We are delighted to announce that World Heart Beat Music Academy and Nick Thomlinson have won the national 2019 Achates Individual Philanthropy Award, sponsored by Spektrix. The award acknowledged the charity’s excellence in fundraising and celebrated the generosity of one of their immensely valued supporters.
World Heart Beat was introduced to Nick Thomlinson by a trustee who thought Nick’s considerable experience in property would make him a good contact as it began its pitch for a new music education centre and venue at Embassy Gardens, in Nine Elms. The new building, which will open in summer 2020, will enable the charity to double its impact on young people and provide a world-class concert programme for the community and arts-lovers from across the capital.
Nick met with founder and Artistic Director, Sahana Gero, and came to a number of events including a concert at Speakers House. Inspired by Sahana’s vision and by seeing the young people first-hand he became involved in the pitch for the new space, investing time and providing valuable expertise. Following the successful pitch, he personally made a major donation – his first meaningful gift to an arts organisation – and worked closely with the team on the capital fundraising campaign leading to gifts and a widening of World Heart Beat’s contacts to include potential future donors. Nick has personally secured donations of between £1,000 and £10,000 from individuals, despite initially being reluctant to be involved in asking for people for gifts.
Nick was presented with a sculpture by the renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS. As the winning philanthropist, he will be custodian of the sculpture for one year. World Heart Beat Music Academy received a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation which will be spent on much-needed instruments – including alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drum kits, cymbals, pianos and a double bass – for young people in Wandsworth.
Nick Thomlinson, said: “How wonderful to have won a Prize that is shining a light on the importance of individual philanthropy for the Arts. I never saw myself as a major donor and certainly never envisaged getting involved in fundraising. However, World Heart Beat Music Academy is a wonderful charity that’s making a real difference to the lives of young people. Once I got involved, I couldn’t step away – I realised I was hooked!”