Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as LAMDA, the National Theatre, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.
The Genesis Foundation awards the bi-annual Genesis Prize to outstanding mentors of young artistic talent; it is the only arts award to focus on mentors and the vital role they play in an artist’s development.
The theme of art & faith increasingly characterises aspects of the Foundation’s work with choral commissions and the recent sponsorship of the British Museum’s Living with Gods exhibition. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have performed and recorded the Genesis Foundation’s sacred music commissions these past ten years including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater.