What We Do

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has donated a total of more than £20 million to the arts.

Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience.

“The Genesis Foundation will continue to focus on partnerships that create long-standing results and relationships.”

– John Studzinski

(c) Clockwise from left: Adrian Myers, LAMDA, National Theatre, Leon Puplett

The Genesis Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional.

In 2021, through the Genesis Kickstart Fund, the Foundation will start allocating £1m in grants for future-facing projects that provide paid work for freelance creative professionals.

The Genesis Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2021. The digital anniversary booklet includes an overview of the projects the foundation has supported over the past 20 years.

“The idea behind Genesis is very much about nurturing young artists. It’s not about sponsoring individual plays or art shows. It boils down to someone showing trust in you, mentoring you and developing you.”

– John Studzinski


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