Role: Trusts and Foundations Consultant

Reports to: Founder

Location: Remote working

Days: 2-4 days / month

Payment: £250 / day


About the Abram Wilson Foundation

Our purpose

To inspire, connect and open doors to the music industry so that diverse young talent has an equal chance to realise their creative potential.

Our vision

A music industry that genuinely reflects the best image of our society so that any young person is able to see it as a place for them and can participate in, and collectively contribute to the next generation of talent.

Our values

We challenge inequality,

promoting inclusivity and equity in music.

We pay it forward,

sharing our knowledge skills and networks with the next generation.

We work tirelessly

to encourage young people to find and use their creative voices.

We are champions

of untapped, undiscovered and unrealised talent


Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation’s aims are to ensure equal access to music for diverse and disadvantaged young people (YP) who can’t access music outside of school; equip young with transferable skills and self-belief; and support the future of music in the UK.

We’ve worked with +200 performing artists, providing strategic support to +30 and delivered 70 gigs to +9,000 audience members. Our reach was +1M via press and radio per year to 2017. Since 2018 our reach has been +2M via social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Since 2015 we’ve reached 10,000 YP in deprived areas with performances and 600 participants with +480-hours of participatory arts workshops in London and Birmingham in partnership with Hackney Empire, Church of Sound, Premises Studios, National Maritime Museum and THSH Birmingham.

What’s the role in a nutshell?

We’re looking for a Trusts and Foundations Consultant to work with us on researching, cultivating and securing grants from trusts and foundations.

Am I someone you might be looking for?

We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about fundraising from trusts and foundations!

You enjoy researching trusts and making connections between their people and goals and the people and goals of the organisation you’re representing.

You love to build relationships with trust and foundations and are really good at developing and implementing cultivation and stewardship plans.

You’ll have a great track record of successfully securing income from trusts and foundations from researching all the way to submission, report writing and reapplying.

Top notch written and verbal communication skills are a must, as is attention to detail.

We’re a small team who work remotely so you’ll need to be super organised and confident at working independently to meet deadlines.

In an ideal world we’d love you to have some experience of fundraising for the UK’s arts and cultural sector, but don’t worry if you don’t.

We’re super passionate about racial and gender equity, if you are too then we’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Sounds like me! What exactly is the role though?

You’ll work with our founder to achieve our trusts and foundations fundraising target by:

  • Undertaking research to identify trusts and foundations with the potential to support the Abram Wilson Foundation
  • Writing and submitting new applications to trusts and foundations
  • Keeping our 2021 trust pipeline, internal filing system for trusts, and database updated
  • Creating and implementing a cultivation and stewardship plan to maximise our potential for success

Got it! How do I apply?

Please send an expression of interest by emailing our founder, Jennie Cashman Wilson at  [email protected]

She’ll then let you know what further information she’d like from you before deciding whether to arrange a virtual meeting.

Is there a deadline?  

The deadline to express your interest: 19th February 2021.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements.

Any Ts & Cs I need to know about?

  • This is a self-employed post.
  • The fee is paid monthly in arrears upon receipt of an accurate invoice.
  • We work remotely so you’ll need a laptop and access to wi-fi.
  • If you’re engaged to work with us, you must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of your right to work in the UK.