Help Musicians UK
Claire is the Creative Director at Help Musicians UK, leading the creative vision towards the charity’s centenary in 2021. The Creative Programme provides advice and funding for a diverse range of artists across their careers and creative practice. Claire leads the creative strategy of the charity developing and finding innovative programmes of support to the challenges of 21st century music makers. Over the next five years, her ambition for the Creative Programme is to reach musicians of all genres across the UK through impactful grants programming and being a catalyst for entrepreneurial ambition. To enable this ambitious strategy, Claire’s collaborative approach with partners, stakeholders and funders finds commonality and opportunities to join up on key issues affecting the sector.
In 2017, Claire also continues the charity’s national focus by taking on the mantle of Director, Scotland following the success of Northern Ireland in 2016.
Previously she led the creative vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and devised a programme which ensured the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games continued to benefit artists and audiences living in and around east London. Claire devised a programme of strategic partnerships delivering over 30 projects and reaching thousands of people. Her last partnership project saw two key venues in the Park taken over by young people who were given the chance to curate a festival of music, dance and fashion. Funded in partnership by The Legacy List, London Legacy Development Corporation and Arts Council England, Claire has experience of both fundraising and grant giving across her career.
Claire’s relationship with the Park started in 2008 when she was integral to a pioneering team embedding permanent arts and culture into the fabric of the Park during its construction. Before this she spent eight years at Arts Council England building up a knowledge of charity governance, art-form policy and a great network in arts and cultural sectors.
Claire is Chair of Queens Theatre Hornchurch and Trustee of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. She is also a mentor to young female creatives.