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The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has donated a total of more than £20 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience.

The Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2020, it launched the Covid-19 Artists Fund, an Emergency response to help freelancers facing hardship, and the £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund, to create future-facing projects for outstanding freelance talent in the creative sector across the UK.

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27 April 2022

Mentorship from established authors, bursaries of up to £1,500 and an event at London’s longest-running literary festival are among the features of the second annual Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers’ Programme – with applications now open. The Programme is…

28 March 2022

Total of 95 projects supporting more than 1,000 freelance creatives in the UK In the final phase of its rollout, the Genesis Foundation has awarded a further £360,000 in grants through its Genesis Kickstart Fund to 36 arts projects run…

3 February 2022

George Turvey has been awarded the 2022 Genesis Foundation Prize. The Genesis Foundation Prize, formerly the Genesis Prize, recognises an outstanding mentor of young artistic talent whose work has effected real change in the practice and careers of arts professionals…

29 October 2021

Soprano Hilary Cronin has won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2021 Handel Singing Competition last week. Hilary Cronin impressed the judges with a performance which included works from Rinaldo, Semele and Brockes. Fellow Genesis Sixteen alumna Bethany Horak-Hallett won…

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“The Genesis Foundation is about sustained engagement, not one-off giving. I’m most proud of the integrity of our partnerships and the people we work with.”

– John Studzinski CBE, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation

In 10 or 20 year’s time, almost every theatre director who have come through the mainstream of London theatre particularly, will have been enabled by John”

– Rufus Norris, Artistic Director, National Theatre

“My collaborations with John Studzinski through the Genesis Foundation and Harry Christophers’ great choir The Sixteen have become some of the most fruitful artistic experiences in my life.”

– Sir James MacMillan

“Without the constant and abundant support of the Genesis Foundation and John Studzinski, the contemporary choral repertoire would be much less vibrant”

– Harry Christophers CBE, Founder & Conductor, The Sixteen

Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Genesis Foundation, the Directors Program at the Young Vic has been training ambitious, experimental people from underserved communities for two decades and then gifting them to the profession, making it more representative, more risk-positive and a more collegial work environment.”

– Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic

“All seven writers have demonstrated their ability to think big, engaging with unusual, imaginative and formally innovative ideas. We can’t wait to guide them over the next year and to see what they produce and are hugely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for giving us this opportunity.”

– Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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