Our Supporters

We are immensely grateful for the financial support we have received since 1993 from a range of Trusts and Foundations, Estates, Individual Donors and Legacy Gifts. This generosity has enabled us to continue awarding vital funding to individual artists across the UK at a pivotal moment in the development of their artistic practice.

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.

  • The Yoma Sasburg Estate

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

    Gifted by her daughter Roselyn in 2010, the Yoma Sasburg legacy has supported a variety of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards Fellowships for sculpture, installation art, live performance art and visual art, and will continue to fund a Arts Foundation Fellowship into the foreseeable future.

  • PRS Foundation

    PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development.
    Since its creation in 2000, PRS Foundation has given more than £44 million in impactful and timely grants to over 8,500 new music initiatives. 9 out of the 12 Mercury Prize 2022 nominees had received this vital PRS Foundation grant support (including the winner Little Simz) and many supported music creators have gone on to progress their careers to become BRITS, RPS, AIM and Ivors Award-winners and critically acclaimed composers and songwriters in their respective genres.


Kaveh and Cora Sheibani; Cecilia Morelli; Pierre Sapin and Sophie Dolan; Leila Rastegar; and Maria Vega.

Recent and Past Friends:

Antony Gormley; Tracey Emin CBE; Dorothy Bradburn; Grace Yu; Nancy Senior; Nona Ann White; Old Possum Trust; Po Shing Woo Charitable Foundation; Stephen Spender Memorial Trust; Valerie Eliot.

Previous Award Partners

  • The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund supported the Theatre-Makers Award in 2021 & 2022 and Dance Theatre Award in 2023.
  • PRS Foundation supported the Producers of Live Music Award in 2016, Jazz Composition in 2017 and Music for Change in 2022.
  • The Cloth Workers’ Company, supported the Materials Innovation Award between 2014-2021 and a Designer-Makers Award in 2019.
  • Lionel Bart Foundation supported a Theatre Award between 2012 and 2016, focusing on: Theatre for Children, Video and Digital for Theatre, Playwriting and Theatre Directing.