Award Sponsors

Due to the success of its longstanding fellowship program, the Arts Foundation has attracted legacies from Artists’ Estates, Corporations, and other Foundations allowing the charity to increase the number of fellowships awarded and give every shortlisted artist £1,000 towards their practice. For more information on how you can support the Foundation follow this link. The Friends of the Foundation are listed  here.


Award Sponsors

  • The David Collins Foundation

    The David Collins Foundation was set up in memory of the late designer David Collins to honour his legacy and celebrate his love of the Arts. Since its creation in 2016, the Foundation has partnered with the Arts Foundation to support artists across multiple disciplines.

  • Maria Björnson Memorial Fund

    The Maria Björnson Memorial fund supports the Arts Foundation Futures Awards with a focus on theatre-related artistic practices.

    The fund was set up to honour the brilliant theatre, ballet and opera designer Maria Björnson who died in 2002. Her best known design was for the Phantom of the Opera for which she received a plethora of awards, although she designed for many other organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Opera, La Scala, in the West End and on Broadway. The fund also supports artistic enterprises, arts-related activities and individual artists in the UK.

  • PRS Foundation

    PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 it has given more than £38 million to over 7,800 new music initiatives. In 2020, PRS Foundation grantees secured hundreds of high-profile nominations for major industry awards and won BRITS, AIM Awards and Ivors Awards - From 2018-20, 50% of Mercury Music Prize nominees have previously received PRS Foundation support, including winners Wolf Alice and Dave.

    PRS Foundation grantee success stories include Little Simz, Sam Fender, Years & Years, AJ Tracey, Anna Meredith, Yola, Glass Animals, Ms. Banks, Ezra Collective, Jade Bird, Ghetts, Shiva Feshareki, Sarathy Korwar, Floating Points, Nadine Shah, The Fanatix, Imogen Heap, IDLES, Kae Tempest, Kojey Radical and Emily Burns. Well known as an inclusive, collaborative and proactive funder (home to Women Make Music, Keychange and Power Up), in 2019 56% of music creator grantees were women, gender minority and mixed gender groups; 18% of creator grantees were Black; and PRS Foundation supports outstanding talent from all backgrounds, covering the whole of the UK and all genres.

  • The Yoma Sasburg Estate

    Gifted by her daughter Roselyn in 2010 the Yoma Sasburg legacy has already funded many different Arts Foundation Futures Awards Fellowships including sculptors, installation artists and live performance artists. Thanks to the legacy it will continue to fund a fellowship in Fine and Visual Arts into the foreseeable future.

    Born in Amsterdam Yoma Sasburg was a professional ballet dancer. She married the prolific film composer Edward Clifton Parker and later trained as a sculptor under David Weekes becoming a founder member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.