fundraising & links
Selfmade Music is a non-profit arts organisation, very small-scale. It celebrates the independence and flexibility of the small-scale and in all likelihood it could have not have done most of its projects had it been a large, centrally funded organisation. In the past, it received project funding over a period of about seven years from the Arts Council and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts. Composers commissioned during that time include Avril Anderson, Priti Paintal, Steve McNeff, David Bedford and Peter Wiegold. However, a change in funding policy at the Arts Council affected their ability to continue providing funds for very small organisations. Selfmade then made the decision to become truly independent and ‘selfmade’. At the moment, it receives no funding from any public body. It therefore funds its activities mainly through occasional exhibitions of paintings created by its Artistic Director, Susie Self. All those who buy paintings or make donations not only support future projects of Selfmade Music, they automatically become patrons of the company. Patrons can be listed below anonymously if so desired; lists of patrons may also appear in printed programmes for Selfmade productions, at the discretion of the company. Donations may be made at any time, and will be acknowledged privately with a letter of thanks.
To become a Patron of Selfmade Music, you simply buy a painting or make a donation. You can choose whether to be listed under your own name or anonymously. No details about you will be held by us unless you also request to be placed on a mailing list. Paintings can be viewed online, but to purchase a painting you need to contact us by phone or email to arrange a viewing, where you can make your final decision.
If you would like to join the Exhibition mailing list please phone or email us with your details. You will then be advised of upcoming exhibitions, which are generally held every year.
Donations also entitle you to become a Patron: please contact us if you are considering making a donation towards our work.
list of patrons
Richard & Ruth Aylwin
Andrew & Sue Bush
Peter & Katharine Campbell
Ruth & Robin Davey
Marcus & Tatty Davey
Don & Jan Davies
Sophie De Winton
Richard & Kerstin Griffiths
Peter & Elaine Hallgarten
Melanie & Orlando Harvey Wood
Dr. John & Dr. June Horder|
Elizabeth Van Horn
Paul & Claire Hoskins
Tim & Jo Le Mare
John and Bridget Roper
Will & Deborah Self
Dr. Caryle Steen
Elisabeth & Christoph Wolf
Names appear on the List of Patrons as a result of individuals supporting Selfmade Music and its projects by buying a painting or making a donation. Patrons may remain anonymous if desired.
Selfmade Music is a non-profit artist-led arts organisation and relies on the funding generated by exhibitions and donations for its activities. It is not currently receiving funding from any other source.
The launch of Memories, Dreams, Reflections - 2006
|The Opera and Music Theatre Forum|
OMTF is the representative body for opera and music theatre in the UK. It is a network of companies (currently about 45 in number) working to create an environment in which opera and music theatre can flourish. Selfmade Music Theatre has been a member from the very beginning. A conference is held biennially every even-numbered year. Caroline Anderson is the Manager, and there is a Board of Directors headed by Bill Bankes-Jones, Artistic Director of Tête-à-Tête Productions.
|The Esalen Institute|
The Esalen Institute was started by two young men (Dick Price and Michael Murphy) in the early 1960s and played an important role in developing what subsequently became known as ‘the human potential movement’. This had a rather wild aspect in the 60s, with all the counter-culture and drugs influence. In the 70s and 80s it was dominated by the Gestalt theories and practice of Fritz Perls, and there is a strong Gestalt influence on the campus to this day. Currently they provide a multitude of courses which follow on in the traditions of self-development. One of the chief glories of the stunningly beautiful site is the newly-modernised hot springs baths, rebuilt a few years ago after the original baths slid into the sea during the El Nino-inspired storms of 1998. The baths are famously ‘clothing-optional’ (but the few prudes who venture into them clad cautiously in swimsuits tend to look a bit ridiculous). The food is delicious, generally, with plenty of opportunities to eat healthily if that is your choice.
In 1982, Skyros was a long ferry-ride from Athens, and relatively undeveloped. At the time, it offered a chance for people to get away from it all, but in the context of a temporarily-created ‘demos’ or co-operative community of about 80-90 people, housed largely in bamboo huts close to nature. Today it is a bit more developed, but still a long ferry-ride from Athens! And the bamboo huts are still in use. Writing courses take place in Skyros Town, while Atsitsa develops more the physical side of things, with its yoga, sailing, windsurfing and various arts courses, including, naturally, Susie’s unique and very popular singing and painting courses.