Meet Erin, our new Programs Officer

Meet Erin, our new Programs Officer

We are excited to welcome Erin Bugg to the Creative Partnerships team.

After eight years in local government, Erin is looking forward to reconnecting with individuals and organisations in the arts and helping them to achieve their creative visions. Erin will be your go-to for all things Programs, bringing a love for all things creative and a detailed, analytical approach that will be beneficial for all fundraisers.

What are you looking forward to most about your new role as Programs Officer?

I am excited to be a small cog in the creative process! I love talking to creators and performers, and I find it incredibly fulfilling to be able to assist them in their creative journey. Helping creative people achieve their vision is definitely a driver for me!

I’m also looking forward to contributing to the many development opportunities that CPA offers for development staff to build their skills. Like many arts administrators and managers, I’m a former performer myself – but I’m a much better administrator than singer!

Can you tell us some of your career/artistic highlights from before you started at Creative Partnerships?

Two of my most memorable opportunities I have had in recent years were working in local government for Moonee Valley City Council, and before that for Opera Australia.

At Moonee Valley my highlight was producing Carols in Queens Park, the annual community Christmas Carols event. It was a huge logistical undertaking, but truly a satisfying and special experience to bring exciting performance opportunities to the local community.

While at Opera Australia I was privileged to manage the first Ring Leader donor program for the 2013 Melbourne Ring Cycle. Working with over 400 very engaged and knowledgeable donors was both intimidating and fulfilling! I loved creating the donor engagement opportunities in the program, especially the backstage tours and meet-and-greets full of behind-the-scenes trivia.

After working in local government for a number of years, what experience will you bring across that will assist artists and arts organisations?

Years in local government have given me a great appreciation for process and procedure! I am really good at breaking down big ideas into smaller achievable milestones and planning ways to get things done. I hope that this skill will be advantageous to all of our talented matched funding applicants.

What are some of your favourite resources to go-to for the latest in fundraising, arts or inspiration?

After eight years in local government I am really excited to be getting back into the Melbourne and Australian arts scene, and I’m taking every opportunity to reconnect with individuals and organisations in the arts. I am enjoying picking the brains of my excellent colleagues, especially our State Managers, and keeping an eye on resources like ArtsHub for all the latest in our industry.