John Studzinski CBE

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John Studzinski’s views on philanthropy

“Your best asset is your philanthropy, so don’t forget it.”

“Give is a funny word, I prefer the word share. Philanthropy is about sharing time, talent and money.”

“You have to develop philanthropy with people you trust and like and respect”

“Art is the cornerstone of all civilisations, from transforming lives to building confidence and self-esteem to creating employment.”

“I love the old Puritan saying that’s also quoted on Melville’s tomb: you have what you gave; you had what you spent; you lost what you kept.”

“It’s unthinkable for me not to give, it would be like cutting off a leg. It gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to support other people’s sense of dignity and their confidence in their artistic talent, to follow the narrative of what artists do.”

“The cornerstone of culture is not about entertainment or particular performances but nurturing culture, education and creating a cultural legacy.”

“The arts are not about entertainment. We don’t just record something to entertain people. I’m more interested in commissioning sacred music and sacred art because [they make] a broader statement about our time. Music is a powerful vehicle and a sign we’re shifting from an age of materialism to an age of spirituality.”

“Everyone should give at whatever level they can afford. It’s good for you as it’s like paying dues for enjoying our culture, but you also learn a huge amount and you get a huge amount more than you give as you learn so much about your own values. Giving enhances your inner sense of self-worth as we all need constantly to access what our role is in life. It all creates a life well-spent.”

“For me, the key to philanthropy is the three T’s: time, talent and treasure. So much of philanthropy is thought of in terms of treasure, i.e. money, but the real success of Genesis is embracing talent, nurturing that talent, working as a team with our partners and creating a network that continually supports every artist the foundation has worked with.”

“I believe that if you impact one person that has a domino effect on others as that one person influences more people, who in turn influence others. The Genesis Foundation has supported over 1,000 artists from many genres and backgrounds who’ve gone on to have careers and impact on many further thousands of artists.”

“The nurturing, mentoring and creation of networks for young artists was a specific goal when the Foundation was formed in 2001, since which time it has devoted more than £10m to opening opportunities to exceptional young artists from diverse backgrounds, setting them firmly on the path to fulfilling their creative and professional potential.”


John Studzinski CBE is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists. In October 2017, John Studzinski was awarded the UK Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for the Genesis Foundation’s work in nurturing excellence among young artists.

Studzinski is a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office (UK), Chair of the U.K. Prime Minister’s Business Against Modern Slavery initiative and has received the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy, the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless.

Mr Studzinski is Chairman of Create London and serves on the U.S. boards of The J. Paul Getty Trust, Scholars at Risk, Tate Americas Foundation, Signature Theatre and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

He is Vice-Chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch and is Co-founder and Chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks internationally to stop human trafficking. Mr Studzinski is also a member of The Atlantic Council, The Council on Foreign Relations and The Peterson Institute.

Mr Studzinski holds the Papal honours of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester.

In 2007 Mr Studzinski was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity.

The Catholic Herald named John Studzinski ‘Catholic of the Year’ in December 2017, praising him for “his outstanding but discreet efforts to combat modern slavery, encourage greater appreciation for spirituality and inspire a Catholic artistic revival.”

Mr Studzinski is Managing Director and Vice Chairman of PIMCO in its Executive Office, where he serves as a key strategic advisor to many of PIMCO’s top clients around the world. These include public and private pension funds, corporations, sovereign wealth funds, single-family offices, governments, foundations and many others.

Prior to joining PIMCO, Mr Studzinski was Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Group, overseeing sovereign and institutional investor relationships and advising large, influential pools of family capital on investment strategy. He also served as Head of European Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and Deputy Chairman of Morgan Stanley International and was instrumental in HSBC Group’s buildout of its investment banking division, where he was also on the bank’s Group Management Board.

Press articles on John Studzinski

Interview with Classical Music Magazine about the Genesis Foundation.

Cover feature of John Studzinski in the May 2018 issue of Messenger of Saint Anthony.

Interview with The Tablet, ahead of the Vatican Premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat mater, a Genesis Foundation commission.

The Catholic Herald name John Studzinski ‘Catholic of the Year 2017’.

John Studzinski is quoted in the Daily Telegraph’s article on the historic return of Catholic worship to Chapel Royal.

Feature in The Independent following the 10 Year anniversary of the Genesis Foundation’s partnership with the Young Vic.

John Studzinski writes for The Independent surrounding philanthropy and the impact that a new tax legislation will have on charities.

John Studzinski writes for Huffington Post, sharing his vision for the Genesis Foundation’s ‘Genesis Prize’ competition.

Interview with Financial Times amidst the Genesis Foundation’s 10th Anniversary.

Discussion with The Spectator on the range of his philanthropic work and contribution to England’s art scene.

Interview with Spears, sharing the main objectives for his philanthropy and the origin of the Genesis Foundation’s partnership with the Royal Court in Spears.

Interview with The Tablet on Blackstone, Catholicism and his philanthropic work.

Interview with The Daily Telegraph in anticipation of the Padre Pio Prayer premiere at Westminster Cathedral.

The Daily Telegraph discusses John Studzinski’s investment banking accomplishments and success at Blackstone.

News in Financial Times surrounding John Studzinski’s £5 million contribution to the Tate Modern’s new extension.

John Studzinski’s £5 million donation to the Tate Modern sparks the Evening Standard’s interest in whether the city of London should give more to charity.

The Guardian writes about John Studzinski as he begins his new position at Blackstone.

Interview with The Times surrounding the various Genesis Foundation projects.

The Daily Telegraph reports John Studzinski’s receipt of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award 2017.


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