Claire Gevaux named as first Creative Director at leading music charity

The country’s best-known charity for musicians has announced the appointment of its first Creative Director as they prepare for a new strategy launch. Claire Gevaux joins Help Musicians UK, formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund, to lead the charity’s ambitions as a proactive national funder of musical talent and to define the creative vision.

Claire fullClaire joins from the Foundation for FutureLondon (previously The Legacy List) where she led the creative vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and devised a programme which ensured the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games continued to benefit people living in east London.  Claire’s relationship with the Park started in 2008 when she was integral to a pioneering team embedding permanent arts and culture into the fabric of the Park during its construction.

Before that, she spent over eight years in the London office of Arts Council England.

Chief Executive of Help Musicians UK, Richard Robinson, commented: “This is an important appointment for the charity as it moves towards the launch of a new strategy this year. Claire’s passion and skill is creating and developing innovative programmes and strategies.

“She has a proven track record within creative arts and this includes significant investment in music. Claire will lead on ensuring the charity acts as a catalyst for innovation and partnerships and will author our organisation's first creative vision. These are exciting times for Help Musicians UK.”

Claire Gevaux, spoke of her enthusiasm for the new role: “I’m delighted to be joining Help Musicians UK at this exciting time. I’m very lucky to be joining an organisation with an expert and committed team and I look forward to working with the Board and staff to define our creative vision which will broaden our ambitions and aspirations in the years leading to our centenary in 2021.”

The charity, patronised by HM The Queen, has recently undergone significant change with the appointment of a new CEO in October last year and Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts at the British Council, who stepped up to chair the organisation in late 2014. The changes are seen as a significant step in modernising the 94-year-old charity as it heads towards its centenary in 2021.

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