Fundraising & Friends forum

Launched in 2006 with the ambition to share good fundraising practices between experienced and less experienced companies, the Fundraising Academy grew to encompass Fundraising/Sponsoring Managers, Directors of Development, Heads of Friends, etc in 2012. It regularly meets both at Opera Europa conferences and during separate, intensive meetings on specialised issues.

Together with Deloitte Madrid, the forum has conducted a survey assessing the different fundraising models across European opera houses, and is currently in the process of surveying motivations of corporate sponsors, as well of major corporate bodies that choose not to support opera.

The steering group of the forum is composed of:

Andrew Higgins (Glyndebourne Festival)

Jean-Yves Kaced (Paris National Opera)
Heidi Lehmuskumpu (Finnish National Opera)
Helena Roca (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Marisa Vazquez-Shelly (Teatro Real Madrid)

For more information about the Fundraising & Friends forum and to register to their e-mail listserv and receive their latest news, please contact

Upcoming event:

18-20 March 2019, Accademia alla Scala, Milan, Italy.

The programme includes sessions on transnational perspectives of the culture of giving and asking for money, planned giving, the state and the future of philanthropy, and Opera Europa’s new Advocacy campaign for opera. There is also the opportunity to see Khovanshchina at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mario Martone.

Programme and registration form (pdf)

Registration form

Kindly register before 28 February with

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