Mo Siewcharran fund to support BAME internships

Mo Siewcharran fund to support BAME internships

A memorial fund supporting BAME internships in publishing and the theatre has been launched in memory of Mo Siewcharran, the former Nielsen Book director of marketing and communications who died suddenly in June 2017.

Siewcharran had worked at Nielsen Book for over 16 years and before that for Hamlyn, Penguin and Haynes. Her husband John Seaton is launching the fund to encourage young people from BAME backgrounds to pursue a career in the arts.

The fund will support four interns a year for an initial five years, with the intention that each internship last a minimum of six months. Candidates will be paid at least the level of Living Wage, be allocated a senior-level mentor, attend induction training and monthly masterclasses with Creative Access and graduate on to the Creative Access Development programme after their internship.  
 
Seaton said: “Mo was a much-loved and well-respected member of the publishing industry. She was passionate about both theatre and publishing and felt strongly about supporting people from non-white backgrounds. It is our hope that these internships will help transform lives and inspire young BAME candidates who will become part of Mo’s legacy.”
 
Any company wishing to apply for a bursary to subsidise an internship should contact Josie Dobrin on josie@creativeaccess.org.uk.