Supporting the Arts
Philanthropy is a fundamental part of Bourne Capital's ethos. The performing arts and its associated heritage buildings are the central focus of our charitable activities.
Philanthropy is a fundamental part of Bourne Capital’s ethos.
The performing arts and their associated heritage buildings are the central focus of our charitable activities. Through the acquisition and restoration of several theatres, the establishment of charitable trusts, and the assembly of a world class management team, we aim to breathe new life into these historic landmarks and protect them, creating jobs, regenerating communities, and fuelling Britain’s economy by attracting vital tourism.
The key to Bourne Capital’s success in network funding of the arts has been the integration of extensive commercial experience and a vast knowledge of the arts. Through the successful collaboration of these two fields, commercially viable artistic policies have been introduced and the theatres have been run with all the efficiency of a successful modern business. This combination is sadly rare in the arts, which all too often relies on handouts from government, rather that seeking more practical funding solutions.
We also recognise that the performing arts can represent an excellent vehicle for supporting and inspiring our youth. The vision of Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) is to support young and emerging talent. Through its Creative Learning projects, OVNV provides 8-25 year olds with the opportunity to work on The Old Vic stage, learn new skills, and develop existing talent. OVNV also runs Creative Community Initiatives which provides discounted tickets and dedicated events to Lambeth and Southwark communities. Through OVNV we hope to encourage the next generation of potential talent and theatre-goers and so secure London’s future as the global centre for the dramatic arts.
Bourne Capital’s founder and Chairman, Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE both have a long-standing interest in the performing arts. Robert is a Director of Criterion Theatre Trust; Old Vic Theatre Trust; and an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts); and a former Director of the Richmond Theatre Trust. Sally is the Chief Executive of the Old Vic Theatre Trust; Criterion Theatre Trust; a board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; on the board of the Manchester Royal Exchange; an Associate Member of RADA; a member of SWET; and former Chief Executive of the Richmond Theatre Trust.