Culture Mile launches Fusion Prize

Culture Mile and Foundation for Future London have partnered to launch the Culture Mile Fusion Prize, a competition that aims to invest in innovative ideas that impact positively on communities.

Member of the collective are Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London and The City of London Corporation.

The Culture Mile Fusion Prize asks schools, universities, charities, businesses and others to work together to pitch ideas for innovative programmes or products designed to develop the creative, communication, organisational and thinking skills of London’s children or young people through cultural experiences. The winner will receive GBP50,000 (€56,000) to help implement their idea. While each finalist will receive GBP1,000 (€893) to help them continue working on their idea.

Catherine McGuinness, chair of policy and resources committee, City of London Corporation, said, “It is essential that we address the skills gap currently faced by many young people, so that we can help maintain London and the UK’s competitiveness on the world stage. Fusion skills, which are a key requirement for employers searching for engaged and creative workers, can play a crucial role in realising these aims.”

Applicants must think of ways to solve the growing skills gap that many young Londoners face, this is in response to evidence that participation in cultural activities can help develop fusion skills. Entries must be submitted by January 2020.

The Culture Mile Fusion Prize will be judged by a panel of people in the culture, entrepreneurial, business and education sector. Chaired by Sonita Alleyne, she will be joined by Sharon Ament, Sanaz Amidi, Stephen Bediako, Juliet Can, Alison Coward, Alison Gowman, Stephen Hepell, Clive Holtham and Asif Khan.