The h.Club Foundation


Charitable creative foundation launched to support emerging creatives,
young people and Arts charities

Foundation builds upon success of the Club’s first decade

London’s hub for the creative industries The Hospital Club celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. Since its inception in 2004, the Club has provided a unique hub in the heart of London, offering the creative community all it needs to connect, create and collaborate.

Inspired by the Club’s Owner and co-founder Paul Allen, and under the leadership of CEO Sue Walter, the Covent Garden-based club is marking its milestone anniversary by launching the h.Club Foundation – an independent charitable entity established to use the Club’s community and resources to invest back into both the creative industries and the local community.

Sue Walter, CEO commented on the launch of the h.Club Foundation: “The ethos of the Club has always been clear: to support the creative industries and to nurture emerging talent, so it is especially significant to be announcing this new charitable initiative investing in young talent as we look forward to the next 10 years. We are proud that the h.Club Foundation will be playing a part in enabling the next generation of creative innovators to make their mark in their respective fields, leading the way with vision, passion and inspiration”.

The h.Club Foundation will support three distinct pilot programmes of activity in its first year:
1. The Emerging Creatives Programme:

Founded on the success of the Creatives in Residence programme, the flagship strand of activity will nurture and support emerging creative talent, helping to raise their profile and achieve a break-through to the next level in their careers.

The h.Club Foundation in its first year will offer 4 Emerging Creatives the opportunity to take part in the programme which will provide:
• Membership to the Club for 1 year
• A grant of up to £2,000 to develop a project
• A comprehensive programme of development, coaching and mentoring
• Access to the Club’s facilities
• Opportunities to network with the Club’s diverse community of creative professionals and to showcase work via the Club’s on-line and off-line platforms

2. Supporting Local Youth:

This programme will reach out to underprivileged youth in the local community, providing them with opportunities to access the creative arts/industries and encourage them to become active in their community (and wider society) through creative arts programmes. The aim is to equip young people with the skills and opportunities they need to gain further experience and jobs in the creative industries. The h.Club Foundation will work with partners to deliver these programmes, using Club spaces and assets to support delivery where appropriate. The h.Club Foundation will run a pilot programme with Vital Regeneration in August 2014, targeting NEETs in the local area, with further partnerships planned to roll out in 2015.

3. Support of select charities:

Every year the h.Club Foundation Board Trustees will select up to 6 charities who will receive pro-bono access to the Club’s unique facilities in order to support and promote their work. . Applications can be made online. Priority shall be given to those that meet the Foundation’s overarching aims and objectives. In year 1 the Foundation will be working with the following charities:

- The Royal Shakespeare Company
- Art Fund
- Old Vic: New Voices
- D&AD
- Protégé

The h.Club Foundation has been awarded some seed funding from both the Paul G Allen Family Foundation and The Hospital Club to get it off the ground. The h.Club Foundation will also be supported by various member initiatives throughout the year including pro bono services for the Emerging Creatives programme and a series of themed Master Classes. This the Hospital Club will be donating all resourcing and space to the h.Club Foundation, absorbing all operational overheads into existing business operations – therefore ensuring that every penny donated to the h.Club Foundation goes directly to supporting its work..

The h.Club Foundation builds on The Hospital Club’s hugely successful first decade. It embodies all that the Club stands for and takes the success of its first 10 years out in to the artistic and local communities.

The Hospital Club continues to go from strength to strength, with an oversubscribed membership comprising some the country’s leading figures across the arts and creative industries and unique facilities which provide a platform for showcasing creative talent, including: a television broadcast studio, performance spaces hosting an eclectic line up of live shows ; an evolving and dynamic programme of visual arts making the Club’s Gallery as a leading art destination in London; a screening room and (later this year) bedrooms themed around emerging artists.

Registered Charity Number: 1155098

Celebratory 10th anniversary event on 7th November 2014
in partnership with Central St Martins Production Design BA and O’Neill Ross productions
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