Philanthropy and not-for-profit projects
FSG is much more than just a publishing house. At our heart is a team of people passionate about what we do and about the world around us; a passion that is fed into a number of philanthropic and not-for-profit initiatives founded by our Chairman, James Drake, and headquartered in the same London offices as FSG.
These charities and not-for-profits span science, sport, music and the arts. Each venture gives back to society – whether through granting scholarships, supporting young musicians, or funding scientific research – and each brings something special, rewarding and unique to life at FSG.
The Drake Foundation
The Drake Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to understanding and improving the health and welfare of sports players through scientific research and collaboration. Launched in 2014, we have already invested over £2 million into research funding and open access resources that span sport, science and society. Across our projects and events, we work with key organizations including the Premier League, the RFU, the FA, FIFPRO and the PFA, and institutions such as UCL, the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London.
Much of our work to-date has centred on concussion and head injuries in sport; knowledge that we believe will serve not only to improve sports safety but also provide valuable insight into the processes underlying neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.
In 2019, we expanded our research portfolio and activities beyond head injuries to support the investigation of the long-term effects of playing and retiring from professional sport on physical and mental health. With the launch of a first-of-its-kind study into these long-term effects in 2019, we hope to support players throughout their careers and retirement, and to apply learnings from the study to wider population health.
Find out more at www.drakefoundation.org
Drake Calleja Trust
The Drake Calleja Trust is a charity that financially and artistically supports talented young classical musicians studying in the UK. With the support of our Patron, renowned tenor Joseph Calleja, we award scholarships annually, as well as providing regular performance opportunities in acclaimed venues across London.
Find out more at www.drakecallejatrust.org
Drake YolanDa Award
Part of the Drake Calleja Trust, The Drake YolanDa Award was created by James Drake and renowned saxophonist and presenter YolanDa Brown to support emerging artists across the UK on their musical journey.
We award grants to artists who express a commitment to their careers, demonstrate creative excellence and a drive to succeed. The award is intended to further recipients’ artistic practice, encourage career sustainability, and best equip them to make their own artistic choices.
During the award process, we love to hear from the artists in person: shortlisted applicants have an opportunity to speak about their projects, as well as perform their music live to an expert panel.
The Drake YolanDa Award is provided by the Drake Calleja Trust.
Find out more at www.drakeyolanda.org
FSG Arts encompasses our philanthropic projects across art and literature. Across these collaborative research projects, we work with international museums and estates: current projects include a Catalogue Raisonné of Paul Troubetzkoy (1886–1938), the Russian prince and celebrated bronze sculptor, to be published in collaboration with the Paesaggio Museum in Verbania; and a ‘Letters on Climate Change’. Past projects include a book of letters by Enrico Caruso (1873–1921), a Neapolitan opera singer who became a global celebrity in the 1910s, and the first artist to sell a million records.
Troubetzkoy Archive Project
The Troubetzkoy Archive Project (TAP) aims to create an online central database and Catalogue Raisonnée for the impressionist sculptor Prince Paul Troubetzkoy. This will be supplemented with information from major private and public collections and the riches of John Grioni’s Archive, the expert who had made the study of Troubetzkoy his life’s work. Guided by leading world experts on the artist and his genre, TAP aspires to build a permanent resource for the future study and appreciation of the works of Prince Paul Troubetzkoy.
FSG Literary Unit
Our literary projects include ‘Letters on Climate Change’, a collection of 80 letters from across the ages, in which authors decry the destruction of nature. Some of these letters changed the course of history; others are compelling examples of ecological thinking across time. In an age of environmental emergency, this collection of letters demonstrates a history of environmental concern, and shows what individuals have been doing, across different decades, to protect nature.
Another past project is ‘Enrico Caruso: By Himself’; a biography of the life of the Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso (1873–1921), drawn from a new archive of letters, postcards and ephemera, translated into English for the first time. The biography offers a new insight into the life of one of the first major celebrities of the 20th century, who became one of the first musical artists to sell over a million records in the 1910s.