselves and achieve their ambitions. Support from the Cadbury family will help BRB promote philanthropy, encourage a re-energised culture of giving in the West Midlands and protect the world-class standards of one of the UK’s leading dance companies, one of the ‘crown jewels’ of the West Midlands cultural scene”

Speaking on behalf of the members of the Cadbury Family who have come together to make this support possible, Jayne Cadbury said:
“By supporting BRB in this way, the family have come together to ensure the interests that Robin and Lady Susan Cadbury were passionate about during their lifetimes are sustained in perpetuity. The gift reinforces the family’s values and sense of identity and builds on the rich history of Cadbury family philanthropy. The Cadbury Dance Fellowship will ensure that the family reputation is always associated with excellence and developing young talent and always be intrinsically linked with the creativity and cultural achievements of the West Midlands”


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