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.
In 2016, the Foundation celebrated its 15th Anniversary. The digital version of the anniversary book includes an overview of the projects the foundation has supported over the past 15 years.
“The idea behind Genesis is very much about nurturing young artists. It’s not about sponsoring individual plays or art shows. It boils down to someone showing trust in you, mentoring you and developing you.”
John Studzinski, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation
Recent successes and projects:
The Genesis Foundation celebrated the 20th anniversary of the International Plawyrights’ Programme at the Royal Court Theatre.
John Studzinski was awarded the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for the UK in October 2017.
Five of the eight musicians selected to join the 2017/18 fellowship programme of the NYCGB are alumni of Genesis Sixteen.
In September the Genesis Foundation launched the Genesis LAMDA Network, a new mentoring programme which complements the Genesis LAMDA Scholarship.
Genesis Future Directors Award winner Nancy Medina directs Yellowman at the Young Vic Theatre in November 2017.
The Genesis Foundation’s commission of a new Stabat mater, written by James MacMillan and performed by The Sixteen premiered at the Barbican in October 2016 and received outstanding critical acclaim. The Times declared: “It’s not often that the composer of a new work gets a standing ovation, but then every new work isn’t like James MacMillan’s Stabat mater for chorus and string orchestra.” The CD was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in May 2017.