Fran heads up the Arts & Culture Programmes and Investments team at Nesta, including Arts & Culture Finance, which makes impact loans to arts and culture organisations through the Arts Impact Fund and Cultural Impact Development Fund. The team works on various projects with the aim of understanding and articulating the full breadth of impact of arts, culture and the creative economy; promoting innovative funding and business models and partnerships, such as blended finance, impact investing and crowdfunding; improving understanding of and access to the positive impacts of arts and culture; and helping arts and cultural organisations experiment with and benefit from new technologies, for example by collaborating with Arts Council England to produce the Digital Culture Survey.
In a previous life, Fran was a fund manager at JPMorgan, before spending some time travelling in a campervan and living off grid in southern Portugal with her young family. She landed at Big Society Capital at its inception in 2012 and moved to Nesta in 2015.
The Elephant in the Room: why don’t donors value the arts?
In the list of causes supported by donors, arts, culture and heritage causes tend to consistently rank at the bottom. What is stopping us from articulating our value? And how can we express it better in a post-coronavirus world? This panel discussion will bring experts from across the world for a lively debate about the value of the arts, and the ways in which we can communicate it to donors.