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Tracey Shibli

Freelance Fundraiser and Bid Writer

As an Arts Administrator and Fundraiser with over 30 years experience I offer friendly, no nonsense advice on sources of funding and practical, well-honed bid writing skills. I work with an eclectic range of groups from large arts organisations to small parish councils and from welfare charities to choirs.

A highlight of my career was 10 years as Administrative Director of Music in the Round, Sheffield's chamber music promoter. During that time I was successful in securing an Arts Council Grant of £300,000 over 3 years to establish a national touring circuit for the company's activities.

I am Administrator of Sheffield Young Singers which I established in 2007, with my great friend and inspirational music teacher, Helen Cowen. The group includes 3 choirs for children, young people and adults.  Each group meets weekly at the Ashgate Room, Beacon Methodist Church, Broomhill to sing a wide ranging repertoire including world music, classical, rock anthems, songs from the shows and our own commissioned works.  We perform regularly in Sheffield at venues including The Crucible Studio, Firth Hall and Montgomery Theatre. Our youth group travels further afield with performances at London's Roundhouse and Birmingham's MAC.  For Sheffield Young Singers I secure regular grant aid including travel bursaries for our singers, funds for a new rehearsal piano and an electric 'touring' piano, commissions of new works (including The Sheffield Song Book) and education work in schools.

As a freelance fundraiser I am undeniably proud of being involved in the £340,000 redevelopment of Endcliffe Park Playground in 2008. As the lead bid writer we even secured funding to commission a song to celebrate its opening and a 'frame' not a 'fence' to go around the playground.  Other capital projects have included £20,000 for the refurbishment of a local scout hut and £50,000 for the refurbishment of a children’s playground in Hungarton, a small Leicestershire village (this project achieved 100% success for the applications submitted including £35,000 from BIFFA Award and £12,000 from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme). Recent and current Arts and Heritage clients include: Greentop Community Circus, VocalEyes, Forced Entertainment Ltd and Sheffield Industrial Museums.

In my free time I love to play tennis and ride, tend my garden and flock of backyard chickens, knit, walk in The Peak and (to the annoyance of my family) my camera is rarely out of arm's reach.

I'm always happy to meet individuals and organisations for an informal chat about their funding needs or projects where they might need a bit of administrative support.