Vijay is 2Funky Arts’ Artistic Director, with 27 years’ arts & programming experience, driven by a passion for Black music & culture. He ran Leicester’s internationally renowned 2Funky Records from 1997-2012, alongside managing record labels such as Café De Soul and a variety of popular club nights. In 2007, he set up social enterprise 2Funky Arts, which was followed by internet based Radio2Funky in 2012 (now Ofcom FM/Dab Licensed).
In 2015, Vijay set up 2Funky Music Café, which has since added two new venues and become the mighty 2Funky Complex. Based in Leicester’s vibrant West End, this hosts a variety of happenings, from live music to clubnights, private parties to corporate events.
Vijay is Chair of Baby People and in 2020 he was given a #TogetherWeCare award for outstanding work in supporting local communities through the pandemic. He has also been an East Midlands Women’s Award Winner (Male Supporting Women category). Vijay is particularly experienced in developing multi-sectoral partnerships and managing artist development and large-scale public events.
Rebecca handles much of our fundraising, compliance, and evaluation, as well as overseeing brand representation. She has been with us since 2007, but with many more years’ arts experience. Her first venture was Project Coordinator for Leicester Comedy Festival, as part of their award-winning arts & health programme (Hurt Until It Laughs). Rebecca went on to work for The Spark Children Arts Festival and Mantle Arts. In 2016, she evaluated a Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust arts & mental health project (Project LALU). She has also worked in fundraising, which has included securing major bids through Arts Council, Youth Music, and The National Lottery Heritage & Community Funds. Early in her career, Rebecca was a music writer for The Big Issue and Phoenix Festival guide.
Sam has previously worked as a Creative Development Manager for Serendipity Artist Movement Ltd. He has a Research Masters in Music, Technology & Innovation, and a CM3 Project Management Award, through Innovate UK. He is responsible for managing 2Funky Arts projects including: Festival2Funky, And Still I Rise, TakeOff and Project LIVE. He is also responsible for the marketing and sustainability of the radio station, including generating income through sponsorship and non-commercial fundraising.
With a background in Human Resources and Event Planning, Francesca provides invaluable insight and assistance to the many projects 2Funky Arts run. She works with a variety of partners and artists, ensuring all access and support needs are explored and assists artists at projects. She has previously worked in various music venues and has experience as a promotions manager and bar supervisor. She is also the Social Secretary for Leicester’s Women’s and Non-Binary Baseball club, Leicester Diamonds.