Vijay is 2Funky Arts’ Artistic Director, with 26 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 a board member of Spark Arts for Children. 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.
Attish has over 20 years’ broadcasting experience and a passion for radio production. He started as a presenter on Fresh FM, where he developed skills in a variety of roles and cultivated an innovative approach. Attish joined Radio2Funky in 2020, around the time that the station launched its FM presence. With dedication and determination, he has a key part to play in raising awareness of the station and carving out a strong reputation for Radio2Funky locally, regionally and nationally. Bringing both mixing skills and community links to the table, he has already made a big impact on the station. With impressive music & media industry contacts, Attish is keen to support training and development opportunities for young, emerging presenters, and inspire them to participate.
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.
Marlon has extensive experience working with musicians and non-profit organisations in the arts. He has worked directly with musicians to book performances, rehearsals, and music-related events. He is a certified sound engineer and an active musician, with a passion for creating special events and programs. His knowledge and experience with curating events, and the arts sector, will be vital to the planning and delivery of our upcoming Record Store Project, which he will help to manage.